Category: October

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”   Today we commemorate the life of the celebrated children’s author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, who …

Literary Anniversaries: 29 October Read More »

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  News is what a chap who doesn’t care much about anything wants to read Today sees the anniversary of the birth of the satirical writer and journalist Evelyn Waugh in 1903. Fun pub quiz fact:  Evelyn, whose first name was …

Literary Anniversaries: 28 October Read More »

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‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’  (Dylan Thomas) Today we celebrate the anniversaries of the births of two legendary modern poets, both of whom died in their 30s – far too early … If either Sylvia Plath (1932) or …

Literary Anniversaries: 27 October Read More »

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Today we reflect on the life of one of Marilyn Monroe’s husbands, the playwright Arthur Miller.  Yet, Monroe was the second Mrs. Miller, and his life (and work) was just as fascinating without her …

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Oscar Wilde: playwright, wit, writer, aesthete and notorious Victorian homosexual, was born today in 1854. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Wilde is probably best known for his whimsical yet satirical …

Literary Anniversaries: 16 October Read More »

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Tennyson.  Died today in 1892. I could leave it there, or write a book …

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A birthday girl AND a birthday boy today.  On the one hand, we have a special birthday, and on the other hand we have an even more special author: decisions, decisions … The special occasion is for Anne Rice, who …

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Today, we try to blow out the candles on the cake of Graham Greene, born in 1904, less than ten miles from where I grew up. Imagine:  Greene was born IN a school, where his dad was a teacher! Hale …

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We kick off October by celebrating the life of EB White, who died today in 1985. Back in July, I wrote about White’s charming children’s books, Stuart Little (1945) and Charlotte’s Web (1952). I must admit that whilst the latter was …

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