Chasing Elizabeth Bishop, Tennessee Williams Reads Hart Crane, 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:

In a recent interview, Alice Munro indicated she might be stepping away from writing. (Slate)

Sam Taylor-Johnson has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. (Hollywood Reporter)

For the Paris Review Daily, Laura C. Mallonee chases the ghost of poet Elizabeth Bishop across Manhattan.

Debut author Kelsey Osgood reveals her childhood attraction to Kafka. (New Yorker)

Meanwhile, Joseph Epstein asks, “Is Franz Kafka overrated?” (Atlantic)

Maria Popova found audio recordings of playwright Tennessee Williams reading the poetry of Hart Crane. (Brian Pickings)

Simon & Schuster and the newly renovated Algonquin Hotel announced a partnership that will offer guests an “enhanced visit” when they frequent the famed literary hangout. (Shelf Awareness)

If you visit New York City soon, after the Algonquin, on display at the Morgan Library is the oldest book printed in English.