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23 Jun
LIT BITS V2 #173

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V2 #173

Today is [or will be] Thursday, 24 June 1999; on this day,

204 years ago (1795),

	William Smellie, editor of and key contributor to the first
     _Encyclopaedia Britannica_ (1768), dies. (LS)

157 years ago (1842),

	Ambrose Bierce is born in Meigs County, Ohio. Jack London will say
     of the cynical author of _The Devil's Dictionary_: "Bierce would bury
     his best friend with a sigh of relief, and express satisfaction that
     he was done with him."

97 years ago (1902),

	Struggling to meet a deadline for _Blackwood's_, Joseph Conrad
     upsets an oil lamp and burns the second installment of _The End of
     the Tether_.

83 years ago (1916),

	Poet John Ciardi (_Person to Person_) is born in Boston.
	[Also _How Does a Poem Mean?_ -psl]

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