Catcher in the Rye and the Mystery of J. D. Salinger

Catcher in the Rye is the most overrated novel in the history of American literature. I first read it at age nineteen because everyone was raving about it, and remember thinking, what is the big deal? I re-read it at … Continue reading

Literature, Writing, and More Rejection

Since this blog was begun with the idea of writing about the literary world and the constant rejection indigenous to it, it behooves me to bring the reading public up to date on the latest. I can confess now that … Continue reading

The Ephemeral Fame of Somerset Maugham

In 1897, at the ripe young age of 23, W. Somerset Maugham, published his first novel, Lisa of Lambeth, which became an instant best seller. Though trained in medicine, Maugham abandoned the idea of being a doctor and embraced writing … Continue reading

Wit, Quips, and Waggery: the Legacy of Dorothy Parker

It has been forty-eight years since the death Dorothy Parker in 1967 and she is probably best known for being a part of the Algonquin Club, and her wisecracks recorded therein. (When looking for a new apartment she said, “I … Continue reading

Arthur Conan Doyle and his Creation: Sherlock Holmes

It is generally agreed that the most famous fictional detective in the world is Sherlock Holmes. Films, books, plays and various other artistic modalities have been utilized to feature this forerunner of the modern scientific method in detective sleuthing. He … Continue reading