Making History

All authors want to be published and relatively well known in their lifetimes. Some are. And a few of those (very few) actually manage to help change history. One of those was Thomas Paine, an Englishman whose pamphlet, Common Sense, helped drive the American Revolution and shape many of its core beliefs. The pamphlet was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776. It became an … Continue reading Making History

Unpublished Bronte Manuscript Sells for $1 Million

An unpublished manuscript written by Charlotte Bronte when she was 14 years old sold at auction in London yesterday for £690,850 (just over $1 million). The itty bitty book, which measures 35mm by 61mm, is titled “Young Men’s Magazine, Number 2” and dated August 1830. The Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Paris purchased the book and plans to exhibit it in January. Click here … Continue reading Unpublished Bronte Manuscript Sells for $1 Million

The Perfect Summer

Our lucky British friends get Downton Abbey back this weekend, while those of us on the wrong side of the pond have to wait until 2012 for season 2. Thanks a lot, PBS! If, like me, you’re looking for something to fill the time, or if you’re curious about what life in the Downton Days was like, Juliet Nicholson’s book The Perfect Summer: England in … Continue reading The Perfect Summer