"The artist, like the God of the Creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails." -- James Joyce, born on this day in Dublin, 1882.
Today is the birthday of Langston Hughes, born in 1902 on this day in Missouri under the name James Mercer Langston Hughes. Hughes became a prominent…
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Today is the birthday of Norman Mailer (1923). His first novel, "The Naked and the Dead", it became the definitive literary novel about World War II…
It is the birthday of historian Barbara Tuchman, born in New York City on this day in 1912. She wrote "The Guns of August", a study of the events that…
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It's the birthday of writer and politician Thomas Paine, born in Thetford, England (1737). He became wildly successful in the colonies with his long…
On this day in France in 1873 the novelist Colette, born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was born. She's the author of more than 50 novels. Collette said…
It's the birthday of the writer whom Mark Twain called "the stillest and shyest full-grown man I have ever met." That's Lewis Carroll, born Charles…
"The element of chance in basic research is overrated. Chance is a lady who smiles only upon those few who know how to make her smile." - Hungarian…
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