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a week to remember

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Portrait of Graham Greene on Dangerous Edge and a collage of his books.
Keith Chaffee, September 28, 2020

On October 2, 1904, Graham Greene was born. For fifty years, Greene was one of England’s most highly regarded novelists, writing both literary examinations of moral issues and lighter tales of espionage and political intrigue.


Interior of Palais Garnier Opera House with words The Phantom of the Opera on the curtain.
Keith Chaffee, September 21, 2020

On September 23, 1909, the first installment of Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (The Phantom of the Opera) was published in the Paris newspaper Le Gaulois.


Dark pirate ship on the sea with words Talk Like a Pirate Day
Keith Chaffee, September 14, 2020

Ahoy, mateys! September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so hoist the mainsail and shiver me timbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Arrrr!


Stephen Jay Gould on the book cover, Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life
Keith Chaffee, September 06, 2020

On September 10, 1941, Stephen Jay Gould was born. Gould was a paleontologist, biologist, and historian of science. He had the talent of writing about complicated scientific questions in a way that the non-scientist could understand.


Author P.D. James
Keith Chaffee, August 03, 2020

On August 3, 1920, P. D. James was born. James was an English writer of crime novels, whose series of novels about London police detective Adam Dalgleish spanned nearly fifty years.


Author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter with her dog at Hill Top
Keith Chaffee, July 27, 2020

On July 28, 1866, Beatrix Potter was born. Potter was the author and illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and more than 20 other animal stories for children, books which remain popular more than a century after they were written.


Cormac McCarthy
Keith Chaffee, July 20, 2020

On July 20, 1933, Cormac McCarthy was born. McCarthy’s novels are stark tales of morality, usually set in a bleakly amoral world.


Monkey Joe Mendi at drugstore
Keith Chaffee, July 06, 2020

On July 10, 1925, the trial of Tennessee high school teacher John T. Scopes began in Dayton, Tennessee. Scopes was charged with teaching the theory of evolution, in violation of a recently passed state law.


Joyce Carol Oates is a novelist, essayist and short-story writer.
Keith Chaffee, June 15, 2020

On June 16, 1938, Joyce Carol Oates was born. Oates is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer; she is both extremely prolific and highly regarded by literary critics, a rare combination.


Architect Frank Lloyd Wright with his granddaughter and actress, Anne Baxter
Keith Chaffee, June 08, 2020

On June 8, 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright was born. Wright was one of the United States’ most important architects; he built more than 400 buildings and changed the look of American homes in the early 20th century.


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