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Unknown John Steinbeck Short Story Published

John Steinbeck is known for his great pieces of literature, like Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. But have any of you heard of his short story “With Your Wings”?

Didn’t think so.

According to Entertainment Weekly, you can now read the short story which was virtually unknown until now. The managing editor of The Strand magazine discovered the more than 70-year-old transcript of the story in the archives at the University of Texas at Austin. The Strand has since published the short story, which is about a black WWII pilot.

Apparently the story went under the radar because it had once been read on the radio by Orson Welles in July 1944, but was never published in a book or magazine. So it just became forgotten.

Now we all get to feast on a new, yet vintage, piece of literary history.

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Tom Hanks To Pen Book of Short Stories

He acts! He directs! And now he writes!

According to Vulture, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks plans to write a book of short stories. This comes after he made his short story debut in The New Yorker.

The stories in the book will apparently be “loosely connected to photographs of typewriters from Hanks’ personal collection.”

Yes, Tom Hanks loves typewriters. In fact, he loves them so much, he collects them and helped create an iPad app that lets people type and print documents as if it’s on an old-fashioned typewriter. But a book full of stories about pictures of typewriters? Seems a little iffy to me. But hey, whatever floats your boat!

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Stories To Be Re-Released with Original Profanity, Sexual, Racial Content

It’s been roughly 90 years since F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the stories that were published in the Saturday Evening Post and later published in a collection entitled Taps at Reveille. But those stories will now be re-released in a newly edited version.

According to The Raw Story, the Taps of Reveille is being re-released including what editors believe are the versions of the stories F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote initially. The versions of the short stories were edited severely when they were published for the Saturday Evening Post in the 1920s and 1930s to exclude curses, racial slurs, religious slurs, and sexual content. At the time, Fitzgerald was criticized for not being more realistic about that era. But as it turns out, he was realistic about it; those sections were simply edited out, as Scott Kaufman explains.

Absent from the versions published in the Post were overt references to sexual acts or situations, statements of profanity, remarks betraying racism or antisemitism, as well as most mentions of drunkenness and all references to drug use. For example, in the story “Two Wrongs,” the despicable protagonist, Bill, describes a person as a “dirty little kyke,” a slur against Jewish people. Despite the fact that uttering the phrase made an unpleasant man more unlikable, [Fitzgerald’s literary agent Harold Ober] cut the remark before sending the story to the Post.

It’s unclear when the new edition of the collection of stories will be released.

 

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Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leaked

J.D. Salinger died about four years ago, but just like Tupac and Michael Jackson, lots of his work is getting traction posthumously.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the author best known for his classic novel Catcher in the Rye had a number of short stories leaked not too long ago. Salinger’s stories, “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls,” “Paula,” and “Birthday Boy” were traced to an eBay auction that ended in September. The previously unpublished stories were sold for a mere 67 pounds ($110).

Before the leak, “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls” was only available at Princeton University. The other stories were available at University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center.

Through an agreement with Princeton University, “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls” was not meant to be published until 2060, 50 years after J.D. Salinger’s death. The story was originally published in Harper’s Bazaar and is thought to be a sort of prequel to the beloved Catcher in the Rye.

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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Author Stieg Larsson Short Story To Be Published

A short story written by a young Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) that’s never been published in English is set to be released this winter.

According to The New York Times, the famous Swedish author — who wrote one of the most successful crime series in history (The Millennium Series) — will have a story published that he penned when he was just 17 years old. It will be part of a compilation of Swedish crime stories, entitled A Darker Shade of Sweden, due out in February.

The Swedish author died in 2004, but some of the other authors whose work is included in the series are Henning Mankell, Maj Sjowall, and Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson’s long-time girlfriend.

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Movie Based on David Sedaris Essay To Begin Production

For years, David Sedaris has been making people laugh with his funny — and maybe sometimes exaggerated, but who cares? — nonfiction essays and anecdotes.

Now, according to Entertainment Weekly and Indiewire, one of his essays is becoming a movie. Production is set to start next month on “C.O.G.,” which stands for “Child of God.” It’s  an essay included in his 1997 book Naked. The essay tells the story of the time when a young Sedaris and a “fanatical Christian” tried to sell stones at a local fair.

The EW article goes on to list a number of Sedaris’ stories that could also be turned into movies. I’ll admit: I’ve never read any of Sedaris’ work. That being said, I must agree with EW‘s Stephan Lee that Sedaris’ work might be better suited to an HBO series than a feature film. It will, however, be interesting to see his stories translated to the big screen.

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Esquire Publishing Men’s Fiction E-Books

Children’s fiction. Young adult fiction. Women’s fiction. And now, men’s fiction. Esquire is trying to define what men’s fiction is by regularly publishing a new series of e-books written by men, starting this month.

According to The New York Times, the first volume became available yesterday, including short stories by Aaron Gwyn, Luis Alberto Urrea and Jess Walter. The stories are only being sold in e-book format. Another volume will follow every few months. Another three pieces will be published in the June/July issue of Esquire.

The new fiction pieces coming to the publication are important, especially as Esquire continues to pull out of the recession. Julie Bosman explains.

David Granger, the editor in chief of Esquire, said he has lamented the loss of space that magazines devoted to publishing fiction. The New Yorker is perhaps the most visible home for fiction in the magazine world, but many other magazines have cut back.

”It’s a struggle, because especially during the recession, we lost so many pages,” he said. ”Fiction begins to feel a little bit of a luxury.”

Do you think the new publications will open people’s eyes to men’s fiction? How do you define men’s fiction?

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