Fun Facts Friday: Czesław Miłosz
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 30, 2017

Czesław Miłosz (30 June, 1911 – 14 August, 2004) was a poet, writer and translator from Poland. Books by Czesław Miłosz* 1)      Originally born under the flag of the Russian Empire, the village of Szetejnie is now part of Lithuania. 2)      During World War II, Mr. Miłosz was in Warsaw, which was ruled by Nazi Germany. 3)      After the war, Mr. Miłosz was appointed as Poland’s cultural attaché to Washington DC and Paris. 4)      In 1951 Mr. Miłosz defected to the West. In 1970 he because a US citizen. 5)      Mr. Miłosz’s book The Captive Mind (1953), a study on how intellectuals behave under totalitarian governments, is a staple in political science course. 6)      In 1978 he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and in 1980 the Nobel Prize in Literature. 7)      Books and works by the author where banned in his home country of Poland, the first time many Poles heard of him was when he won the Noble Prize. 8)      Mr. Miłosz is recognized in 1989 as a Righteous Among the Nations in Yad Vashem, Israel for his role in helping four Jews escape Warsaw during World War II. 9)      After his death, protesters in Kraków, Poland threatened to disrupt his funeral because he was an “anti-Polish, anti-Catholic, and had signed a petition supporting gay and lesbian…

Fun Facts Friday: Irvin S. Cobb
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 23, 2017

Irvin S. Cobb (23 June, 1876 – 11 March, 1944) was a prolific American humorist, columnist and author. Books by Irvin S. Cobb* 1)      Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Mr. Cobb moved to New York when he was 28 years old. 2)      At one time, Mr. Cobb was the highest paid staff reporter in the United States. 3)      Mr. Cobb’s bibliography includes more than 60 books and 300 short stories. 4)      In the 1930s two of his stories were adapted into movies directed by John Ford. 5)      Mr. Cobb’s grandfather, a doctor named Reuben Saunders, is credited with a discovery that stopped cholera in 1873. 6)      Many of the author’s stories revolve around his childhood town of Paducah, KY. His nickname was “Duke of Paducah”. 7)      At 19 years of age, Mr. Cobb became American’s youngest managing news editor at the Paducah Daily. 8)      As a staff writer in 1911, Mr. Cobb covered World War I for The Saturday Evening Post. 9)      Between 1932 and 1938 Mr. Cobb appeared in ten movies and was the host of the 7th Academy Awards (1935). 10)   Mr. Cobb married Laura Spencer Baker, their daughter is Elizabeth Cobb, an author. Buff Cobb, the author’s granddaughter…

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