A piece of literary history is confirmed intact thanks to an update from the staff at the Ernest Hemingway house in Key West. We’ve got our eye on this and more in today’s roundup.
While employees at the historic residence of Ernest Hemingway in Key West are currently without electricity, running water, and internet service, they have checked in to let concerned onlookers know that the house and its famous fifty-four cats (each of the six-toed variety) have weathered the storm safely, and can subsist on reserves of food and water until their utilities are restored. Consider it a little good news to take the edge off a day when thousands of evacuees – if not millions – are awaiting info about their own dwellings.
Fans and family of Canadian poet laureate Pierre DesRuisseaux, who passed away last year, are left scratching their heads over the posthumous discovery that he plagiarized numerous American poets, including Maya Angelou, Dylan Thomas, and even Tupac Shakur. So far, the damage is limited to one particular 2013 book, but naturally the rest of DesRuisseaux’s work will be going under the microscope to determine the extent of the plagiarism; so far, no one can figure out why an established, talented poet in his own right would feel the need to lay claim to works like “Still I Rise.”
The dead can surprise us in other ways: A previously unpublished short story by Kurt Vonnegut has been unearthed from a private collection of the author’s papers, and has been released in full by The Atlantic. “The Drone King” appears to date back to the 1950s, more than a decade before Vonnegut permanently altered literary expectations with Slaughterhouse-Five. The entire collection of never-seen stories will be printed this fall by Seven Stories Press.
While “It” and “Stranger Things” appear to have teen nostalgia covered, they’re mostly a boy zone. If you want to see how much of the market remains untapped, check out this mega-catalog of vintage YA paperback covers, skewing widely toward a female audience. These range from classics by Lois Lowry and Judy Blume to genre fare where true authorship might be difficult to determine, but overall there are enough varieties of hair and sweater inspo to justify at least five new Netflix series.