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27 Jan

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 100 16:29:27 -0800
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Subject: LIT BITS V3 #28

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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #28

Today is Friday, 28 January 2000; on this day,

186 years ago (1814),

	Stendhal's first book is published, containing partially plagiarized
     biographies of Mozart and Haydn.

127 years ago (1873),

	Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) is born in the village of Saint-
     Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France. She will begin her career by ghostwriting
     stories for her author-husband "Willy" who locks her into a room until
     she finishes each assignment.

40 years ago (1960),

	African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston dies in Fort Pierce,
     Florida. Her influence lives on in such writers as Ralph Ellison and
     Toni Morrison.

61 years ago (1939),

	William Butler Yeats dies at Roquebrune in France, aged 73.  His
     gravestone in Ireland bears the epitaph he composed himself:
     "Cast a cold eye / On life, on death. / Horseman, Pass by."

4 years ago (1996),

	Russian Joseph Brodsky dies, winner of the Nobel Prize for
     Literature in 1987 for his lyric and elegiac poems. Though Russian,
     he will be exiled in 1972, live thereafter in the United States, and
     become poet laureate in 1991.

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