Happy 200th Birthday, Charles!

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7 Feb 1812 - 9 June 1870

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. (wikipedia)

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Happy 203rd Birthday, Edgar!

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Edgar Allan Poe January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849

 
Want to learn more about one of America’s most mysterious writers? Check out the Poe Museum located here in Richmond, VA. (credit for above photo goes to Poe Museum)
You can also read about Poe here or look for the following books in your local bookstore or library:
Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman
Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy by Jeffrey Meyers
Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh
Edgar Allen Poe: A Short Biography for Kids by Diane Phelps
And if you haven’t already (and even if you have), check out some of Poe’s work with this beautiful copy of The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe from Barnes and Noble.

Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


“Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s best-known novel, takes place in a bleak, hedonistic future where ideas are illegal and thinking is discouraged as people pursue lives of mindless happiness. In this world, firemen don’t put out fires—they start them—specifically, to any home containing that most forbidden of possessions: the printed book.”


First of all, Bradbury was a genius. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything he wrote that I didn’t absolutely love. He makes you think.


I read this book for the first time in middle school I think; I was around 13. I hadn’t read it in more than ten years when I decided to pick up again in January.


It’s a very fast read at only 190 pages, but such a great story; one every book lover should read.


It’s scary for me to imagine that there are people in the world who continually try to tell other people what they should and should not read. Take a look at any banned book list over the past few years and you will probably be surprised by the books that you see listed. Ironically enough, “Fahrenheit 451” is repeatedly banned and/or challenged. Really? Banning a book about banned books? *sigh*


Hardcover
190 pages
Published 2003 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1953)
With new forward by Author
ISBN13: 9781607511663
Hugo Award for Best Novel (1954), Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (1984)


5 stars