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A Musical Based On 'War And Peace'??

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 07.17.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — What do you get when you take a 70-page melodrama at the center of "War and Peace" and turn it into a musical? Now layer dance music ...

First Nighter: Richard Greenberg's The Assembled Parties Well Assembled by Manhattan Theatre Club

David Finkle | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It's a strongly recommended drama that takes place on Manhattan's Central Park West in a beautifully furnished 14-room apartment, the confusing layout of which eventually becomes a metaphor for all the lost souls trying to find their way in a perplexing, disappointing life.

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

This Anna Karenina Is Unhappy in Her Own Spectacular Way

Edward Goldman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I want to tell you about an exhibition -- of a sort -- consisting of hundreds if not thousands of striking images presented onscreen to an audience eager to get to know the latest version of Leo Tolstoy's spectacularly unhappy Anna Karenina.

Christopher Rosen

What 'Anna Karenina' Star Keira Knightley Isn't Good At

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.15.2012 | Entertainment

Since Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" was published in 1877, there have been some 25 adaptations of the epic novel for either film or television, with a...

Authors Amid the Rock Bands on YouTube

Dave Astor | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Some people (like me!) are so busy reading books that they don't bother much with moving-image media such as films and TV. But what about watching YouTube videos relating to ... authors!

Book Titles That May Not Be Ideal

Dave Astor | Posted 09.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

If you can't judge a book by its cover, can you judge a book by its title? I ask that because there are some novels with a title character who is not the most prominent or interesting person in the book.

Know These Books

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Lists are arbitrary. No formula can rank James Joyce over Vladimir Nabokov, or Edith Wharton over Jane Austen. The intellectual knows it's most important to try and read all those great novels.

Reader Reports Anti-Kindle Copy Of Nook Ebook

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.07.2012 | Technology

The Nook-Kindle ereader rivalry just took an odd turn. Blogger Philip Howard noticed an error in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace while reading the mons...

Close and Not-So-Close Encounters With Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature fans love "encounters" with living or dead authors. These might involve seeing novelists at book signings, listening to them give a talk, or visiting homes/museums connected with famous authors of the past.

Don't Blame These Book Problems on the Author!

Dave Astor | Posted 12.18.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

So, with an affectionate nod to Peeves the Poltergeist of Harry Potter, here are a few book-related pet peeves that aren't the authors' fault.

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

HuffPost Readers' Picks: Best First Sentences In Books

Posted 07.26.2011 | Books

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortun...

Unlikely Heroines In Literature

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.09.2011 | Books

Sometimes even the most literary among us need some suggestions. And who better to oblige than the authors themselves? Welcome to Bookshelf, wherein w...

Portraits Of Authors In Their Own Words

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books

People say that the lines in your face are representative of the life you’ve led – as in, love your laugh lines because clearly you’ve had a goo...

Old Books You Love: What Older Books Are You Reading Or Dying To Read? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 06.03.2011 | Books

We asked you what book you're reading (or dying to read) that is over 15 years old. We received a flood of responses--see #oldbooksilove. On Twitt...

Favorite Rereads: What Do You Come Back To Time And Time Again? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books

Author François Mauriac once said, "Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are' is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what ...

Keep Away From Women: Among Tolstoy's 10 Rules Of Life

Boing Boing | Mark Frauenfelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project (a book about how to be more happy and grateful, which I enjoyed very much) ran this list of Tolstoy's...

What If "A Moveable Feast" Had Been Titled "A Moveable Snack?"

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Twitter hashtag, #lessambitiousbooks, is making another trending appearance this week. These are our current favorites. Got a better one? Let u...

My Reading Life: The Scales Have Fallen From My Eyes

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The power and draw of Pat Conroy remains, but with limitations. My Reading Life has opened me up to his faults -- things which I did not want to see in the past or which were not as blatant.

War and Peace: Re-Starting Life By Reading Books

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

How should we live? I look for answers in books. And War and Peace is a source to be mined again and again, a book that will never grow dusty for the re-start it offers.

Tolstoy Fled In The Middle Of The Night 100 Years Ago Today

Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today, on October 28, exactly 100 years ago, Leo Tolstoy disappeared in the middle of the night. He was found two days later in a monastery; his flig...

Nobel Prize Snubs In Literature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace and literature with a medal, personal diploma, cas...

13 Books Nobody's Read But Says They Have (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books are a funny thing. For hundreds of years, reading has been considered one of the highest forms of enlightenment. Because of the meaning and valu...

Karl Marlantes: My Top 10 War Stories

The Guardian | Karl Marlantes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"It seems to me that a great war book must speak the truth about war; that it is mostly tedious, numbing, confusing, occasionally thrilling, filled wi...