Tag: Writing and Writers

Reagan Arthur Named Publisher at Knopf

Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday that Reagan Arthur is its new publisher, succeeding Sonny Mehta, who died at 77 in December after more than three decades at the helm of the august literary imprint. Arthur, 55, becomes just the fourth head of Knopf, following its namesake founder, Robert Gottlieb and Mehta. The imprint, which has […]

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Terry Jones, a Python and a Scholar, Is Dead at 77

Terry Jones, who earned a spot in comedic lore as a member of the British troupe Monty Python and also had success as a director, screenwriter and author, died Tuesday. He was 77. His death was confirmed by his ex-wife, Alison Telfer. Mr. Jones announced in 2016 that he had primary progressive aphasia, a neurological […]

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With His Fourth Book, Charles Yu Finally Feels Like a Writer

IRVINE, Calif. — Charles Yu is very interested in stories, both the stories we tell ourselves and the stories that are told to us, so let’s start with a story about him. Once upon a time, there was a boy born in Los Angeles to a Taiwanese mother and father. The boy spent his days […]

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In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn’t Past

ESSEN, Germany — Growing up in the 1990s in Berlin, the writer Max Czollek remembers, he and classmates occasionally unearthed human bones when they were playing outside their school. Years later, he learned that the site had been used as a deportation center during the Holocaust. “This was a place where Nazis gathered Jews and […]

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Roger Scruton, a Provocative Public Intellectual, Dies at 75

LONDON — Roger Scruton, a prominent British philosopher and public intellectual whose espousal of conservative causes and contentious views elicited both plaudits and opprobrium, which he likened to “falling to the bottom in my own country,” died on Sunday. He was 75. His family announced the death on his website without providing other details. Mr. […]

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I Can’t Afford These First Editions, but I Buy Them Anyway

Beneath tight brown paper, inside a bubble-wrapped box, nestled in plastic foam inside another sealed box, inside a package inside a FedEx envelope, the squat book sat — its plain red cover glowing like a battered ember: the first, unauthorized edition of “Religio Medici” by the 17th-century physician and writer’s writer Thomas Browne. It’s mine. […]

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Marion Chesney, a.k.a. Mystery Writer M.C. Beaton, Dies at 83

Marion Chesney, who in midlife began writing novels and produced more than 150, including mystery series written under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton that featured the endearing crime solvers Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, died on Dec. 31 at a hospital in Gloucester, in western England. She was 83. The St. Martin’s Publishing Group, whose Minotaur […]

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