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Everyman's Library
12/09/2016 at 18:05. Facebook
John Milton was born on Bread Street, Cheapside, London, England on this day in 1608.

"On His Blindness" by John Milton

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
"Doth God exact...
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12/09/2016 at 13:30. Facebook
“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”
―LES MISÉRABLES by Victor Hugo

It has been said that Victor Hugo has a street named after him in virtually every town in...
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12/09/2016 at 01:30. Facebook
“He smiled the most exquisite smile, veiled by memory, tinged by dreams.”
―from TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

Though its fame as an icon of twentieth-century literature rests primarily on the brilliance of its narrative technique and the impressionistic beauty of its prose, To the Lighthouse is above all the story of a quest, and as such it possesses a brave and magical universality....
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yesterday at 18:07. Facebook
The New Yorker writer and cartoonist James Grover Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, on this day in 1894.

"The Dickinsons' pup was a failure. A bull terrier, a female and a failure. With all of life before her, she had suddenly gone into a decline. “She is pining away,” said Dick, “like a mid-Victorian lady whose cavalier rode off and never came back."
―from “Josephine Has Her Day” by James...
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yesterday at 13:25. Facebook
Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born in Venusia, Italy, Roman Republic on this day in 65 BC.

"Carpe Diem" by Horace

Leuconoë, don’t ask, we never know, what fate the gods grant us,
whether your fate or mine, don’t waste your time on Babylonian,
futile, calculations. How much better to suffer what happens,
whether Jupiter gives us more winters or this is the last one,
one debilitating the...
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yesterday at 01:30. Facebook
"The Robin" (1871) by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

MY old Welsh neighbor over the way
Crept slowly out in the sun of spring,
Pushed from her ears the locks of gray,
And listened to hear the robin sing.

Her grandson, playing at marbles, stopped,
And, cruel in sport as boys will be,
Tossed a stone at the bird, who hopped
From bough to bough in the apple-tree.
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Everyman's Library
12/07/2016 at 18:05. Facebook
Willa Cather was born in Gore, Virginia, on this day in 1873.

"Ain't it wonderful, Jim, how much people can mean to each other?"
―from MY ANTONIA (1918)

Of Ántonia, the passionate and majestic central character in Willa Cather’s greatest novel, the narrator, Jim Burden, says that she left “images in the mind that did not fade–that grew stronger with time.” The same is true of the book in...
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12/07/2016 at 13:30. Facebook
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
―"Elective Affinities" (1809) by Goethe

One of the towering figures of world literature, Goethe has never held quite as prominent a place in the English-speaking world as he deserves. This collection of his four major works, together with a selection of his finest letters and poems, shows that he is not only one...
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12/07/2016 at 01:30. Facebook
This month marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Fyodor Dostoevsky's CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, originally published in twelve monthly installments in 1866.

"On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. Bridge."
―from CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (1866)

Raskolnikov, an...
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Everyman's Library
12/06/2016 at 18:05. Facebook
Anthony Trollope died in London, UK on this day in 1882 (aged 67).

“She was as one who, in madness, was resolute to throw herself from a precipice, but to whom some remnant of sanity remained which forced her to seek those who would save her from herself.”
―from CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?

Trollope’s stock-in-trade was the life of the great drawing rooms of mid-Victorian England, where the thirst...
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12/06/2016 at 12:44. Facebook
On this day in 1933, a federal judge ruled that ULYSSES by James Joyce is not obscene. The book had been banned immediately in both the United States and England when it came out in 1922.

"I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy."
―from ULYSSES

The most famous day in literature is June 16, 1904, when a certain Mr. Leopold Bloom of Dublin eats a kidney for breakfast,...
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12/06/2016 at 01:30. Facebook
Journalist, novelist and screenwriter Joan Didion was born Sacramento, California on this day in 1934.

"Writers are always selling somebody out."
―from "A Preface" to "Slouching Towards Bethlehem"

Didion’s incomparable and distinctive essays and journalism are admired for their acute, incisive observations and their spare, elegant style. Now the seven books of nonfiction that appeared...
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12/05/2016 at 18:05. Facebook
Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie died in Puys, France on this day in 1870 (aged 68).

"You are young, and your bitter recollections have time to change themselves into sweet remembrances."
―from THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1844) by Alexandre Dumas, père

Dumas's most popular novel has long been a favorite with children, and its swashbuckling heroes are well known from many a film and TV adaptation. Set...
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12/05/2016 at 13:30. Facebook
"The Tireless Sculptor" by Henrietta Cordelia Ray

E'en as the sculptor chisels patiently
The marble's jagged edges, day by day,
Striving to smooth all blemishes away,
Till—when from ev'ry flaw the stone is free,
And naught save perfect contours does he see—
Embodied harmony and beauty may
Atone for all the weary hours' delay,—
So Life, the sculptor, moulds unceasingly
The soul of man. How...
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12/05/2016 at 13:30. Facebook
Christina Georgina Rossetti was born in London, England on this day in 1830.

"A Birthday" Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a...
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12/05/2016 at 01:30. Facebook
Samuel Butler was born in Langar, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, England on this day in 1835.

“Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime”
―from THE WAY OF ALL FLESH

Butler was among the most wide-ranging of the accomplished crew of late Victorian writers to which be belonged -- a forceful controversialist in the debates that surrounded Darwin's...
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Everyman's Library
12/04/2016 at 18:05. Facebook
On this day in 1916, W. Somerset Maugham departed on a voyage to Pago Pago. Characters he met on the voyage, including a prostitute and a missionary, inspire the story “Miss Thompson,” which is published in his 1923 story collection, The Trebling of a Leaf. The story becomes the play "Rain".

"'Miss Thompson was sailing with you to Apia, so I`ve brought her along here.' The quartermaster...
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12/04/2016 at 13:30. Facebook
René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke was born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary on this day in 1875.

"A Walk" by Rainer Maria Rilke

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-

and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing...
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12/04/2016 at 01:30. Facebook
"Reason has discovered the struggle for existence and the law that I must throttle all those who hinder the satisfaction of my desires. That is the deduction reason makes. But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable."
―from ANNA KARENINA (1875-1877) by Leo Tolstoy

A famous legend surrounding the creation of Anna Karenina tells us that Tolstoy...
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Everyman's Library
12/03/2016 at 18:05. Facebook
Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was born near in Terekhove near Kiev, Russian Empire on this day in 1857.

"I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat,...
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