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    The Muses Companion – April 19, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 19th, the 109th day of the year 2024, with 257 days remaining. “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” Boris Pasternak Today in Literary History: On this day in 1824, Lord Byron, the British Romantic poet and a leading figure of the Romantic movement, died in Missolonghi, Greece. His works and persona epitomized the Romantic ideal of the artist as a brooding genius, influencing countless writers and artists who came after him. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Don Juan by Lord Byron: “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, ‘Twixt night and…

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    The Muses Companion – February 10, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 10th, the 41st day of the year 2024, with 325 days remaining. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher Today in Literary History: On this day in 1890, Boris Pasternak, a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator, was born. Best known for his novel Doctor Zhivago, which was banned in the Soviet Union for decades but celebrated outside of it, Pasternak’s work explores the tumultuous times of the Russian Revolution and the subsequent civil war, providing deep insights into human emotion and the complexities of love and loss. Notable Birthdays: Today’s…