Mitford's Way of Death

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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Long Day's First Night

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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Hans Fallada

July 21: The German novelist Hans Fallada was born on this day in 1893.

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Into Space

Neil Armstrong took his historic moonwalk forty-five years ago today, and Viking 1 executed the first Mars landing on this day in 1976.

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The Last Years of Margaret Fuller

July 19: The American feminist and Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller drowned on this day in 1850, aged forty.

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White and Selborne

The parson-naturalist Gilbert White was born on this day in 1720.

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Woolf's Waves

July 17: Virginia Woolf finished The Waves on this day in 1931.

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Trinity

The Trinity nuclear test, the result of the six-year Manhattan Project, occurred in the desert of New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

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Roberto Bolaño

July 15: The Chilean-Spanish novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño died on this day in 2003, aged fifty.

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Bastille Day

Today is Bastille Day, a national holiday in France and a celebration in French communities worldwide.

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Wordsworth at Tintern

July 13: On this day William Wordsworth finished writing "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour, July 13, 1798."

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Neruda, Chile

July 12: On this day in 1904, Pablo Neruda was born in Parral, Chile.

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The Destructive Element

July 11: Delmore Schwartz died on this day in 1966, aged fifty-two.

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Proust at Illiers-Combray

July 10: Marcel Proust was born on this day in 1871 in the north-central French town of Illiers-Combray.

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Burying Chekhov

July 9: Anton Chekhov was buried on this day in 1904, some 4,000 escorting the casket on its four-mile procession across Moscow.

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Shelley at Viareggio

July 8: Percy Bysshe Shelley died on this day in 1822, or thereabouts.

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Defoe in the Pillory

July 7: On this day in 1703 Daniel Defoe was sentenced to the pillory for having written The Shortest Way with Dissenters.

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“As He Lay Dead”

July 6: William Faulkner died on this day in 1962.

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Math at the Mint

July 5: Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica, often described as the single most influential book in the history of science, was published on this day in 1687.

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Slavery & Independence

July 4: Henry David Thoreau moved into his Walden Pond cabin on this day in 1845.

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Supertramps

July 3: The Welsh hobo-poet William H. Davies was born on this day in 1871.

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Cradling the Abyss

July 2: Vladimir Nabokov died on this day in 1977.

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The Trial of Thomas More

July 1: On this day in 1535 Sir Thomas More went on trial for refusing to swear an oath making Henry VIII head of the Church of England (and husband of whomever he pleased).

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Mitchell, Fitzgerald, West

June 30: On this day in 1936 Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind was published.

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"All this is true…"

June 29: On this day in 1613 flames destroyed the Globe playhouse, where Shakespeare was not only playwright but part owner.

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Jeeves & Goebbels

June 28: P. G. Wodehouse made the first of his infamous "Berlin Broadcasts" on this day in 1941.

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Beach, Joyce & Fitzgerald

June 27: On this day in 1928 Sylvia Beach hosted a dinner party so that F. Scott Fitzgerald, who "worshipped James Joyce, but was afraid to approach him," might do so.

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Ford & James

June 26: Ford Madox Ford died on this day in 1939.

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Down and Out with Orwell

June 25: Eric Blair was born on this day in 1903, becoming "George Orwell" with the 1933 publication of his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London.

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"But Yesterday a King!"

June 24: Napoleon crossed into Russia on this day in 1812, beginning the disastrous six-month invasion that became a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.

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Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).