Aug 2, 2013 @ 12:31:00 am
Jane Austen bling. Photograph: The Department for Culture, Medi/PA
England’s Minister of Culture has barred singer Kelly Clarkson from leaving the country with a ring that once belonged to Jane Austen, claiming that the item is a significant part of England’s cultural history. Clarkson bought the ring at auction last year for over $200,000, and it is one of three existing pieces of jewelry known to have belonged to the writer. A temporary export ban is in place until September 30, and may be extended until the end of the year.
Stephen King is not only a brand, but the head of a literary dynasty: The New York Times profiles the King clan, which includes five published novelists and a dog named after Larry McMurtry.
At Salon, Daniel D’Addario wonders why we haven’t recently seen a “buzzed-about gay novel,” and at Flavorwire, Tyler Coates offers a response.
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