"The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that! All the minor minor minorities with their navels to be kept clean. Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did. Magazines became a nice blend of vanilla tapioca. Books, so the damned snobbish critics said, were dishwater. No wonder books stopped selling, the critics said. But the public, knowing what it wanted, spinning happily, let the comic books survive. And the three-dimensional sex magazines, of course. There you have it, Montag. It didn’t come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, you are allowed to read comics, the good old confessions, or trade-journals." — — from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (born August 22, 1920)

Ray Bradbury. NASA public domain image via Wikimedia Commons.

About the Author: Dorothy Parker, Born on This Day in 1893

You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think. - Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 - June 7, 1967)
From Volume 238 of Short Story Criticism:


Dorothy Parker was a literary celebrity in the United States during the period between the world wars, known for her association with the Algonquin Round Table, a literary and social circle that embodied the urbane sophistication of New York’s...
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Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dalí

In 1969 book publisher Random House commissioned surrealist artist Salvador Dalí to illustrate Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. For the 150th anniversary of the original publication of Lewis Carrol’s novel, Princeton University Press released a reprint of the book with Dalí’s illustrations. The video above is from Princeton University Press’s official Youtube channel.

For more information, see the following Dictionary of Literary Biography volumes, produced by our sister company Bruccoli Clark Layman and published by Gale Cengage:

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 375: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Documentary Volume, edited by Carolyn Sigler (2014)
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 376: Lewis Carroll Beyond Wonderland: A Documentary Volume, edited by Carolyn Sigler (2015)
"No more pronouncements on lousy verse. No more hidden competition. No more struggling not to be a square." — Louise Bogan, former US Poet Laureate and poetry editor to The New Yorker. Happy birthday!

Writers in the Shadow of the Eclipse

North America will experience a solar eclipse on August 21, and while the cosmic event will affect the entire continent, a small swath will fall in the ominously termed “path of totality,” where the moon will completely block the sun from view for some two minutes. After settling on a viewing location and securing specialty eyewear, readers can continue their eclipse preparations by turning to...
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