Celebrity Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, Larry McMurtry Documentary, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Barnes & Noble’s recent earnings were restated, revealing the severance package of its departing CEO. (Shelf Awareness)

Boston Globe recounts the early-career celebrity status of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Real reading is reincarnation.” In an essay adapted from his book Why Teach? In Defense of a Real Education, Mark Edmundson describes the ideal student of English. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Meanwhile, Slate warns of the dangers of a “bad ellipsis habit.”

BuzzFeed rounds up ten impressive literary beards.

Alexander Nazaryan details why readers (and journalists) are consumed with the drinking habits of famous authors. (Atlantic Wire)

A documentary is in the works about author Larry McMurtry's auction of three hundred thousand books from his store holdings. (Fine Books & Collections)