The opening of The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel's third Thomas Cromwell novel, has just been published in The Guardian. You can also hear it read by Ben Miles. Well, this is beyond good news. And if the opening is any indication, this could be the best of the three. Mantel's writing retains all of its menace and humor. It will be published on March 5, which can't come soon enough. However long it is, it will be read in one sitting.
An article by Vincent Dowd at BBC News reports on the latest film version of Jane Austen's Emma. The screenplay is written by Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries) and directed by Autumn de Wilde. It looks terrific. You can see the trailer here on YouTube.
Terrific article in The Washington Post by Anna Nordberg about how re-reading Little Women provides great lessons on parenting. Nordberg writes, "it is the clearest, bravest and most nuanced literary road map I've seen on how to be a healthy family." Greta Gerwig's movie version of the book has created even greater interest in Louisa May Alcott and her much loved work. We've created three beautifully illustrated Alcott-themed stickers that are the perfect size for phones, laptops and cars. You can see all of them here.
You will definitely enjoy this article in the New York Times by Tina Jordan. It's called "Oops! Famously Scathing Reviews of Classic Books From the Times's Archive." They got a lot wrong, disliking even Catch-22 and Ulysses. Perhaps truly great books are so different, people can't understand them right away—it's as if the authors are writing for an audience years down the road. Although how anyone could not enjoy Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (the only woman author on the list) is hard to fathom. One hopes more women are being wrongly critiqued nowadays. Famously, all the critics hated this guy's works.