Jane Austen graces currency
Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/REX/Shutterstock How we love classic books! Except when we hate them. It is remarkable that a writer could achieve such world-wide, lasting fame with only six novels (but what a glorious six novels they are)! Though Austen originally used the modest pseudonym “A Lady,” and received little enough attention when her work was published in the early 19th century, books like Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility became cult favorites in World War I with British soldiers who proudly proclaimed themselves “Janeites,” swapping their dog-eared copies around the trenches. Two hundred years after Austen’s death, the Bank of England is about to roll out a ten-pound note with Austen’s image and one of her best known quotes: “I declare, after all, there is no enjoyment like reading.” We agree!
Ernest Hemingway has his own rum brand
ENRIQUE MENESES/REX/Shutterstock Do you imagine male writers as boozy, brawny, and butch? Long on physical prowess and self-destructive habits, short on adjectives ? Then you’re probably thinking of the original caveman with a typewriter, “Papa” Hemingway. Back in the day Papa was known as much for fighting in World War I and the Spanish Civil War, playing around with bullfights, hunting and fishing, and carousing from Paris to Havana, as he was for writing iconic reads like The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, or The Old Man and the Sea. Today there’s a Hemingway tour or a museum in all the many spots associated with the restless author, from Michigan (his birthplace) to Key West (his final resting place). As one literary critic wrote recently in The New Yorker magazine,”The brand continues: his estate licenses the “Ernest Hemingway Collection,” which includes an artisanal rum, Papa’s preferred eyewear, and heavy Cuban-style furniture featuring ‘leather-like vinyl with a warm patina.'” Now, how many Nobel Prize winners can boast of that? Here are 12 of our favorite Ernest Hemingway quotes.