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New Dr Seuss book now in stores
  1st Aug 2015

A new book by much-loved children's author Dr. Seuss hit stores last week, 24 years after his death. What Pet Should I Get? was discovered in November 2013 while the author's widow, Audrey Geisel, was going through boxes of old material in their California home. Publishers said it is expected to be followed by least two other books based on material left by the prolific and award-winning author Theodor Geisel, who wrote under the pen-name Dr Seuss and who died in 1991.

A new Wagner history, warts and all

A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time. Revamped and doubled in size at a cost of $21.92 million, the museum for the first time displays Wagner's anti-Semitic screeds, which he published in his youth anonymously, then under his own name before he died in 1883. It also depicts the close ties his widow Cosima, who died in 1930, and his descendants forged with Hitler, who loved Wagner's music and regularly visited Bayreuth to hear operas.

An exhibition of 17th century selfies

The selfie may be a contemporary look, but a Dutch museum aims to show that its roots go back centuries. In an upcoming exhibition, the Mauritshuis in The Hague is showing a collection of self-portraits by master artists including Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Carel Fabritius and Gerrit Dou from Dutch painting's 17th century Golden Age. The self-portrait was particularly popular among Dutch painters of the period. Rembrandt painted and drew dozens over his lifetime, tracing the aging of a brash young genius into a bowed and disappointed bankrupt.

London National Gallery to be on strike

London's National Gallery is set to be hit by a new wave of strike action by attendants over privatisation plans, the workers' union said last week. The gallery has already been disrupted by more than 50 days of walkouts by staff since plans to tender for visitor services and security were first revealed. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said it had served notice of four more separate days of industrial action, with a continuous, all-out strike starting on 17 August. Weekly walkouts by staff at the gallery in Trafalgar Square, which has over six million visitors a year, have forced the cancellation of educational as well as commercial events.

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