T.E. Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence of Arabia" was born this day in 1888 in Tremadoc, Wales. His book "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" (1926) was an account of his exploits as a military advisor to Arabs in their revolt against the Turks.
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Poet, playwright, and essayist Mary Jo Salter was born on this day in 1954. She counts Emily Dickinson as one of her poetic models, and considers…
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The English novelist John Galsworthy was born on this day in 1867. His series "The Forsyte Saga" was turned into a successful BBC adaptation. 18 million…
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Novelist Tom Perrotta celebrates his 61th birthday today. Best known for his 2011 novel "The Leftovers" about life on earth after an event takes some…
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It’s the birthday of the woman who wrote the lines: “O beautiful for spacious skies, / For amber waves of grain, / For purple mountain majesties / Above…
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"I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy…
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Minnesota born poet Joyce Sutphen celebrates 73 years of age on this day. On writing poetry, Sutphen says: “Poetry makes the world real for me [...] in…
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It's the birthday of the creator of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, born Helen Lyndon Goff, in Australia, 1899. She said in an interview: "Mary Poppins is…
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