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LIT BITS V3 #239

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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #239

Today is Saturday, 26 August 2000; on this day,

126 years ago (1874),

     American novelist and playwright, Zona Gale, is born in Portage,
     Wisconsin. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning _Miss Lulu Brett_, a study of
     an unmarried woman's attempts at self-assertion in the face of a
     constricting social environment, will establish her as a realistic
     chronicler of Midwestern village life.

120 years ago (1880),

     French man of letters Guillaume Apollinaire, is born in Rome of Polish

107 years ago (1893),

     Jack London, 17, returns to San Francisco after spending eight months
     on a seal-hunting expedition aboard the _Sophia Sutherland_.

96 years ago (1904),

     Christopher Isherwood is born in Disely, Cheshire. Three years spent
     in Berlin (c.1931-34) will inspire a number of stories about the author
     and Sally Bowles that provide the source for the play _I Am a Camera_,
     which in turn becomes the musical and film _Cabaret_.

Today's poem:

                  The Credo of Jack London

     I would rather be ashes than dust!
     I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant
       blaze than it should be stifled by dryrot.
     I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in
       magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet
     The purpose of man is to live, not to exist.
     I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
     I shall use my time.

                                                 Jack London

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