A look at the books which have inspired literary classics
NEW YORK (AP) — Behind every great book are the books which influenced it.
The "micro-learning" app and platform blinkist.com has been compiling literary sources for such classics as "A Clockwork Orange," ''Oliver Twist" and "1984." Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was inspired by each of her parents — William Godwin's "An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice" and Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Women."
Activism more than reaction for Charlottesville student
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — She may not have graduated high school yet, but Zyahna Bryant already has made a name for herself.
The Charlottesville High School junior first gained national attention when she created a petition in March 2016 to remove Charlottesville's statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The petition caused a nationwide conversation on the role of Confederate symbols in contemporary society, especially after white nationalist rallies last year.
The American Writers Museum highlights writers from William Faulkner to Harriet Beecher Stowe
When I caught a whiff of strawberry jam at the new American Writers Museum in Chicago, I thought my mind was playing tricks on me because I had skipped breakfast.
$80M renovation of Cranwell resort given OK
LENOX, Mass. (AP) — An $80 million renovation at a Massachusetts resort that dates to the mid-19th century on land that was once owned by the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe has been approved.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a revised special permit for work to expand the Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort.
College buys home that claimed link to Harriet Beecher Stowe
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Maine college has purchased an 18th-century house from a family that has previously made disputed claims that Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote parts of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at the residence.
Bowdoin College in Brunswick closed the deal of the sale Thursday on confidential terms. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2j7gCZm ) that the sale ends a lengthy legal battle between the college and the family of previous owner Arline Lay.
Childhood home of Harriet Beecher Stowe for sale on eBay
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The birthplace of abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, which was disassembled and stored in trailers 20 years ago, has been put up for sale on eBay.
The move is the latest in the unusual history of preacher Lyman Beecher's Litchfield house, which was built in 1811, served as the childhood home for his 11 children and was later a sanitarium and then a dormitory for a private school.
Opera house undergoes $18M renovation in its 150th year
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — In its heyday, the stage at Newport's Opera House hosted everything from performances of vaudeville and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show to appearances by abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Retired professor’s gift will establish professorship at KU
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — One of the world's foremost scholars on "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville is committing $1.5 million to the University of Kansas.
The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/2caDYXX ) reports that the gift from retired English professor Elizabeth Schultz will be used to establish a permanent professorship named after the literary giant.
Bowdoin sues over College Street home
BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff
Bowdoin College has sued the owner, real estate broker and the potential buyer of a historic home at 28 College St. The college argues it has already exercised an option to purchase the property.
Bowdoin sues over home where Stowe allegedly wrote novel
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College is suing a Florida woman to block her from selling a home on the school's campus where Harriet Beecher Stowe allegedly wrote portions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2b38Gm4 ) the lawsuit against Arline Lay of St. Augustine, Florida, was filed Aug. 12 in Cumberland County Superior Court.