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Red River Pulpwood Queens November Newsletter
By: Carey Weeks November 18, 2010

Bram Stoker and Loving Dracula: Book Selection Karen Essex’s Dracula In Love
Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland, November 1847. Bram was a sickly child and not expected to survive, spending his first eight years of life in bed. Although the cause of his disease remained unknown he made a total recovery and entered Trinity College, Dublin, at age 16 where he developed into a star athlete. He decided to become a drama critic, and a November 1871 review by him was published in the Dublin Mail for whom he wrote, unpaid, for five years. It was at this time that he read Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's vampire story, Carmilla, that was to pique his interest in the subject. After writing a review of Henry Irving in Hamlet in 1876, he met the great actor for whom he began to work part time. In 1878 Stoker married Florence Anne Lemon Balcombe, who had recently turned down a proposal from Oscar Wilde, at St. Anne's Church, Dublin. Shortly thereafter he accepted an offer to become Irving's manager at the Lyceum Theatre and moved to London with his wife. During the next 27 years, until Irving's death, Stoker became the actor's friend and confidant and faithfully made all the arrangements for him and his company. Around 1890 Stoker began work on an untitled vampire novel that eventually became known as The Un-Dead. It was just before publication, May 26, 1897 that the title became Dracula. On Oct 13, 1905 Henry Irving died. Stoker, arriving two minutes after his death, closed the actors eyes for the last time. Stoker himself suffered a stroke, and his health and finances went downhill. Although Dracula sold, it was not successful enough to reverse his fortunes. He also published Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906) and his last novel, The Lair of the White Worm (1911). Bram Stoker died in near poverty at his home in London, April 20, 1912. He was not to know of the great success his Dracula would enjoy. The cause of death stated on his death certificate was "exhaustion." The body was cremated! Stoker's Dracula's Guest was published posthumously as a short story in 1914. It consisted of material omitted because of length by the publisher from the original manuscript of Dracula.

Upcoming Events: • Nov. 20, 2010— Holiday Open House, Beauty and the Book 9am-5pm., Jefferson, TX. Goodies, hot cider, and door prizes. Dec. 5, 2010— 6:30pm Pulpwood Queens Christmas Party, Austin Street Bistro, Jefferson, TX. Tickets $30. Special guest Susan Gregg Gilmore (Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen) Jan. 13-16, 2010— Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza. Program in December Newsletter.
December Book Selection

“I feel myself quite wild with excitement. I suppose one ought to pity anything so hunted as the Count. That is just it. This thing is not human, not even a beast.” - (from Mina Harker’s Diary, Bram Stoker’s Dracula)

November Magazines Showcase Southern Authors
Two of the South’s best magazines are delighting readers with articles about some of our favorite authors. Southern Living has an eight page spread about Fannie Flagg and her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. The Southern Journal column at the end of the issue is written by Pulitzer Prize winning Rick Bragg. The November issue of Texas Highways, I am happy to announce, showcases our own Queen Kathy Patrick and her fabulous shop Beauty and the Book.

The Imperfectioinists By: Tom Rachman

Both Southern Living and Texas Highways are on newsstands now!



B Y : C A R E Y WE E K S

Book News
Movie Adaptation Titanic actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing a real-life 19th Century serial killer in the film adaptation of Erik Larson’s novel Devil in the White City. T]he film follows both the planning and execution of the mass murders, which take place during the city’s most profound moment on the world’s stage. In the film, DiCaprio plays the murder-minded H.H. Holmes, a cavalier charlatan who takes advantage of somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, to develop a lucrative personal cadaverdisposal system. (GalleyCat) Joyce Does It Again! Artspace in downtown Shreveport will soon be showcasing the art and creation of MOONBOT Studios’ short film The Scholars Attack Jane Austin Jane Austen, one of the greatest novelists in English literature, had her work heavily altered by a male editor to sort out the mess of her original manuscripts, according to an expert. Professor Kathryn Sutherland studied 1,100 original handwritten pages of Austen's unpublished writings and concluded that her efforts had been polished up to correct her bad grammar and spelling. "It's widely assumed that Austen was a perfect stylist -- her brother Henry famously said in 1818 that 'everything came finished from her pen' and commentators continue to share this view today," the Oxford University academic said. "But in reading the manuscripts, it quickly becomes clear that this delicate precision is missing. "Austen's unpublished manuscripts unpick her reputation for perfection in various ways: we see blots, crossings out, messiness -- we see creation as it happens, and in Austen's case, we discover a powerful counter-grammatical way of writing. She broke most of the rules for writing good English." "In particular, the high degree of polished punctuation and epigrammatic style we see in 'Emma' and 'Persuasion' is simply not there," Sutherland said after studying the originals. "This suggests somebody else was heavily involved in the editing process between manuscript and printed book. "Letters between Austen's publisher John Murray II and his talent scout and editor William Gifford, acknowledging the untidiness of Austen's style and how Gifford will correct it, seem to identify Gifford as the culprit." Murray was Austen's publisher for the last two years of her career, overseeing "Emma", the second edition of "Mansfield Park" and "Persuasion". "'Sense and Sensibility', 'Pride and Prejudice' and the first edition of 'Mansfield Park' were not published by Murray and have previously been seen by some critics as examples of poor printing," Sutherland said. "In fact, the style in these novels is much closer to Austen's manuscript hand." (article from Yahoo! News)

Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore. Creator
William Joyce has called this piece a love letter to books.

Jane Austen

November Literary Birthdays
Albert Camus—Nov. 7, 1913 (The Stranger; The Plague) Margaret Mitchell—Nov. 8, 1900 (Gone with the Wind) Bram Stoker—Nov. 8, 1847 (Dracula; The Lady of the White Shroud) Robert Louis Stevenson—Nov. 13, 1850 (Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) C. S. Lewis—Nov. 29, 1898 (The Screwtape Letters; The Chronicles of Narnia) Scarlett O’Hardy’s Gone with the Wind Museum in Jefferson, Texas has the largest private collection of Gone with the Wind memorabilia. Mark Twain—Nov. 30, 1835 (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Adventures of Tom Sawyer)

The first ever Film Festival to be held Sunday as the Grand Finale of our 11th Anniversary Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza! Yes, add to your calendar our 50th Anniversary tribute to the classic To Kill a Mockingbird'! Features: Author Kerry Madden of Up Close: Harper Lee; Author and Independent Film and Television Writer/Producer, Mary Murphy of Scout, Atticus, and Boo. Films include: Hey Boo; On Mockingbird; and the iconic film To Kill A Mockingbird. Tickets $25