Oxford University’s Bodleian Library is working to make the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, published in 1623 and carrying the physical wear and tear of 17th century readers, online for free.
City University in London is launching the UK’s “first creative writing masters dedicated to crime and thriller novels.” The degree program will allow 12 to 14 students to focus on crime writing, the UK’s second biggest genre, which raked in £87.6m in 2011.
New York magazine’s Vulture Reading Room series, featuring Sam Anderson and others, dares to take onDan Brown’sThe Lost Symbol. The verdict? Brown’s stylistic overreach is still good comic fodder for discerning readers.