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This NYTimes story has an interesting take on how authors jump to big publishers after hiting it big. They usually move on to big publishers for more money, and job security.
There are authors who have gone from large to much smaller houses, although most of the time the author who hits it big with a first book published by a small house feels the need for the security and the money that the bigger house provides. So in book publishing, it\'s not a gauche or even stupid to go home from the dance with a stranger.
The last daily Peanuts strip was published on January 3. But
Sunday\'s papers carried the final cartoon, a strip showing
Snoopy at his typewriter, along with other Peanuts regulars.
It includes a farewell letter signed by Schulz.
\"Dear Friends,\" the letter opens. \"I have been fortunate to
draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It
has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition.\"
\"It\'s amazing that he dies just before his last strip is
published,\" fellow cartoonist Lynn Johnston, creator of \"For Better or Worse,\" said. Such an ending was \"as if he had written it that way.\"
slashgirl writes "' Harold Pinter, one of the U.K.'s greatest living dramatists, is turning away from playwriting to focus on politics and poetry.
"I think I've stopped writing plays now, but I haven't stopped writing poems," Pinter, the man behind such works as The Homecoming, The Caretaker and No Man's Land, told the BBC this week.'
The rest of the story is here."
Charles Simic will be named the 15th poet laureate of the United States by the Librarian of Congress today, succeeding Donald Hall, Publishers Weekly reports.
Simic, who is 69, was born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the U.S. at 16. After learning English he started writing poetry and to date has published 20 volumes. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1984. He is a retired professor of American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the poetry editor of The Paris Review and also writes for The New York Review of Books.