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First Ever ‘Painted in His Lifetime’ Portrait of William Shakespeare Discovered

Posted: June 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ART, Author, William Shakespeare | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on First Ever ‘Painted in His Lifetime’ Portrait of William Shakespeare Discovered

First ever 'authentic' portrait of Shakespeare found in 16th century botany handbook via reutersA British magazine has published an image of a figure that it says is the first and only known demonstrably authentic portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime.

The picture of a young, bearded man wearing a Roman-style laurel crown and holding an ear of sweetcorn was identified by botanist and historian Mark Griffiths and will be published in Country Life magazine.

Until now, the only accepted authentic likenesses of Shakespeare have been found in the First Folio of his works and his monument at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, both created posthumously.

Previous claims of discoveries of Shakespeare portraits created during his lifetime have been generally disbelieved by scholars, however Country Life editor Mark Hedges is in no doubt of the images authenticity :: Read the full article »»»»


Favourite US Author ‘Elmore Leonard’ Dead at 87

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: ART, Author, Elmore Leonard | Tags: , | Comments Off on Favourite US Author ‘Elmore Leonard’ Dead at 87

Elmore Leonard, Miami Book Fair International, 1989

American crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose novels about blokes, broads and blunt lines, inspiring Hollywood movies including the superlative 310 To Yuma,  Out of Sight, Get Shorty and Jackie Brown, has died at his home aged 87.

A statement on the writers official website said Leonard passed away “at home surrounded by his loving family”. Leonard had suffered a stroke earlier this month. The genre master’s 45 gritty novels attracted a wide audience over more than five decades :: Read the full article »»»»


Michelle de Kretser Wins ‘Prime Minister’s Literary Award’ For Best Fiction

Posted: August 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: ART, Michelle de Kretser | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Michelle de Kretser Wins ‘Prime Minister’s Literary Award’ For Best Fiction

Author: Michelle de Kretser via AAP

The winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced in Brisbane, with Michelle de Kretser taking the gong for best work of fiction. It’s Ms de Kretser’s second major gong for her novel Questions of Travel, after it won the Miles Franklin award earlier this year. The winners of the literary awards were chosen from a shortlist of 29 books spanning six categories :: Read the full article »»»»