Last Days of William Butler Yeats, Literary Love Affairs, 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:

Jacqueline Corso, a managing executive of Barnes & Noble’s Nook division, left the company. Corso’s is the most recent in a string of departures. (Digital Reader)

Meanwhile, Amazon is expanding its Kindle business in Brazil. (Shelf Awareness)

The Pacific Standard reports that despite predictions of obsolescence, U. S. libraries are active and vital.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Jason Diamond rounds up the greatest love affairs in literature, including the characters Robin Vote and Nora Flood in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood. (Flavorwire)

Michele Filgate speaks with author Olivia Laing about mythologies surrounding alcoholism and writing. (BuzzFeed)

The Irish Times examines the last days of William Butler Yeats, who died seventy-five years ago in France.

At the New Yorker, Erin Overbey revisits Calvin Tomkins’s story “Living Well Is the Best Revenge,” which was first published in 1958, then expanded into a book in 1971, and recently reissued from MOMA.