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April 6, 1935

E.A. Robinson, American poet, dies. Robinson's narrative poem, Richard Cory, inspired the Simon & Garfunkel song of the same name.

 

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.

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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.


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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.

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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

Helene Hanff, author of 84, Charing Cross Road, dies in New York City. Anne Bancroft played Hanff in the 1987 film adaptation of the book.

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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 

Kurt Vonnegut dies in New York City. Vonnegut’s own experience as a P.O.W. in W.W.II influenced his most famous novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

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April 12, 1947

Tom Clancy is born in Baltimore County, Maryland. Clancy is a co-owner of the Orioles baseball team.

 

 

April 12, 1949

Scott Turow is born in Chicago, Illinois. Turow recently revealed that's he's writing a sequel to his mega-blockbuster, Presumed Innocent.

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April 13, 1906

Samuel Beckett is born in Dublin. The recent release of Volume One of Beckett's Letters was hailed as a "cultural moment."  

 

The Shane MacGowan song, More Pricks Than Kicks takes it's title from the Beckett novel of the same name.

 

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

And we'd
drink
and we'd
dance
and we'd
dance
and we'd
drink
and we'd
drink
and we'd
dance
and we'd
dance
and we'd
drink

So at my command
you will take my hand
And we'll dance
the final dance

But it's more pricks
than kicks
That's what it is
I'm a scumbag,
a lout, that's the way
things are

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

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Pushing the Literary Envelope.once again,you do that well..Vtc
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Thanks for the praise, Vtc.