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

Dancing through Dante’s Inferno

Recently I have written blogs that were basically of the solemnity variety; it is time for levity.   The holidays are here It is time for cheer. (Happy face.)   I used to be a psychologist and I really enjoyed … Continue reading

Three Pinnacles of Fame: The Life and Works of Irwin Shaw

A great writer died in 1984 and hardly anybody noticed. He was famous three different times during his career, lived life to the fullest, but was quickly forgotten. He wrote two short stories that will likely remain among America’s best, … Continue reading