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Fun Facts Friday: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

Today, October 7 in the year 1955 poet Allen Ginsberg read his seminal poem “Howl” at Six Gallery in San Francisco. 1) The poem was published in Ginsberg’s 1956 book “Howl and Other Poems” 2) “Howl” is considered one of the great works of the Beat Generation (along with Kerouac’s “On the Road”). 3) Supposedly, […]

Fun Facts Friday: Miguel de Cervantes

Yesterday was the birthday of one of the greatest authors in history: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616. As you can tell, I am a fan. Not only because of the Quixotic pun of this blog’s name, but also because I think that Don Quixote is still one the most […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Marriage of Leo & Sofya Tolstoy

September 23, 1862 marks the wedding anniversary of one of them the most tumultuous couples in literary history (and there were many) when Leo Tolstoy married Sophie Andreyevna Behrs. The couple not only had 16 years of difference in their ages, but also had different values, goals and clashing personalities. Tolstoy maintained that the problems […]

Fun Facts Friday: Stephen Jay Gould

Tomorrow, September 10 will be the birthday of award winning author Stephen Jay Gould (September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002) (Unofficial Site).  A scholar as well as an author, Mr. Gould won many awards for his work. 1 )      Besides being an author, Mr. Gould was a paleontologist, historian of science and an evolutionary […]

Fun Facts Friday: Mort Walker

Tomorrow, September 3 will be the birthday of author and cartoonist Mort Walker (September 3, 1923). Mr. Walker (website) is mostly known for creating the comic strip Beetle Bailey in 1950 as well as Hi and Lois in 1954. Mr. Walker has written several excellent books on comics history and comic art as well as […]

Fun Facts Friday: Theodore Dreiser

Tomorrow will be the birthday of American novelist Theodore Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945). Mr. Dreiser is known for many things, among them are the situations he created which resemble nature studies more than the philosophical choice of agency. 1 ) Born Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser  in Terre Haute, Indiana and was 12 out […]

Fun Facts Friday: Jacqueline Susann

Tomorrow will be the birthday of bestselling author Jacqueline Susann (August 20, 1918 – September 21, 1974). While many people had issues with Ms. Susann’s writing skills, she did write several best sellers. 1 )      Jacqueline’s father, Robert, was a portrait painter, her mother, Rose Jans, was a school teacher. 2 )      Jacqueline was known […]

Fun Facts Friday: Robert Southey

On this day in 1774 Robert Southey (12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843), England’s poet laureate from 1813 until his death in 1843, was born. While Mr. Southey seems to have been forgotten by today’s world of poetry, in his time he was widely read and admired. 1)      Southey was expelled from school for […]

Fun Facts Friday: Guy de Maupassant

Today, August 5, is the birthday of French writer Guy de Maupassant who was born in the year 1850. If you haven’t heard of Monsieur Maupassant don’t be alarmed, he wrote mostly short stories. 1)      Was born as Henri-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant. 2)      Even though he is known for writing he started out by studying law […]

Fun Facts Friday: Emily Brontë

Tomorrow, July 30 will be the birth date of Emily Brontë (30 July 1818 — 19 December 1848). While I’m not a big fan of the Brontë sisters, I certainly do appreciate their contributions to literature. 1) Emily Jane Brontë was the fifth child, or six children, born into the Brontë family. 2) Her mother […]

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