Fun Facts Friday: Edmund Wilson
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 8, 2020

Edmund Wilson’s critique helped to interest the public in the works of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as establishing a new evaluation of the works of Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling

Book Review: Albert Einstein Speaking by R. J. Gadney

About: Albert Einstein Speaking by R. J. Gadney is a part biography / part historical fiction about the most famous scientist of our time. Mr. Gadney was a teacher, television producer, and an award winning scriptwriter who unfortunately passed away in May, 2018.  272 pages Publisher: Canongate Books Language: English ISBN-10: 178689047X My rating for Albert Einstein Speaking – 3 Buy Albert Einstein Speaking* More Books by R. J. Gadney* Thoughts: I found this strange book to be a charming, light read but a bit strange and difficult to get into. The format of Albert Einstein Speaking by R. J. Gadney is partly journalistic fact reporting, mixed with fictional dialogue in between. Even though the book is separated into five long chapters, each one is made up of very short sections, quick to read and comprehend.  Unlike the excellent biography Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, the author does not try to explain the theory of relativity or any other of Prof. Einstein’s ideas in any great length. The book starts off in a manner which really throws the reader off, a phone call between a young Bostonian student in Princeton, how mistakenly called the famous physicist. An interesting beginning, but unfortunately we…

Book Review: The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson

About: The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775 – 1777 by Rick Atkinson is a history book, first of a trilogy, which describes the first 21 months of the American Revolutionary War. Mr. Atkinson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and historian. 800 pages Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Language: English ISBN-10: 1627790438 My rating for The British are Coming – 5 Buy The British are Coming from* More Books by Rick Atkinson* Thoughts: We always learn about the heroics of the American Revolutionary War, but many seem to forget that it was still war, brutal and violent with small acts of heroism as well as nation building events. In his book, The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775 – 1777, historian Rick Atkinson doesn’t forget that, quite the opposite, his narrative thrives on those subjects. The books description of battle and tactics, especially those in Boston (Lexington, Concord), are vivid, exciting and informative. The author puts in a lot of detail which he either simply made up, or discovered by conjuncture. For example, how did he know that the soldiers wet shoes squelched? You either assume, or try and find out what the…

Fun Facts Friday: Bel Kaufman
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 10, 2019

Bel Kaufman (10 May, 1911 – 25 July, 2014) was an American author and educator known for her novel Up the Down Staircase (1964). More Books by Bel Kaufman* Ms. Kaufman, born as Bella, in Berlin, Germany to Russian immigrants. The family returned to Russia where her father became a physician and her mother wrote books under the name Lala Kaufman. The famous Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem is Ms. Kaufman’s grandfather. In 1922 the Kaufman family emigrated to the United States, where her father practiced medicine in Newark, NJ. Because she couldn’t speak English, the 12 year old Bella was placed with first graders at the public school, however she credits the teacher who helped her learn English in elementary school for her love of English Literature. Putting a 12 year old with first grade students is a disgraceful and distasteful act which could have had a devastating lifetime effect (not a fact, just my take). Eventually Ms. Kaufman graduated from Hunter College, and got a Master’s degree in literature from Columbia University. Ms. Kaufman worked as a high school teach in New York City while writing part-time under the nom de plume “Bel” Kaufman. The author’s first novel, Up…

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