Love Letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Free Sylvia Plath, 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:

The charity Borders Group Foundation, which was funded primarily by employees of the defunct Borders bookstores—has changed its name to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, moved its headquarters, and expanded its mission to help "book industry workers nationwide in times of need." (Chicago Tribune)

If you're a writer, chances are you've been rejected—GalleyCat explains how to stay positive.

A small press in Germany, Luxbooks, which focuses on American poetry in bilingual editions, is lobbying to purchase the rights to Sylvia Plath's first book, The Colossus and Other Poems, which has never been published in Germany.

In the wake of Chris Brown's performance at the recent Grammy Awards, writer and publisher Roxane Gay addresses the "young ladies who love Chris Brown so much they would let him beat them." (Rumpus)

Beginning today, Valentine's Day, the collected love letters between the poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning have been digitized and made freely available online. "I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett…" (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Electric Literature features a letter written to a young writer in New York City, Brenda Ueland, from an adoring Nobel Prize-winner twice her age, Fridtjof Nansen. (Nansen also included nude photos of himself.)

The Los Angeles Times asks: "Which classic work of literature is the most romantic?"

And Flavorwire lists books that will change your perception of love, including Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality.

Happy Valentine's Day!