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Back to writers and books in the 2016 New Year.
Edith Wharton anyone? Film buffs of historical dramas?
Born during the Civil War, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book the Age of Innocence (1920) and was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. A novelist, travel and short story writer, she was also a garden and house designer
and committed deeds so heroic during WWI in France (her adopted country and permanent residence from her 50's until her death at 75 ) that the President of France appointed her Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France's highest award. Wharton was an avid traveler her entire life, journeying much of the time with fellow friends and writers such as her great friend Henry James. Her confidants and admirers included artists, writers and politicians such as Joseph Conrad, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, Andre Gide, Theodore Roosevelt, and historians Bernard Berenson and Kenneth Clark. Her books on interior design and garden design include The Decoration of Houses, Italian Villas and Their Gardens. The home in which she lived her 28 years of married life to Edward Robbins Wharton in Lenox MA, called The Mount, remains, today, a cultural center and historic house museum visited by close to 40,000 visitors a year. For more on the life of Edith Wharton go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Wharton
Check out films made from Wharton's books:  
Ethan Frome starring Liam Neeson  1993
The Age of Innocence starring Daniel Day Lewis 1993
The Buccaneers BBC mini-series starring Carla Gugino 1995
The House of Mirth starring Gillian Anderson  2000
The Reef starring Timothy Dalton 1999
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Poet Emily Dickinson:
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The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him
Is aristocracy.
The great American poet Emily Dickinson, was born in December of 1830, dying of Bright’s Disease in 1886. Known in her community of Amherst MA as a botanist, baker, gardener and care giver to her mother, she also, unbeknownst to her family, wrote hundreds of poems in her deeply original style, secreting them away in a trunk in her room. Dickinson's least favorite season was winter and she wrote very little poetry that references the winter season or the Christmas holiday. However, in the spirit of the season, some of Dickinson’s major themes were hope, faith, and love. Her insights into these realms of human nature are known the world over for their wisdom and truth. This fact is considered ironic as Dickinson, a spinster, travelled little and was a recluse for much of her 30's until her death at age 55. Despite this, she was a lively correspondent and exchanged letters with family, friends, publishers and famous Transcendentalist writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Whitman and Emerson. Dickinson also had a glorious sense of humor as evidenced in these little gems on faith and love.
“Faith” is a fine invention
For Gentlemen who see!
But Microscopes are prudent
in an Emergency!
~Emily Dickinson
I HELD a jewel in my fingers
And I went to sleep.
The day was warm, and winds were prosy;
I said: “T’will keep.”
I woke and chide my honest fingers, -
The gem was gone;
And now an amethyst remembrance
Is all I own.
~Emily Dickinson
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Jane Austen (1775-1817)
“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”
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Most Americans are familiar with Jane Austen’s wonderful stories through film adaptations of her novels: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion and others.
Educated by her father and brothers, she was supported as a writer by her close-knit family living on the fringes of the landed gentry. Almost nothing is known of the ‘real’ Jane as most of her correspondence was destroyed and only an estimated 160 letters of the 3,000 she is known to have written, escaped being burned or heavily censored by family members. What we know of her personality and personal philosophy is taken from her stories and characters, all of which contain autobiographical content.  Her books were published anonymously, though the books were known to be written by ‘A Lady’. In her own era, most critics viewed her work favorably, focusing on the moral lessons and realism of her stories. However, considered to be a writers-writer, Austen’s books didn’t reflect the romantic or Victorian style of the times. For this reason her books sold well but were not best sellers. Austen is now considered to be one of the most widely read authors in English literature, treasured by readers and scholars for their insights into British society of her period. Several films have attempted to portray Jane Austen’s life story, both released in 2007: Becoming Jane and Miss Austen Regrets. In the last several years a large numbers of popular spin-off spoofs and chic lit books loosely based on Austen’s novels , have pioneered a whole new sub-genre of Austen themed books with such titles as Pride and Predator, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Jane Bites Back. Austen’s own biting commentary, subtle irony and realistic, if not cynical view of human relationships lend themselves to parody.
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Author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) is most known to American readers for The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven novels beginning with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (1950) and ending with The Last Battle (1956). The series tells the epic story of a family of children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, who, following the outbreak of WWII, are sent to live in an estate in the English countryside. There they discover a cupboard whose back panel leads to a magical world called Narnia. The Kingdom of Narnia is at war led by Aslan, a talking lion and King of Narnia against the evil, White Witch who has cursed Narnia to a perpetual winter with no Christmas. The series has been in continuous publication since 1956 and sold over one-hundred million copies in forty-seven different languages.
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien both served on the faculty of Oxford University and became life- long friends. Both were members of the Church of England and Lewis went on to gain a reputation as a lecturer and author on subjects relating to Christianity, especially his memorable and inspirational war time broadcasts. Only one of these broadcasts survives because, at the time, audio reels were recycled for further war effort use.
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