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A few literary links for your Saturday browsing pleasure:
- I think this haunting new statue of King Arthur is amazing.
A bronze sculpture has been revealed at Tintagel Castle despite claims the Cornwall landmark is becoming too much like Disneyland. The statue is the centrepiece of a new visitor experience which explores the Castle’s history and the role of legends in shaping the site for visitors. The new attraction will go on public display at the end of the week alongside a series of panels charting Tintagel’s 1500-year history.
- That suspicion you have that authors writer longer books after a big success? Legitimated.
Going back to 1980, Blatt examined the word count of authors whose first book was a big hit or won a major prize. Among this collection of successful rookies, 72 per cent wrote a longer novel their second time out. Most were quite a bit longer. Blatt suspects the twin temptations of ego and ambition explain much of this phenomenon. “If your first book is well-received, your publisher is going to be happy,” he says. “And so you figure it’s time to write the great American novel.”
- Are you noticing that TV is becoming more literary? You aren’t the only one.
Over the past decade, there’s been a continual debate about whether TV is, in one sense or another, “the new movies.” This lively argument has drowned out another, more fascinating development: scripted television’s raiding of literature for devices that it places in service of its own storytelling, then transforms into something that’s part literature, part cinema, but ultimately and distinctively television.