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25 Interesting Facts about American Literature

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Interesting Literature

Interesting trivia about American writers and their work

As it’s Independence Day, how about some facts about the great and the good from American literature, from Edgar Allan Poe to Toni Morrison? What follows is a compilation of our 25 favourite facts about American authors and their writing.

Edgar Allan Poe’s prose-poem Eureka predicts the Big Bang theory by some eighty years.

Marlon Brando was a huge fan of Toni Morrison; he would often call her up and read passages of her own novels which he particularly enjoyed.

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An insightful review of PURE TRASH by Marilyn Armstrong, author of The 12-Foot Teepee. ~ Bette A. Stevens



There are so many television shows and movies, not to mention sappy posts on Facebook and other social media sites about “the good old days” … kind of makes me a trifle queasy. As someone who grew up in those good old days, I can attest to their not being all that great. There were good things about them, but it was by no means all roses.

Good is a relative term, after all. If you were white, Christian and middle class … preferably male and not (for example) a woman with professional ambitions … the world was something resembling your oyster. A family could live on one salary. If you were “regular folk” and didn’t stand out in any particular way, life could be gentle and sweet.

The thing is, an awful lot of people aren’t and weren’t people who could blend in. If you were poor, anything but…

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183. Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me? ~Walt Whitman

Need some inspiration? There’s nothing like Nature, a little Walt Whitman and a bit of Shakespeare, too… ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com


Sacred Touches

And this our life,
exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees,
books in running brooks,
sermons in stones,
and good in everything.
~William Shakespeare


Standing beneath the Shumard Red Oak made me feel like I was standing in a temple of the Most High.  The breeze was ruffling its leaves, and they in turn were prompting sacred tongues to utter incantations of their divine purpose.  For though the leaves face eminent extinction and expulsion from the branches, in their dying they’ll fall and create warm blankets to cover the ground.  In so doing they will protect the life that lies beneath the surface during winter’s cold, cold days.  Even at the close of winter their goodness will not be at an end for as they deteriorate, the remaining bits and pieces will add nutrients to enhance the soil.  Thus goes the circle of life and the interdependency of all…

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A quick pick me up

BOOK ART: Nothing short of amazing! ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com


1001 Children's Books

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Feeling glum? Not had the best day? You know what you need? You need to look at these beautiful book sculptures.

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Still feeling blue? Go read a book. I promise you’ll feel better.

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New book gives readers a fresh, first-hand perspective on bullying

AUTHORS TO WATCH interview with Bette A. Stevens about her latest book, PURE TRASH, The Story.

PURE TRASH, a new short story by author Bette A. Stevens, offers readers and book clubs insight into poverty and prejudice in rural New England in the 1950s


PRLog (Press Release) – Oct. 24, 2013 – HARTLAND, Maine — PURE TRASH, The Story by Bette A. Stevens offers readers and book clubs an insights and pause for thought into what a child goes through living in abject poverty in a small town.

Read full PRLog press release at New book gives readers a fresh, first-hand perspective on bullying


Winners selected November 11th:
Ten (10) author-signed copies of PURE TRASH, The Story by Bette A. Stevens available to winners!


ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18344664-pure-trash

“Pure Trash is a worthwhile, meaningful, beautifully written story I’d recommend to readers of all ages.

Windy Nights, poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Poem perfect for a windy autumn night! ~ Bette A. Stevens


Silver Birch Press

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
            Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
            A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
            And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
            By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again. 

PAINTING: “Windy Night” by Marilyn Jacobson, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Prints available at fineartamerica.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A fascinating project about Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is currently in the works — a film about his life in San Francisco, with a screenplay by G.E. Gallas. Find out more at gegallas.wordpress.com.

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