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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England on this day in 1564.

"No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there was a star danced, and under that was I born."
--Beatrice from "Much Ado about Nothing" (Act II. Scene I)

Shakespeare’s later comedies were written at the astonishing pace of about two plays a year. In them, he moves beyond the farce of his...
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William Shakespeare was born in StratforduponAvon Warwickshire England on this day in 1564
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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on this day in 1899.

“The lost glove is happy.”
―from PALE FIRE (1962) by Vladimir Nabokov

The urbane authority that Nabokov brought to every word he ever wrote, and the ironic amusement he cultivated in response to being uprooted and politically exiled twice in his life, never found fuller expression than in PALE FIRE...
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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was born in St Petersburg Russia on this day in 1899
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Poet Louise Elisabeth Glück was born in New York City on this day in 1943.

"Telescope" by Louise Glück

There is a moment after you move your eye away
when you forget where you are
because you’ve been living, it seems,
somewhere else, in the silence of the night sky.

You’ve stopped being here in the world.
You’re in a different place,
a place where human life has no meaning.

You’re not a...
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Poet Louise Elisabeth Glück was born in New York City on this day in 1943
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Henry Fielding was born in Sharpham, Somerset, England on this day in 1707.

“It is much easier to make good men wise, than to make bad men good.”
―from TOM JONES

One of the first and most influential of English novels, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones—published in 1749—is blessed with a lively and endearing hero at the center of one of the most ingeniously constructed comic plots in fiction. Tom...
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Henry Fielding was born in Sharpham Somerset England on this day in 1707
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"I Taught Myself To Live Simply" by Anna Akhmatova

I taught myself to live simply and wisely,
to look at the sky and pray to God,
and to wander long before evening
to tire my superfluous worries.
When the burdocks rustle in the ravine
and the yellow-red rowanberry cluster droops
I compose happy verses
about life's decay, decay and beauty.
I come back. The fluffy cat
licks my palm, purrs so...
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"I Taught Myself To Live Simply" by Anna Akhmatova
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04/21/2017 at 17:05. Facebook
Charlotte Brontë, author of JANE EYRE, was born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England on this day in 1816.

"There is, in lovers, a certain infatuation of egotism; they will have a witness of their happiness, cost that witness what it may."
--from VILLETTE (1853)

Left by harrowing circumstances to fend for herself in the great capital of a foreign country, Lucy Snowe, the narrator...
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Charlotte Brontë author of JANE EYRE was born in Thornton West Riding
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04/21/2017 at 12:30. Facebook
Samuel Langhorne Clemens died in Redding, Connecticut, on this day in 1910 (aged 74).

"Adam, at Eve's grave: Wheresoever she was, THERE was Eden."
--from "Eve's Diary" by Mark Twain

These sixty satirical, rollicking, uproarious tales by the greatest yarn-spinner in our literary history are as fresh and vivid as ever more than a century after their author’s death.
Mark Twain’s famous novels...
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens died in Redding Connecticut on this day in 1910 aged 74
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04/21/2017 at 00:30. Facebook
"Most of life is so dull that there is nothing to be said about it, and the books and talks that would describe it as interesting are obliged to exaggerate, in the hope of justifying their own existence. Inside its cocoon of work or social obligation, the human spirit slumbers for the most part, registering the distinction between pleasure and pain, but not nearly as alert as we pretend....
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Most of life is so dull that there is nothing to be
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04/20/2017 at 20:32. Facebook
"From Sunset To Star Rise" by Christina Rossetti

Go from me, summer friends, and tarry not:
I am no summer friend, but wintry cold,
A silly sheep benighted from the fold,
A sluggard with a thorn-choked garden plot.
Take counsel, sever from my lot your lot,
Dwell in your pleasant places, hoard your gold;
Lest you with me should shiver on the wold,
Athirst and hungering on a barren spot....
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"From Sunset To Star Rise" by Christina Rossetti
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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was first published on this day in 1841.

“Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling-blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities---that theory to which the most glorious objects of human research are indebted for the most glorious of illustration.”
― from "The Murders...
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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was first published on this day in 1841
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Abraham "Bram" Stoker died in London, England on this day in 1912 (aged 64).

"No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be."
--from DRACULA (1897) by Bram Stoker

Since its publication in 1897, DRACULA has enthralled generation after generation of readers with the same spellbinding power with which Count Dracula enthralls his...
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Abraham "Bram" Stoker died in London England on this day in 1912 aged 64
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Daphne du Maurier died in Fowey, Cornwall, England, on this day in 1989 (aged 81).

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
―from REBECCA

The unassuming young heroine of Rebecca finds her life changed overnight when she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome and wealthy widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Rescuing her from an overbearing employer, de Winter...
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Daphne du Maurier died in Fowey Cornwall England on this day in 1989 aged 81
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Poet Octavio Paz Lozano died in Mexico City, Mexico on this day in 1998 (aged 84).

"Last Dawn" by Octavio Paz

Your hair is lost in the forest,
your feet touching mine.
Asleep you are bigger than the night,
but your dream fits within this room.
How much we are who are so little!
Outside a taxi passes
with its load of ghosts.
The river that runs by
is always
running back.
Will tomorrow be...
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Poet Octavio Paz Lozano died in Mexico City Mexico on this day in 1998 aged 84
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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron died in Missolonghi, Aetolia, Ottoman Empire on this day in 1824 (aged 36).

"When We Two Parted" by Lord Byron

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow--
It felt like the...
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George Gordon Byron 6th Baron Byron died in Missolonghi Aetolia Ottoman Empire
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On this day (or possibly the next) in 1394, Geoffrey Chaucer's twenty-nine pilgrims met at the Tabard Inn in Southwark to prepare for their departure to Canterbury.

"Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swych licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every...
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On this day or possibly the next in 1394 Geoffrey Chaucers twentynine
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04/18/2017 at 12:30. Facebook
John Hoyer Updike was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1932.

“How can you respect the world when you see it's being run by a bunch of kids turned old?”
―from RABBIT IS RICH (1981) by John Updike

When we first met him in RABBIT, RUN (1960), the book that established John Updike as a major novelist, Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom is playing basketball with some boys in an alley in...
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John Hoyer Updike was born in Reading Pennsylvania on this day in 1932
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Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke was born in Rungsted, Denmark on this day in 1885.

"Clasped her arms round his neck. She pressed her young body to his, and kissed him tenderly. He felt her face, cool as the moonlight, upon his own, and when she released him, his head swam, and he did not know if the kiss had lasted a second or an hour."
--from "The Sailor-Boy’s Tale" by Isak...
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Baroness Karen Christenze von BlixenFinecke was born in Rungsted Denmark on this
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Gabriel García Márquez died in Mexico City, Mexico on this day in 2014 (aged 87).

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
--from ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE (1967)

The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the...
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Gabriel García Márquez died in Mexico City Mexico on this day in 2014 aged 87
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Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1790 (aged 84).

"From a Child I was fond of Reading, and all the little Money that came into my Hands was ever laid out in Books."
--from THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY (1818)

Benjamin Franklin’s account of his rise from poverty and obscurity to affluence and fame has charmed every generation of readers since it first appeared. Begun...
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Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on this day in 1790 aged 84
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"Man is the only real enemy we have. Remove Man from the scene, and the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished for ever."
--from ANIMAL FARM (1945) by George Orwell

ANIMAL FARM is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their...
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Man is the only real enemy we have Remove Man from the
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