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Uma Thurman Reads from Moby Dick and Salman Rushdie Wins a Prize at House of Speakeasy

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Good news: the written word thrives downtown. The brainchild of Doctor Amanda Foreman, the author of historical works like Georgiana: Duchess of Devon...

'I, Frankenstein' Movie Writers Clearly Never Read 'Frankenstein'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Well, it looks like the movie writers of the upcoming film "I, Frankenstein" never actually cracked Mary Shelley's Frankenstein open while writing the...

Bone-chilling Books to Curl Up With: Lynn Shepherd's A Fatal Likeness

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

On dark evenings like these, I want nothing more than a good book, but you won't catch me reading about Rudolph. In the classic Christmas tradition of bonny old England, I consider this a season for hauntings.

What Frankenstein Can Teach Us About the Real Crisis in the Humanities

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

What does it say about us as a society that - with a few exceptions for celebrities and superstars -- we reward money-and profit-oriented professions so much more readily and lavishly than art- and culture-making ones? And what it might mean for our future?

Zombie Babies and Frankenstein: Why Pop Culture Still Hesitates to Depict Undead Kids

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.07.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Hideously transformed children are still mostly forbidden by our aesthetic norms, but Shelley's novel reminds us that monstrosity takes many forms, and the most obvious are not always the most dangerous.

This Probably Isn't The 'Frankenstein' Mary Shelley Intended

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 10.04.2013 | Entertainment

The newest iteration of Frankenstein's monster, played by a buff Aaron Eckhart, is "like no other" -- unless you're familiar with "Hellboy" and "Prome...

A Fatal Likeness: Mary Shelley and Monsters

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.15.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Mary Shelley wrote the most famous monster story of all time, Frankenstein. Or did she really? That question is just one of the literary mysteries ex...

In Bonnets or Sweat Pants, We're Cultural Historians

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.

The Frankenstein's Monster of Social Media

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 05.29.2013 | College
Brian Rosenberg

In an age that is being shaped in so many ways by the creation and evolution of new forms of social media, I have been struck by the infrequency of serious discussion about what we have gained and what we have lost or are in imminent danger of losing.

The Gruesome, True Inspiration Behind 'Frankenstein'

Roseanne Montillo | Posted 04.07.2013 | Books
Roseanne Montillo

On January 17, 1803, George Foster sat in a grim cell of Newgate Prison, in London, awaiting execution. Having been arrested, indicted, and found guilty of murdering his wife and child, gallows had been erected, from which he would hang.

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

Movie Review: Frankenweenie

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not one who worships at the altar of Tim Burton, probably disliking his films as often as I am moved by them. But I fell hard for Frankenweenie, an extrapolation of a short film Burton made almost 30 years ago.

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

V Is for Vampire

Varla Ventura | Posted 04.15.2012 | Weird News
Varla Ventura

I had no idea what I had stumbled upon when I began reading The Vampyre, initially attracted only by its title.

Meatless Monday: Modern Frankenstein

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.31.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Frankenstein waited too long to make things right. It's not too late for us.

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.

Moonlight Was Present On Night Mary Shelley Came Up With 'Frankenstein,' Scientists Confirm

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

It wasn't a dark and stormy night when author Mary Shelley actually came up with the idea for "Frankenstein." In fact, the moon was shining through he...

Famous Authors Related by Blood or Marriage

Dave Astor | Posted 10.21.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

The Bronte sisters weren't alone in blood being as thick as ink.

British Library Launches Classic Book Reading App

BBC News | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books

A "treasure trove" of more than 60,000 19th Century books is being made available by the British Library in a new iPad application....

Why Libraries Still Matter

salon.com | Natasha Lennard | Posted 07.12.2011 | Books

There are bigger and busier libraries in America, but none more iconic than the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, that state...

PHOTOS: History’s Most Distinguished Literary Hair

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books

In preparation for Celebrating 100 Years, the New York Public Library’s centennial exhibition, the curators at the library came upon some unexpected...

Literary Prodigies: Fran Lebowitz Said There Aren't Any...True? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literary prodigies. In the Scorsese documentary on her, Fran Liebowitz claimed there weren't any, but we beg to differ. There's always Anne Frank, but...

The Patagonia Music Collective Launches -- Plus a Conversation With John Popper

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Today, the environmentally conscious clothing company Patagonia Inc. launches "The Patagonia Music Collective" by releasing two 11-track bundles that are part of an ongoing series intended to be a new model for green giving.

How to Write a Sentence -- and Why

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Stanley Fish's new book, How to Write A Sentence, is a fun book to read for the provided quotations alone. But don't skip the stuff in-between. That's where the lessons are.

It's Alive: Mary Shelley's first Work Gets Remixed

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Back in 1808, a 10-year-old Mary Shelley broke into the book business. Her anarchist philosopher father owned a publishing company, and was creating a children's book called Mounseer Nongtongpaw.