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Freedom’s Barricades

Freedom’s Barricades

This week in literary history, an occupied city is freed: “Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!”

Posted by × August 25, 2014 ×

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Fellow Criminals and Maniacs: August 18 – August 24

Fellow Criminals and Maniacs: August 18 – August 24

This week in literary history: a crime fiction icon passes, Benny goes down swinging, and Pete Rose gets ejected.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

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The Tailors of Panama: August 11 – August 16

The Tailors of Panama: August 11 – August 16

This week in reading history: the Model T rolls out, a Master of Suspense is born, and a canal’s debut spells sea change.

Posted by × August 13, 2014 ×

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Green Means Go: August 5th – August 10th

Green Means Go: August 5th – August 10th

This week in literary history, from a raft ride through Polynesia to a trip to Thoreau’s cabin.

Posted by × August 6, 2014 ×

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Down and Out with Orwell

Down and Out with Orwell

June 25: Eric Blair was born on this day in 1903, becoming “George Orwell” with the 1933 publication of his first book, Down and Out in Paris and London.

Posted by × June 25, 2014 ×

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"But Yesterday a King!"

"But Yesterday a King!"

June 24: Napoleon crossed into Russia on this day in 1812, beginning the disastrous six-month invasion that became a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.

Posted by × June 24, 2014 ×

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Steinbeck’s Discontent

Steinbeck’s Discontent

June 23: John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent was published on this day in 1961.

Posted by × June 23, 2014 ×

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Remembering Remarque

Remembering Remarque

June 22: Erich Maria Remarque was born on this day in 1898.

Posted by × June 22, 2014 ×

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Sartre & Sagan

Sartre & Sagan

June 21: Jean-Paul Sartre was born on this day in 1905, and Françoise Sagan was born on this day in 1935.

Posted by × June 21, 2014 ×

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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day

June 20: Today is World Refugee Day.

Posted by × June 20, 2014 ×

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At Villa Diodati

At Villa Diodati

June 19: On this day in 1816, the Shelleys, Lord Byron, and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein.

Posted by × June 19, 2014 ×

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Orwell & Churchill

Orwell & Churchill

June 18: George Orwell’s “As One Non-Combatant to Another” was published on this day in 1943.

Posted by × June 18, 2014 ×

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Perkins & Sons

Perkins & Sons

June 17: Maxwell Perkins died on this day in 1947.

Posted by × June 17, 2014 ×

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Happy Bloomsday

Happy Bloomsday

June 16: Today is Bloomsday, Dublin’s and the literary world’s most celebrated event, commemorating the day on which Ulysses takes place.

Posted by × June 16, 2014 ×

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Divine Payback

Divine Payback

June 15: On this day in 1300, Dante was made one of the six Priors of Florence, the top political office in the city-state.

Posted by × June 15, 2014 ×