It is the first novel of the modern teenage years. They had time on their hands and angst in their hearts. Graham said.
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There is a strong dialogue between the book and the teenage experience—they are mutually shaping. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man The novel was awarded the National Book Award in When I examined the rather rigid concepts of reality which informed a number of the works which impressed me and to which I owed a great deal, I was forced to conclude that for me and for so many hundreds of thousands of Americans, reality was simply far more mysterious and uncertain, and at the same time more exciting, and still, despite its raw violence and capriciousness, more promising.
I was to dream of a prose which was flexible, and swift as American change is swift, confronting the inequalities and brutalities of our society forthrightly, but yet thrusting forth its images of hope, human fraternity, and individual self-realization. A prose which would make use of the richness of our speech, the idiomatic expression, and the rhetorical flourishes from past periods which are still alive among us.
Despite my personal failures there must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.
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The novel manages to be many things at once; this is one of its many strengths. In a radio interview, Bradbury explained it in the context of government censorship:. I wrote this book at a time when I was worried about the way things were going in this country four years ago.
Too many people were afraid of their shadows; there was a threat of book burning. Many of the books were being taken off the shelves at that time. And of course, things have changed a lot in four years. Things are going back in a very healthy direction. But at the time I wanted to do some sort of story where I could comment on what would happen to a country if we let ourselves go too far in this direction, where then all thinking stops, and the dragon swallows his tail, and we sort of vanish into a limbo and we destroy ourselves by this sort of action.
When I was fifteen, he burnt the books in the streets of Berlin. Then along the way I learned about the libraries in Alexandria burning five thousand years ago. That grieved my soul. And if it could happen in Alexandria, if it could happen in Berlin, maybe it could happen somewhere up ahead, and my heroes would be killed. Whatever it means, it remains an enduring classic.
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Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring None other than W. Tolkien has succeeded superbly, and what happened in the year of the Shire in the Third Age of Middle Earth is not only fascinating in A. No fiction I have read in the last five years has given me more joy than The Fellowship of the Ring. It is also generally agreed to be the best literary epic ever written, and has had untold influence on the genre ever since its publication.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita Within four days of publication in the U. It is certainly a book about rape, though it does not invite us to accept rape. It is certainly a book about erotic obsession, though we are meant to pity the obsessed.
It is certainly an enduring literary masterpiece. James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son That is, with these ten essays, as well as much of his other writing and speaking, he helped haul America into the second half of the twentieth century. He also influenced a whole generation of American writers. Some fantasies will be broadcast and even some truths will be told.
Someone will speak of the essayist James Baldwin in his role as the biblical prophet Isaiah admonishing his country to repent from wickedness and create within itself a clean spirit and a clean heart. Others will examine Baldwin the playwright and novelist who burned with a righteous indignation over the paucity of kindness, the absence of love and the crippling hypocrisy he saw in the streets of the United States and sensed in the hearts of his fellow citizens.
I will speak of James Baldwin, my friend and brother.
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Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged It was a bestseller in the week of its release and for 22 weeks in total, and sales rose again after the financial crisis. It has remained popular among high school students and conservatives an apparently odd paring, though I can think of a few other qualities that unite them , the former likely in part because the Ayn Rand institute donates , copies of her novels to high schools every year.
For Carew, the news added surreal stress to her grief. Some observers believed Harner resorted to plagiarism to keep her rankings up, Carew said.
Before she was caught, Harner was considered unusually prolific, producing 75 novels in five years. Amazon rewards writers who come out with new books quickly by putting them higher in the rankings, which in turn means more sales. This policy also puts pressure on authors to write more to maintain visibility and to offset the dropping price of ebooks. When a reader buys a self-published book, Amazon keeps 30 percent of the royalties and gives the rest to the authors—meaning the company makes money whether the book is plagiarized or not.
A traditional publisher is liable if it puts out a book that violates copyright. Amazon regularly complies with this rule, and plagiarized books are removed from the site. Still, Amazon has the biggest chunk of the self-published ebook market, with some estimates putting it at 85 percent.
Without Amazon, few authors could make a living self publishing. These issues become especially sticky when the plagiarized book sells well. The novel won awards and sold well but eventually went out of print, and the copyright reverted to the authors. Even worse, Tear Drop was a number-one bestseller in the Irish crime-fiction category. Memories of late nights, pulling our hair out over plot problems, tending to young children, and now some stranger had come along and stolen them.
Many of her books are still available on the site through third-party sellers. There was also the question of how much money Clancy made. Even in cases where the company has removed books for copyright infringement, the author must provide further documentation to receive royalties.
Because plagiarists are driven more by financial motivations than creative or artistic ones, they tend to be repeat offenders. In a blog post , she explained that she got into self-publishing because she was inspired by Amanda Hocking, who famously got rich via Amazon.
Williams, who plagiarized both authors in one book, Amazingly Broken. Using the work of two successful authors in one novel turned out well for Williams: Although Amazingly Broken was only up for a week, it reached number 50 in the Kindle store, which meant it made enough to force Webber and McGuire to get lawyers involved. Plagiarists usually hide behind multiple aliases, stolen biographies, and fake photographs. Bloggers and readers discovered that Williams used several identities and that the blonde woman on the author profile was a photograph from a modeling site.
In legal proceedings, it surfaced that Williams is a man. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount, which Webbers and McGuire ended up donating to charity. When Webber found out her work was plagiarized, she cried. To describe how she felt at the time, Webber used a word that comes up repeatedly when authors talk about plagiarism: violated. The effects of plagiarism go beyond lawsuits and royalties, as was the case for Chase Weston, whom Tiffanie Rushton also allegedly targeted. A former soldier who served in Iraq, Weston survived an IED attack with a broken back and brain injury. He wrote about his experiences at a treatment center for combat veterans with PTSD, which was published online as Terror in a Cloud of Dust.
Though the specifics vary from case to case, being the subject of Internet plagiarism is inevitably an ordeal.