Monthly Archives: May 2021

Joan Schenkar, biographer of Patricia Highsmith, dies at 78

“Schenkar’s writing is witty, crisp, and light, a tremendous achievement given the immense detail of this biography,” novelist Jeanette Winterson wrote in a review of The New York Times. “Highsmith was a detail junkie. Schenkar’s method of nonlinear organization was a brilliant idea to save itself – and the reader …

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Philip Roth biographer Blake Bailey accused of rape

Blake bailey Photo: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images On Tuesday, WW publisher Norton & Company took what the new York Times described as “extraordinary response to allegations against [an] author ”: He has announced that he will permanently remove an out-of-print bestselling biography of author …

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Woman exchange discovered in a medieval manuscript

Scientists using infrared technology have discovered a female swap in a medieval manuscript, with a French duke’s first wife painted with the second when he remarried. The 15th-century manuscript is a Book of Hours, an illustrated prayer book commissioned by the wealthy, and is titled The Hours of Isabella Stuart. …

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