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Posts Tagged ‘Henry James’

Gretchen McNeil: ‘The setting of a horror story is as important as the plot.’

Happy October! In honor of the Halloween season, we’ll be interviewing horror writers to learn about the craft of scaring readers. Recently, we spoke with young adult novelist Gretchen McNeil.

In September, HarperCollins Children’s Books published McNeil’s latest novel. When Barnes & Noble decided not to carry this title in their stores, she launched an internet marketing campaign called the “Army of TEN” and offered incentives for readers who helped to promote the book.

Currently, this title holds the #88 spot on Amazon’s list of bestselling teen books in the “mysteries” category. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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Henry James Has Generated the Most Scholarly Writing

Over at Commentary, you can find a list of the American writers ranked by the amount of scholarly writing they have generated over the last 25 years. Henry James leads the list–scholars have written 3,188 pieces about his work.

Many of these writers have free eBooks available online. We’ve created a list below linking to free digital book editions of works by these writers.

Here’s more about the list: “Over the past 25 years, Henry James has been the top-ranked American writer, according to the latest MLA International Bibliography. More than 3,000 pieces of scholarship have been devoted to him in whole or part since 1987 … Here are the top American writers as determined by the amount of scholarship on each. In brackets is the rise or fall of each writer when compared to his or her ranking since 1947.”

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wowOwow Launches Books Campaign

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The website wowOwow has launched a new reading project called “Words Move Me,” asking readers and literary celebrities to explain which books inspire them. Editors Note: An earlier version of this post referenced a Sony Reader giveaway that has already ended.

If you need inspiration, here are of a few of this GalleyCat editor’s favorites. Salon.com senior writer Rebecca Traister confessed her love for Willa Cather‘s “My Antonia;” “Practical Magic” author Alice Hoffman cheered “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte; and finally, “Prospect Park West” author Amy Sohn explained her feelings for Mary Gordon‘s “Final Payments.”

Here’s a post from Judith Martin (Miss Manners) about the book that moves her: “For relief I turn to Henry James‘ “The Death of the Lion” for the best description of the sort of newspaper editor I used to work for…”