Displaying articles for: June 2014

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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Steinbeck's Discontent

June 23: John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent was published on this day in 1961.

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Remembering Remarque

June 22: Erich Maria Remarque was born on this day in 1898.

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Sartre & Sagan

June 21: Jean-Paul Sartre was born on this day in 1905, and Françoise Sagan was born on this day in 1935.

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World Refugee Day

June 20: Today is World Refugee Day.

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At Villa Diodati

June 19: On this day in 1816, the Shelleys, Lord Byron, and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein.

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Orwell & Churchill

June 18: George Orwell's "As One Non-Combatant to Another" was published on this day in 1943.

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Perkins & Sons

June 17: Maxwell Perkins died on this day in 1947.

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Happy Bloomsday

June 16: Today is Bloomsday, Dublin's and the literary world's most celebrated event, commemorating the day on which Ulysses takes place.

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Divine Payback

June 15: On this day in 1300, Dante was made one of the six Priors of Florence, the top political office in the city-state.

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Being and Not Being There

June 14: On this day in 1933 Jerzy Kosinski was born Jerzy Lewinkopf, in Lodz, Poland.

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John Ball & William Morris

June 13: The Peasants’ Revolt reached London on this day in 1381.

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Djuna Barnes

June 12: Djuna Barnes was born on this day in 1892.

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Declining Ulysses

June 11: On this day in 1921 George Bernard Shaw wrote to Sylvia Beach to decline her invitation to pre-order a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses.

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Tolstoy Reborn

June 10: On this day in 1881, Count Leo Tolstoy donned his peasant coat and homemade bark shoes, gathered his walking staff and two bodyguards, and set out from his estate for the Optina Pustyn monastery.

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Copying Dickens

June 9: The first American book to be copyrighted -- John Barry's The Philadelphia Spelling Book, Arranged Upon a Plan Entirely New -- was registered on this day in 1790.

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Pushkin & Dostoevsky

June 8: On this day in 1880 Fyodor Dostoevsky delivered his speech at the unveiling of the Pushkin Monument in Moscow.

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Nin, Miller, Venus

June 7: On this day in 1977 Anaïs Nin's Delta of Venus was published, and on this day in 1980 Henry Miller died.

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D-Day Voices

June 6: Allied forces began their D-Day invasion on this day in 1944.

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Going Home in the Dark

June 5: O. Henry died on this day in 1910, aged forty-seven.

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Of Pulitzers and Pull-Overs

June 4: The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on this day in 1917.

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Tom & Groucho

June 3: On this day in 1964, T. S. Eliot wrote to Groucho Marx to confirm that a car would be waiting at the Savoy to pick "you and Mrs. Groucho" up for dinner.

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In Praise of Pym

June 2: The British novelist Barbara Pym was born on this day in 1913.

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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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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).