Emily Brontë’s Bicentennial, Thomas Jefferson Books Found in Dumpster, and More


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 honor of Emily Brontë’s two-hundredth birthday, the Guardian looks back at her life and her classic novel, Wuthering Heights, a “cornerstone of literary culture.”

At the Washington Post, Ron Charles meditates on Wuthering Heights as an “extravagantly turbulent novel” that dazzles with its “preternatural modernity” and “exponential emotions.”

After finding several books formerly owned by Thomas Jefferson in a dumpster in Incline Village, Nevada, in 2014, a man has tracked down the original present-day owners of the books. (Sacramento-Bee)

Publishing expert Judith Appelbaum died last week at the age of seventy-eight. Appelbaum worked as the managing editor of Publishers Weekly in the eighties and published the best-selling book How to Get Happily Published: A Complete and Candid Guide in 1978. (New York Times)

R. O. Kwon talks with NPR about religious fundamentalism, loving God but not believing in God, and her debut novel, The Incendiaries.

Read an excerpt of Kwon’s novel, which was featured in the Poets & Writers annual debut fiction feature, “First Fiction.”

“Childhood books offer an opportunity to sit down in the river of time, if just for a moment, and ponder the full scope of one’s life.” Emma Court surveys critics, therapists, and writers about why we reread childhood books as an adult. (Atlantic)

Five years after the completion of the Penguin Group­–Random House merger, Publishers Weekly considers how the two publishers pulled it off.

VICE attends India’s first transgender poetry meet, which “reflected the community’s daily struggle to become mainstream” and “highlighted clashes and a lack of unity within the community itself.”

“Poetry is a veil in front of a heart beating at a very fast pace.” Jericho Brown talks about using the Bible in his poetry, working as a speechwriter in New Orleans, and teaching creative writing. (Guardian)