Where The Wild Things Are is a children's classic written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak and published in 1963. It is the story of Max, a boy in a wolf costume, and an imaginative journey from his bedroom to the far away land of the wild things. Max befriends the wild things, but even as their king he finds himself lured home by the promise of a warm dinner and the people who love him best.
After just about three weeks in the box office, the film version of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort has thrilled Young Adult readers nationwide.
American writer John Updike (1932-2009) is best remembered for his novels, though his prolific body of work includes poetry, short stories, essays, children's books, as well as art and literary criticism. Below he recounts his experience of the writing life in a 1994 interview with Neil Baldwin.
My mother wanted to be a writer, and from earliest childhood on I saw her at the typewriter; and though my main passion as a child was drawing, I suppose the idea of being a writer was planted in my head...
What is it that so fascinates us about the lives of great writers and artists? It seems creative prowess lends a new allure to even the most mundane topic: we wonder when they wake up in the morning, if they do so at the same time each day, when they eat, what they eat (at every meal), what they read, what type of pen they use, if they take breaks, what they do on breaks, if they wear shoes, what kind of shoes they wear, what is in their cupboards, what they wear to bed, if they make their bed...the list goes on.
When Arthur Golden’s beautifully crafted novel Memoirs of a Geisha was published in 1997 it became an instant bestseller and something of a national phenomenon. In its first four years on the market the novel was on The New York Times bestseller list for 58 weeks and sold over 4 million copies in English. This was made all the more astounding given that the book was Golden’s first and, as of 2014, only published work.
Films based on literature tend to be notoriously disappointing, but that doesn’t have to be the case. These 15 cinematic classics are all based on great works of literature. Click the hyperlinked film title to check out the book it was based on; keep in mind that a few of the films have different titles than the books that inspired them! Whether reading or watching, with this list you simply can’t go wrong.