LIT BITS V2 #131
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 12 May 99 18:17:30 -0700
Subject: LIT BITS V2 #131
Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR Thursday, May 13 1999 Vol 02 : Num 131
Today is Thursday, 13 May 1999; on this day,
159 years ago (1840),
Alphonse Daudet, novelist--_Letters from My Mill_ and _The
Prodigious Adventures of Tartarin of Tarascon_--is born in Niimes.
93 years ago (1906),
Willa Cather signs on as an editor for the muckraking _McClure's
92 years ago (1907),
Novelist Daphne du Maurier (_Rebecca_) is born in London, the
daughter of actor Gerald du Maurier. She will describe writing a book
as "a purge; at the end of it one is empty. . .like a dry shell on
the beach, waiting for the tide to come in again."
83 years ago (1916),
In New York, the creator of Tevye, popularized in the musical
comedy _The Fiddler on the Roof_, Sholem Aleichem, dies. Most of his
works in Yiddish have been translated into English, including _Jewish
Children_, _The Old Country_, _Adventures of Mottel, the Cantor's
Son_, and his most popular, _Tevye, the Diaryman_, the story of a
tradition-bound father as he watches his three daughters marry men he
feels are below them.
49 years ago (1950),
In _The New Yorker_, Hemingway is quoted: "I started out very
quiet and I beat Mr. Turgenev. Then I trained hard and I beat Mr de
Maupassant. I've faought two draws with Mr Stendhal, and I think I
had an edge in the last one. But nobody's going to get me in any ring
with Mr Tolstoy unless I'm crazy or I keep getting better."
© 1999 Peter Langston