LIT BITS V3 #103
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 100 17:34:30 -0700
Subject: LIT BITS V3 #103
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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #103
Subject: [LitCal] On this Literary Day...
Today is Thursday, 13 April 2000; on this day,
613 years ago (1387),
A party of 29 pilgrims assembles at the Tabard Inn in Southwark,
preparing to travel to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.
After supper, the host proposes that they enliven their joumey by
telling stories. The following morning the tellers of Geoffrey
Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_ begin their journey.
271 years ago (1729),
English antiquarian and bishop whose collection of ballads,
_Reliques of Ancient English Poetry_ (1765), will awaken widespread
interest in English and Scottish traditional songs, Thomas Percy, is
born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The basis of Percy's collection is a
tattered 15th-century manuscript of ballads, to which he would add
many other ballads, songs, and romances.
155 years ago (1845),
Victor Hugo is made a peer of France: Vicomte Hugo.
94 years ago (1906),
Novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett (_Waiting for Godot_) is
born in Dublin. He will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in
91 years ago (1909),
Eudora Welty (_The Robber Bridegroom_; _Losing Battles_) is born
in Jackson, Mississippi. She will remark: "Whatever our theme in
writing, it is old and tried. Whatever our place, it has been visited
by the stranger, it will never be new again. It is only the vision
that can be new; but that is enough."
88 years ago (1912),
Theodore Dreiser sails home from Europe on the _Kroonland_, too
miserly to pay for passage aboard the _Titanic_.
61 years ago (1939),
In Castledowson, Londonberry, North Ireland, Seamus Heaney is born
to cattle-raising parents. His poetry, drawing on Irish history and
myth and rual life, will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in
1995 for "works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt
everyday miracles and the living past."
56 years ago (1944),
Tanzanian novelist, poet, and Swahili scholar, Euphrase Kezilahabi,
is born in Ukerewe, Tanganyika. His first novel, _Rosa Mistika_ (1971),
will deal with the abuse of schoolgirls by their teachers, and will
echo a recurrent theme of his fiction. His poetry will cause
controversy for breaking with native tradition and writing Swahili
poems in blank verse.
© 2000 Peter Langston