04-06-2009 07:20 AM
April 6, 1935
April 6, 1992
Isaac Asimov, science fiction author, dies in New York City of AIDS related complications. He had contracted the disease from a blood transfusion.
04-07-2009 07:51 AM
April 7, 1770
William Wordsworth, famed Romantic poet, is born in Cumberland, England.
I WANDERED LONELY AS A CLOUD
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
in such a jocund company:
I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
04-08-2009 08:06 AM
April 8, 1909
John Fante, author of Ask the Dust, is born in Denver, Colorado. Charles Bukowski, who hailed him as his "God", single handedly resurrected Fante's career and saw that his books were returned to print.
April 8, 1955
Barbara Kingsolver, author of the Poisonwood Bible, is born in Annapolis, Maryland. Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle describes her family's efforts to subsist exclusively on locally grown food.
04-09-2009 07:59 AM
April 9, 1553
Francois Rabelais, author of Gargantua and Pantagruel, dies in Paris. Purportedly, his final words were, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps."
April 9, 1997
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April 10, 1931
Khalil Gibran, author of The Prophet, dies in New York City. Among the quotable Gibran is this gem, "Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them."
April 10, 1934
David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Best and the Brightest, is born in New York City. Please visit the B&N Studio to watch our exclusive video in which Robert A. Caro, Joan Didion, and other literary luminaries pay tribute to Halberstam.
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April 11, 1970
John O’Hara dies in Princeton, New Jersey. A pristine first edition of O’Hara’s Appointment in Samarra is currently on the market for $30,000.
April 11, 2007
04-12-2009 08:04 AM
04-13-2009 07:41 AM
April 13, 1906
If you were around
we could go on the town
Instead of just going
on the booze
If you'd stay in my life
We'd kick up the high life
Country Irish like we used to do
So at my command
you will take my hand
And we'll dance
the final dance
But it's more pricks
That's what it is
I'm a scumbag,
a lout, that's the way
If you name me a street
Then I'll name you a bar
And I'll walk right through Hell
just to buy you a jar
04-13-2009 11:50 AM