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    The Muses Companion – April 4, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 4th, the 94th day of the year 2024, with 272 days remaining. “April unfurls the curtains of bloom, revealing the stage of a new season’s play.” T.S. Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1928, Maya Angelou was born. An iconic American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Angelou’s work, including her seminal autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, continues to inspire generations with its powerful themes of resistance, resilience, and self-discovery. Notable Birthdays: Marguerite Duras (April 4, 1914 – March 3, 1996), the French novelist and filmmaker, was born on this day in Saigon, French Indochina. Best known for…

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    The Muses Companion – March 8, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is March 8th, the 67th day of the year 2024, with 299 days remaining. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anaïs Nin Today in Literary History: On this day in 1841, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., an American jurist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was born. Though primarily known for his legal career, Holmes also contributed significantly to written discourse through his eloquent opinions and essays, which have been studied for both their philosophical depth and literary quality. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: “Don’t Panic. Life’s a lot less…

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    The Muses Companion – February 18, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 18th, the 49th day of the year 2024, with 317 days remaining. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow is our doubts of today. Franklin D. Roosevelt Today in Literary History: On this day in 1931, Toni Morrison, an American novelist and essayist, was born. Morrison is renowned for her powerful narratives that weave the African American experience with the universal themes of identity, culture, and memory. Her masterpiece, Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, remains an essential work in the study of American literature and history. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Beloved by Toni Morrison: “She is a friend of…

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    The Muses Companion – February 15, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 15th, the 46th day of the year 2024, with 320 days remaining. The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. John Green Today in Literary History: On this day in 1564, Galileo Galilei, the Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer, often referred to as the “father of modern observational astronomy,” was born. His discoveries and writings not only revolutionized science but also had a profound impact on literature, challenging and inspiring writers to explore themes of innovation, conflict, and the human spirit’s quest for knowledge. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” by Galileo Galilei: “In…

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    The Muses Companion – February 9, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 9th, the 40th day of the year 2024, with 326 days remaining. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese Proverb Today in Literary History: On this day in 1944, Alice Walker, an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist, was born. Walker is best known for her novel The Color Purple, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Her work is celebrated for its vivid and insightful exploration of race, gender, and identity in the American South. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The…

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    The Muses Companion – January 6, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is January 6th, the 6th day of the year 2024, with 360 days remaining. Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci Today in Literary History: On this day in 1912, New Mexico was admitted as the 47th state of the United States. This event has been explored in numerous historical and cultural studies, emphasizing its unique blend of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo-American influences, which has significantly shaped the literary and artistic traditions of the region. Notable Birthdays: E.L. Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015), an American author known for his works of historical fiction, was born on this day. His novels, such…