5 Authors Who Lived With Mental Illness

5 Authors Who Lived With Mental Illness

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Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in may since 1949. This month is meant to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience. For that reason, in this article we’re talking about 5 famous authors who lived with mental illness, and how that affected their work. [Trigger warning for depression, and suicide.] 1. Silvia Plath Silvia Plath is perhaps one of the most famous examples of an author with mental illness. Her life and work were greatly affected by her illness; there is even something called the …

Happy Birthday Leo Tolstoy, Author of ‘War And Peace’!

Happy Birthday Leo Tolstoy, Author of ‘War And Peace’!

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Happy birthday to one of the most acclaimed classic writers of the world: Leo Tolstoy. The Russian writer wrote numerous novels that have become literary mainstays, such as Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and War And Peace. Surely you’ve heard of at least one of them, although you may not have actually read them.     Tolstoy was born in Tula Province, Russia in 1828. In the 1860s, he wrote his most famous novel, which we’ve already mentioned: War And Peace. Initially published serially, later collected into a single volume, spanning the period of 1805 to 1820. Since its publication, it has been regarded …

New TV Adaptation of  Les Misérables Is Here!

New TV Adaptation of  Les Misérables Is Here!

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In the preface to Les Misérables, Victor Hugo wrote:   As long as there are ignorance and poverty on Earth, books such as this one may not be useless.   Those words have held true. The book was published in 1862— over a 150 years ago—and it was a breakout hit that still hasn’t lost its popularity nor its relevance. Image Via Manybooks   This might have something to do with the musical. Heck, maybe it has everything to do with the musical, but to test that theory out is PBS, who is coming in at full swing. PBS’ adaption of Les Miserables isn’t a …

Got 113 Hours to Spare? Check out the World’s Longest Audiobooks!

Got 113 Hours to Spare? Check out the World’s Longest Audiobooks!

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All audiobooks feel long when you’re unable to concentrate on them—so imagine how much trouble you’d have with these behemoths. To understand just how long a really long audiobook actually is, let’s compare that length to some more familiar reads. Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s classic The Brothers Karamazov is famous as both a literary classic and a book you lied about reading, probably from fear of the decade it would take you to finish. It’s also famous for its staggering length: 824 pages and thirty-four hours. (Congratulations to yourselves for your patience, Dostoyevsky fans. And congratulations to those of you who listened to the audiobook.)   Image Via Lisanotes.com If …