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Author Recognition and Some Fun…

February 28, 2014
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Yesterday Google celebrated John Steinbeck’s birthday with a doodle. You can view it through this link – http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/27/john-steinbeck-google-doodle/?iid=nf-article-mostpop1

Literary heroes are celebrated and rightly so, but shouldn’t they have as much postive fanfare when they are alive? When we list literary greats, many had conflict and dire circumstances in their lives. Would optimistic recognition have helped them or made their particular troubles worse? Some obviously did become the target of media frenzies in modern times but what of earlier authors? Just to take one female author – Charlotte Bronte. She had to write under a man’s name in order to be published and ‘recognized’. In this digital age recognition, whether good or bad is immediate but for these authors they never knew their fame. http://www.policymic.com/articles/62651/9-incredible-writers-who-only-became-famous-after-death

FunDayOn the subject of fame I cannot omit this quote, which in itself is famous!

In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. ANDY WARHOL

Fame or infamy, either one is preferable to being forgotten. CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI
And now for your fun prompt – You are a sudden sensation and the media are camped outside your home. How do you handle it?

What the Wrath..?

September 9, 2013
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Wrath – definition: strong, stern, or fierce anger

A word that epitomizes  the struggle or fight against injustice in numerous movies and novels. The modern fantasy genre uses it in generous helpings. The Wrath of Khan and Wrath of the Titans come to mind almost immediately after the great novel, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Although written in 1939 it is still read in educational institutions due to its historical context and enduring legacy.

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The story is set in the Great Depression (is that an oxymoron?) and follows the Joads family, who leave their farm in Oklahoma for California. Driven from the Dust Bowl by drought, economic hardship and changes in the agriculture industry.

Steinbeck was honored with the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for novels and Grapes was prominently cited when he won the Nobel Prize. He was a prolific writer and his bibliography includes 29 novels, some of which were published after his death in 1968.

As authors we endeavor to create such long lasting stories.

Who is your literary hero? Have you read The Grapes of Wrath?

JOHN STEINBECK

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