Notes Around the Literary World

According to a British newspaper, “a rare copy of a book by the explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton has sold at auction for £43,200.” That’s roughly $86,339.79.

The paper goes on to say: “The book was edited and published by Shackleton (1874-1922) and his fellow explorers during their Nimrod expedition to Antarctica from 1907-1909. Archivists believe that only 80 copies were ever printed and just 65 have survived in the world.”

Also out of Great Britain comes a story about the Brontë’s birthplace: “A two-century jinx on a potential literary goldmine held true today when the birthplace of the Brontë sisters failed to reach its modest reserve price at auction.” Apparently, bidding on the house slowed down around the $235,834.79 mark. But what’s going on with this supposed jinx? Read the article to find out more.

Also it looks like new pictures of Anne Frank have surfaced. “Anne Frank’s cousin gave up custody yesterday of thousands of letters, photographs and documents that archivists say will reveal details about the background of the teenage diarist who became a symbol of the Holocaust.” Click here to see a sample of those photos, as well as to read the article in its entirety.

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