LIT BITS V2 #36
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 99 16:39:44 -0800
Subject: LIT BITS V2 #36
Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V2 #36 Friday, February 5 1999
Today is Friday, 5 February 1999; on this day,
151 years ago (1848),
French decadent writer Joris-Karl Huysmans is born in Paris. His
major work will epitomize successive phases of the aesthetic, spiritual,
and intellectual life of late nineteenth-century France. His best-known
novel, _A rebours_ (1882, _Against the Grain_), will relate the
experiments in aesthetic decadence undertaken by the bored survivor of
a noble line.
85 years ago (1914),
William Burroughs (_Naked Lunch_) is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
40 years ago (1959),
In Nyack, New York, after a luncheon of souffle, oysters, grapes,
and champagne, Carson McCullers puts music on the phonograph and invites
Marilyn Monroe, then married to Arthur Miller, and Isak Dinesen to join
her in dancing on the marble-topped dining room table.
© 1999 Peter Langston