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May 28th, 1908

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, is born in London. Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records and the man responsible for bringing Bob Marley into the world's spotlight, is currently developing Fleming's Jamaican estate into a world class resort. Incidentally, Blackwell's mother Blanche just may have been the model for Pussy Galore.

 

 

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May 29th, 1874

G.K. Chesterton, creator of Father Brown and author of The Man Who Was Thursday, is born in London. Renowned for his size -- both vertical and horizontal -- Chesterton had the following exchange with George Bernard Shaw:

 

Chesterton: "'To look at you, anyone would think there was a famine in England."

 

Shaw: "'To look at you, anyone would think you caused it."

 

May 29th, 1906

T.H. White, the author of The Once and Future King, is born in Bombay, India. J.K. Rowling cites White as a major influence on the Harry Potter Series.

 

 

 

 

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May 30, 1593

Christopher Marlowe, English Playwright, is murdered in Deptford, England. For more on the mysterious Marlowe, Charles Nicholl's Reckoning is a must read.

 

May 30, 1960

Boris Pasternak, author Doctor Zhivago, dies in Russia. The great critic, Edmund Wilson, said Zhivago was, "a great act of faith in art and in the human spirit."

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May 31, 1819

Walt Whitman, "America's Poet", is born in Long Island, New York.

 

To A Stranger

 

Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,

You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)

I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,

All is recall'd as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,

You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me,

I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become not yours only nor left my body mine only,

You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass, you take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,

I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone,

I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,

I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

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June 1st, 1831

John Bell Hood, Confederate General and the author of Advance and Retreat, is born in Owingsville, Kentucky. Robert Hicks, the bestselling author of The Widow of the South, has written a beautifully moving novel about Hood, his wife, and their eleven children entitled A Separate Country. It's due out this September and thus far it's one of my top two favorite books of 2009!

 

 

A Separate Country 

 
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June 2nd, 1740

The Marquis de Sade, author of Justine and Juliette, is born in Paris. Sade spent almost half his life in prisons and asylums for his "libertine" pursuits.

 

June 2nd, 1962

Vita Sackville-West, the author of All Passion Spent, passes away. Sackville-West's affair with Virginia Woolf is the subject of Karyn Z. Sproles' book, Desiring Women.

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TBR..Fall 2009.Thanks Paul...Southern Writers are decendents of proably some of the best storytellers...Scottish,Irish,..A few yrs ago I came across a new author for me"Silas House"  his books depict the real south at that time,which few have even known(speaking of Northeners like myself),throughly eye opening..and beautifully written...V

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In the meantime, you should definitely pick up Hick's Widow of the South. The book is so good it inspired me to drive 2000 miles in 3 days to see the actual graveyard at Carnton.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TBR..Fall 2009.Thanks Paul...Southern Writers are decendents of proably some of the best storytellers...Scottish,Irish,..A few yrs ago I came across a new author for me"Silas House"  his books depict the real south at that time,which few have even known(speaking of Northeners like myself),throughly eye opening..and beautifully written...V


 

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Did you go to any cool' Diners" along the way?The bridge that I purchased from you and having renamed next week,tell me please that's its mine !!! On that note,and your great storytelling abilities,I will,have a look on BN...V
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No diners, but certainly a bar or five in Nashville. Franklin -- the setting of the story -- is just south of Nashville.

 


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Did you go to any cool' Diners" along the way?The bridge that I purchased from you and having renamed next week,tell me please that's its mine !!! On that note,and your great storytelling abilities,I will,have a look on BN...V