The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, March 2, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Saturday, March 2, 2013 The text for this poem is no longer available. “The Key” by Jane Hirshfield, from The Lives of the Heart. © Harper Perennial, 1997. ORIGINAL  AUDIO – 2013 It’s the birthday of a man considered to be the most popular children’s book writer in American history, the best-selling children’s book writer of all time, and a man who revolutionized the way children learned to read: Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on this day in 1904. He’s the author of more than 60 childr ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, March 1, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Friday, March 1, 2013 “Report from the West” by Tom Hennen, from Darkness Sticks to Everything. © Copper Canyon Press, 2013. ORIGINAL TEXT AND AUDIO – 2013 It’s the birthday of poet Robert Lowell, born in Boston (1917), who twice won the Pulitzer Prize and whose work established the Confessional style of poetry in America. Among his most famous poems: “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket,” “Skunk Hour,” “For the Union Dead,” “Fall 1961,” “To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage,” and “Epilogue.” His 20s were eventful. He got angry with his father and left ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, February 29, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Thursday, February 29, 1996 “Planning the Garden” by Amy Lowell from PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD, published by MacMillan Co. ORIGINAL TEXT – 1996 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 1996 It’s Leap Year Day today. It’s also ‘Ladies Day’, the one day in four years when shy women can propose to eligible bachelors. Ann Lee, founder of the American Society of Shakers, was born in 1736. Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini was born on this day in 1792. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.® The post The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, February 29, 2024 appeared first on Garri ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Wednesday, February 28, 2007 “Echocardiogram” by Suzanne Cleary, from Trick Pear. © Carnegie Mellon University Press. ORIGINAL TEXT – 2007 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 2007 It’s the birthday of the great essayist Michel de Montaigne, born in Périgueux, France (1533). His father was a wealthy landowner. Montaigne went off to college and became a lawyer, but his father died when Montaigne was 38 years old. And so he retired to the family estate and took over managing the property. And it was there that he began to write. He wrote short pieces on various topics, and he c ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Tuesday, February 27, 2007 “Snow-Flakes” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. ORIGINAL TEXT – 2007 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 2007 It’s the birthday of novelist and humorist Peter De Vries, born in Chicago, Illinois (1910). His parents were immigrants from Holland, and he grew up in a Dutch section of Chicago. His parents wouldn’t let him go to the movies, dance, play cards, attend regular public schools, or do anything else they considered secular. He once said, “My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.” De Vries eventu ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 26, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Monday, February 26, 2007 “The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships” by Christopher Marlowe, from Doctor Faustus. ORIGINAL TEXT – 2007 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 2007 It’s the birthday of Victor Hugo, born in Besançon, France (1802). In the English-speaking world, he’s mainly remembered as the man who wrote Les Misérables (1865) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831), but in France he’s considered one of the great French poets as well. His father was a general in Napoleon’s army, and Hugo rarely saw him. He lived with his mother in Paris, and he was tu ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, February 25, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Sunday, February 25, 2001 Sonnet 65, by William Shakespeare. ORIGINAL TEXT – 2001 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 2001 On this day in 1950, “Your Show of Shows” debuted, one of the most successful variety shows television has ever seen. Starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, it featured ninety minutes of original comedy sketches performed live in front of a studio audience. Writers for the show included Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Neil Simon. When asked recently why he was not still performing, Caesar replied that he’d looked a tape of himself and said, ‘I’m never ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, February 24, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Saturday, February 24, 2001  “Spring,” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. ORIGINAL TEXT – 2001 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 2001 On this day in 1942, The Voice of America went on the air for the first time, in response to the need for reliable news broadcasting in war-torn Europe. On the first broadcast the announcer proclaimed, “Here speaks a voice from America. Every day at this time we will bring you news of the war. The news may be good. The news may be bad. We shall tell you the truth.” It’s the birthday of poet and writer August Derleth, born in S ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, February 23, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Friday, February 23, 2001 “Wifery,” by Suzanne Matson, from Durable Goods (Alice James Books). ORIGINAL TEXT – 2001 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 2001 On this day in 1997, scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a sheep they named Dolly. It’s the birthday of William L. Shirer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1903). After graduating from college, he expected to spend two months in Europe. He stayed for more than twenty years, and became one of America’s most outstanding war correspondents. He spent much of his e ..read more
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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, February 22, 2024
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The Writer’s Almanac from Thursday, February 22, 2001 “Spring,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, from Collected Poems (Harper Collins). ORIGINAL TEXT – 2001 ORIGINAL AUDIO – 2001 It’s the birthday of Gothic humorist and cartoonist Edward Gorey, born in Chicago, Illinois (1925). He’s known for his macabre pen and ink drawings and stories such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies which included the lines: A is for Amy who fell down the stairs B is for Basil assaulted by bears… U is for Uma who slipped down a drain V is for Victor squashed under a train. It’s the birthday of novelist, play ..read more
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