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    The Muses Companion – June 9, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 9th, the 161st day of the year 2024, with 205 days remaining. Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso Today in Literary History: On this day in 1961, the poet and playwright Ben Jonson, a contemporary and colleague of William Shakespeare, was born. Jonson’s work, known for its sophisticated structure and wit, includes significant plays like Volpone and The Alchemist. His contributions to English literature not only include his plays and poems but also his critical prefaces which have been foundational in the study of literary criticism. Notable Birthdays: Charles Webb, born on June 9, 1939, was an…

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    The Muses Companion – June 8, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 8th, the 160th day of the year 2024, with 206 days remaining. Adventure is not outside man; it is within. George Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect who significantly influenced the architectural text and discourse of the 20th century, was born. Though primarily known for his architectural designs, Wright also penned several influential texts, marrying the art of building with philosophical musings on space, form, and humanity’s relationship with its environments. Notable Birthdays: Sara Paretsky, born on June 8, 1947, is an American author of detective fiction, best known for her novels focusing on…

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    The Muses Companion – June 4, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 4th, the 156th day of the year 2024, with 210 days remaining. Every moment is a fresh beginning. T.S. Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1783, the Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrated their montgolfière (hot air balloon) in Annonay, France. This event not only marked a significant advancement in human flight but also sparked imaginations and influenced a variety of literary works that explore themes of adventure, innovation, and the boundless possibilities of human ingenuity. Notable Birthdays: Angelina Jolie, born on June 4, 1975, is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. While primarily known for her work in film, Jolie’s powerful influence…

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    The Muses Companion – May 22, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is May 22nd, the 143rd day of the year 2024, with 223 days remaining. Adventure is not outside man; it is within. George Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the British writer best known for creating the detective Sherlock Holmes, was born. His Sherlock Holmes stories revolutionized the mystery genre and continue to captivate audiences around the world with their intricate plotting and timeless appeal. Notable Birthdays: Richard Wagner, born on May 22, 1813, was a German composer known for his complex operas and dramatic works, which have significantly influenced both music and literary theory. His concept of…

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    The Muses Companion – April 24, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 24th, the 114th day of the year 2024, with 252 days remaining. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” Voltaire Today in Literary History: On this day in 1800, the United States Library of Congress was established. Its founding aimed to provide a repository of knowledge and resources necessary for legislation but has since become a treasure trove of America’s cultural and historical legacies, including an invaluable collection of books, manuscripts, and maps. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Middlemarch by George Eliot:“For there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that…

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    The Muses Companion – April 5, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 5th, the 95th day of the year 2024, with 271 days remaining. “April’s promise is the kindling of spring, igniting under our dreams with each passing day.” Rainer Maria Rilke Today in Literary History: On this day in 1968, Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was first published. This seminal science fiction work explores themes of reality, humanity, and empathy through the story of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter tasked with “retiring” rogue androids. Dick’s novel would later be adapted into the iconic film Blade Runner, further cementing its place in cultural history. Notable Birthdays: Booker T. Washington (April 5,…

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    The Muses Companion – January 8, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is January 8th, the 8th day of the year 2024, with 358 days remaining. It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1942, Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, was born. While primarily known for his scientific studies on black holes and relativity, Hawking also contributed to literature through his books, such as A Brief History of Time, which aim to make complex scientific concepts accessible to the general public. Notable Birthdays: Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), the iconic American singer and actor,…