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a week to remember


Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.
Keith Chaffee, December 09, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.

Author Joseph Conrad
Keith Chaffee, December 02, 2019

Joseph Conrad was born on December 3, 1857. Conrad wrote in English, a language he didn’t learn until he was in his twenties, and still became one of the most acclaimed novelists of his era.

Author Louisa May Alcott and her enduring work Little Women
Keith Chaffee, November 25, 2019

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832. Alcott was a writer of novels and short stories whose most enduring work is Little Women, the story of the four March sisters and their journey from childhood to adulthood.

Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic, Margaret Atwood
Keith Chaffee, November 18, 2019

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic best known for her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

American writer, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Keith Chaffee, November 10, 2019

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born on November 11, 1922. Vonnegut’s accessible style, dry humor, and anti-war politics made him one of the most popular novelists of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

author W.E. B. Griffin
Keith Chaffee, November 04, 2019

W. E. B. Griffin was born on November 10, 1929. Griffin was the author of more than 50 novels, mostly military thrillers that drew upon his own experience in the military. More accurately, it was William E. Butterworth III who was born in 1929; “W. E. B.

A 1890s illustration of an animated moving picture system invented by Émile Reynaud.
Keith Chaffee, October 28, 2019

Since 2002, the International Animated Film Association has celebrated October 28 as International Animation Day. The date was chosen in honor of the 1892 opening of Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique in Paris, which presented the first public showings of motion pictures on film.

American novelist, Ursula K. Le Guin
Keith Chaffee, October 21, 2019

Ursula K. Le Guin was born on October 21, 1929. Le Guin is best known as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, but she also wrote literary criticism, essays, and poetry, and she preferred to be identified simply as “an American novelist.”

P. G. Wodehouse with Jeeves book covers
Keith Chaffee, October 13, 2019

P. G. Wodehouse was born on October 15, 1881. The English humorist had an unusually long and prolific career, averaging a novel a year for more than 70 years.

Writer Frank Herbert
Keith Chaffee, October 07, 2019

Frank Herbert was born on October 8, 1920. Herbert was a science fiction novelist, best known for his 1965 novel Dune, a landmark in the field that remains popular a half-century later.