Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.
|On this day in 1912, May Sarton was born. Sarton was a novelist, memoirist, and poet whose work often deals with issues of solitude, aging, and isolation. She often wrote vividly about her relationships with other women, but resisted being identified as a "lesbian author," for fear that her work would be read only through that filter and that she would be taken less seriously as a result. In her 1973 memoir Journal of a Solitude, Sarton writes about the challenges of living a creative life in a small rural village; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1913, William Inge was born. Inge was a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who had great Broadway success with a string of plays in the 1950s -- Come Back, Little Sheba; Picnic; Bus Stop; and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. He received the Academy Award in 1961 for writing Splendor in the Grass. Bus Stop follows the relationships among a group of passengers stranded at a small down diner; the L.A. Theatre Works production is available as an e-audio at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1934, Frankie Valli was born. As a solo act and as the lead singer of The Four Seasons, Valli had frequent hit records from the early 1960s through the mid 1970s. His powerful, piercing falsetto voice was heard on such songs as "Sherry," "Rag Doll," (both by The Four Seasons), "My Eyes Adored You," and "Grease" (solo hits). Valli continues to perform with The Four Seasons, and released a solo holiday album in 2016. Several of Valli's albums, with and without The Four Seasons, are available for streaming at Hoopla.|