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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 – April 15, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 15th, the 105th day of the year 2024, with 261 days remaining. “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein Today in Literary History: On this day in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci, one of the foremost artists and intellectuals of the Italian Renaissance, was born. While best known for his artworks, Leonardo’s extensive notebooks, filled with scientific diagrams, anatomical sketches, and engineering designs, also make him a significant figure in the literature of the sciences. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: “It has made me better loving you……

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    The Muses Companion – February 24, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 24th, the 55th day of the year 2024, with 311 days remaining. Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. Jonathan Swift Today in Literary History: On this day in 1955, Steve Jobs, an American business magnate and inventor, was born. Known for founding Apple Inc. and revolutionizing several industries from computers to movies to music, Jobs has also been the subject of numerous biographies that delve into his visionary approach and profound impact on technology and culture. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm: “Some men are born to good luck: all they do…

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    The Muses Companion – January 3, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is January 3rd, the 3rd day of the year 2024, with 363 days remaining. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James Today in Literary History: On this day in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien, English writer, poet, philologist, and professor, was born. Tolkien is best known for his classic high fantasy works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. His books have not only sold millions of copies worldwide but have also profoundly influenced the fantasy genre in literature and popular culture. Notable Birthdays: Cicero, born on January 3, 106 BC, was a Roman statesman, orator, and writer. His works on…