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Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland on this day in 1894.

“I distrust a man that says when. If he's got to be careful not to drink to much it's because he's not to be trusted when he does.”
―from THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel. In The Maltese...
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Samuel Dashiell Hammett was born in St Mary's County Maryland on this day in 1894
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Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story writer and novelist John William Cheever was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on this day in 1912.

"Of all the millions of people in New York, I am practically the only one who has to get up in the cold black of 6 a.m. on Christmas Day in the morning; I am practically the only one."
--from “Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor" by John Cheever

CHRISTMAS...
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Raymond Thornton Chandler died in La Jolla, California, on this day in 1959 (aged 70).

"Alcohol is like love," he said. "The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off."
--from THE LONG GOODBYE by Raymond Chandler

Creator of the famous Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler elevated the American hard-boiled detective genre to an...
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Raymond Thornton Chandler died in La Jolla California on this day in 1959 aged 70
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Bram Stoker’s DRACULA was first published in London on this day in 1897.

"Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own free will!"
--from DRACULA

Since its publication in 1897, DRACULA has enthralled generation after generation of readers with the same spellbinding power with which Count Dracula enthralls his victims. Though Bram Stoker did not invent vampires, and in fact based his...
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Bram Stoker’s DRACULA was first published in London on this day in 1897
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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's baptism took place on this day in 1689 when she was a few days old, at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden. She was the eldest child of Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, and his first wife, Mary (Fielding) Pierrepont.

"Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen."
-- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Immensely...
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Lady Mary Wortley Montagus baptism took place on this day in 1689
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Pulitzer Prize-wining poet Theodore Huebner Roethke was Saginaw, Michigan on this day in 1908.

"Slug" by Theodore Roethke

How I loved one like you when I was little!—
With his stripes of silver and his small house of his back,
Making a slow journey around the well-curb.
I longed to be like him, and was,
In my way, close cousin
To the dirt, my knees scrubbing
The gravel, my nose wetter than...
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Pulitzer Prizewining poet Theodore Huebner Roethke was Saginaw Michigan on this day
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"There are things that happen and leave no discernible trace, are not spoken of or written of, though it would be wrong to say that subsequent events go on indifferently, all the same, as though such things had never been."
—from POSSESSION (1990) by A.S. Byatt

Byatt’s beloved novel—winner of the Booker Prize and an international best seller—is a spellbinding intellectual mystery and an...
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There are things that happen and leave no discernible trace are not
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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on this day in 1803.

"Brahma"

If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.

Far or forgot to me is near;
Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanished gods to me appear;
And one to me are shame and fame.

They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston Massachusetts on this day in 1803
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"The human body is the temple of God.
One who kindles the light of awareness within
gets true light.
The sacred flame of your inner shrine
is constantly bright.
The experience of unity
is the fulfillment of human endeavors.
The mysteries of life are revealed."
--from "Rig Veda"

Among the sacred books of India are the hymns of the Rig-Veda, the world’s first recorded poems; the “magical...
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Nobel Laureate Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union on this day in 1940. He was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1991.

"To Urania" by Joseph Brodsky

Everything has its limit, including sorrow.
A windowpane stalls a stare. Nor does a grill abandon
a leaf. One may rattle the keys, gurgle down a swallow.
Loneliness cubes a man at random.
A camel sniffs at the...
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Nobel Laureate Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky was born in Leningrad Soviet Union on
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"What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?"
--from SONG OF SOLOMON (1977) by Toni Morrison

In this celebrated novel, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison created a new way of rendering the contradictory nuances of black life in America. Its earthy poetic language and striking use of folklore and myth established Morrison as a major voice in contemporary...
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"What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not"
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"On Shakespear" by John Milton

What needs my Shakespear for his honour'd Bones,
The labour of an age in piled Stones,
Or that his hallow'd reliques should be hid
Under a Star-ypointing Pyramid?
Dear son of memory, great heir of Fame,
What need'st thou such weak witnes of thy name?
Thou in our wonder and astonishment
Hast built thy self a live-long Monument.
For whilst toth' shame of...
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On Shakespear by John Milton What needs my Shakespear for his honourd
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"The affair simply amounted to this, that they were to eat their dinner uncomfortably in a field instead of comfortably in the dining room."
--from CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? (1864) by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope’s stock-in-trade was the life of the great drawing rooms of mid-Victorian England, where the thirst for wealth and political power and the need for love continually formed and...
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The affair simply amounted to this that they were to eat their
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James Mercer Langston Hughes died in New York City on this day in 1967 (aged 65).

"As I Grew Older"

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun—
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky—
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer...
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James Mercer Langston Hughes died in New York City on this day in 1967 aged 65
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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on this day in 1859.

"His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was...
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Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh Scotland on this day in 1859
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Poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Marie Hugo died in Paris, France on this day in 1885 (aged 83).

“Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.”
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"The case against Clevinger was open and shut. The only thing missing was something to charge him with."
--from CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

Arguably the best novel to come out of World War II, in which Heller strips away the veneer of martial glory to expose its insanity, and gives our language a new paradoxical phrase to describe mankind at the mercy of its own institutions. READ an excerpt...
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"Life Is Motion" by Wallace Stevens

In Oklahoma,
Bonnie and Josie,
Dressed in calico,
Danced around a stump.
They cried,
"Ohoyaho,
Ohoo" …
Celebrating the marriage
Of flesh and air.

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A celebration in verse of the silent poetry of dance and the dancer, this anthology features a dizzying range of subjects: Chinese dagger dances and Hindu festival dances, belly dancers and whirling dervishes,...
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Life Is Motion by Wallace Stevens In Oklahoma Bonnie and Josie Dressed
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Today we celebrate the birth of Dante Alighieri. He was born in Florence, Republic of Florence in 1265 (The exact date of his birth is unknown).

"When I had journeyed half of our life's way,
I found myself within a shadowed forest,
for I had lost the path that does not stray."
--from Canto One, THE INFERNO

The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on...
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“To have her meals, and her daily walk, and her fill of novels, and to be left alone, was all that she asked of the gods.”
―from THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS (1873) by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope’s celebrated Parliamentary novels, of which THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS is the third and most famous, are at once unfailingly amusing social comedies, melodramas of greed and deception, and precise nature...
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To have her meals and her daily walk and her fill of
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