Welcome to Interesting Literature, an online library of all that is most interesting and captivating about literature. Here you’ll find fun facts, interesting research into writers and their work, and blog posts which seek to capture the most fascinating facets of the literary world. So pull up a chair at this virtual library of literary wonder, and begin browsing!
The Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, located in Illinois, is a must-visit location for Hemingway fans. Hemingway spent the first six years of his life in the house. Check the website for information about the museum and special events. The September 29th event looks like fun.
Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, will present Hemingway’s affection for and writing about the art of the well-made drink. The Chicago Tribune called his book “a refreshing take on Hemingway. “ The book explores the drinks in Hemingway’s work, from the absinthe of For Whom the Bell Tolls to the Jack Rose of The Sun Also Rises.
What do Charles Dickens, Algernon Blackwood, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and W.B.Yeats all have in common? They were members of The Ghost Club.
The Ghost Club is the oldest organization in the world associated with research of psychic events and issues. The group was founded in 1862 and exists today. Their website states:
Today the Ghost Club is a non-profit, social club run by an elected Council of volunteers and its purpose remains true to its roots; the Ghost Club offers open-minded, curious individuals the opportunity to debate, explore and investigate unexplained phenomena with like-minded people and record the results for posterity.
Are you a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald? Then check out the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. Their website proclaims, “Anyone interested in the works and life of F. Scott Fitzgerald is welcome.”
The site has resources, frequently asked questions and a great biography section. The biography, written by Matthew J. Bruccoli, captures the euphoric highs and the heart-breaking lows of the life of Fitzgerald. It ends with this paragraph:
F. Scott Fitzgerald died believing himself a failure. The obituaries were condescending, and he seemed destined for literary obscurity. The first phase of the Fitzgerald resurrection — “revival” does not properly describe the process — occurred between 1945 and 1950. By 1960 he had achieved a secure place among America’s enduring writers. The Great Gatsby, a work that seriously examines the theme of aspiration in an American setting, defines the classic American novel.
Moby Dick Big Read is an innovative website. Every day the site features a chapter of Moby Dick read by a different celebrity. The chapters are accompanied by images from the world of complementary art. Fun!! The site started releasing just this week so head on over today.
When I saw the Classic Book Club site my first thought was, “Why haven’t I heard about this before?” My second thought was, “What a great idea for a site. I wish I would have thought of it.”
The site is filled with book reviews. The reviews aren’t scholarly. Instead they’re the opinions of someone reading the stories for pleasure. Did they like it? What part of the novel appealed to them? I found it refreshing to find other people who think that classic literature can be fun to read.