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 1889, Anna Akhmatova was born. Akhmatova published her first book of poetry in 1912, and quickly became one of Russia's most popular and respected poets. She was part of a movement among Russian poets that believed craft and form to be more important than spiritual inspiration, and advocated writing about the concrete world rather than about the metaphysical. For much of her life, she wrote in secret, as her poetry was considered to be anti-Stalinist; in the 1950s, her published poetry became more propagandistic and pro-Russian, as she attempted to protect the life of her son, who was in a prison camp. Much of Akhmatova's finest work was published only after her death, and some of it has still never been published in Russia. Akhmatova's 1917 collection White Flock is available as an e-book at OverDrive|
|On this day in 1928, Michael Shaara was born. Shaara was not a prolific writer, publishing only four novels and about twenty short stories. His novels are in a variety of genres; The Noah Conspiracy is an apocalyptic science fiction story, and For the Love of the Game is the story of a baseball player late in his career. Shaara's best known work is The Killer Angels, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1975; it's historical fiction, telling the story of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Killer Angels is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And on this day in 1964, Joss Whedon was born. Whedon is a director, screenwriter, and comic book author; his work often centers on an ensemble of characters, often with a loner hero at the core. "Everything I write tends to turn into a superhero team," Whedon has said of his work, which includes the TV series Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. Whedon's most enduring creation has been Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which began as a feature film and ran for seven years on television. Whedon has continued the story of Buffy and her friends in a series of comic books, officially designated as "Season Eight" and "Season Nine" of the story. Season Eight begins with The Long Way Home, available as an e-comic at Hoopla.|