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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 – May 30, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is May 30th, the 151st day of the year 2024, with 215 days remaining. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Charles R. Swindoll Today in Literary History: On this day in 1909, Benny Goodman, known as the “King of Swing,” was born. While primarily celebrated as a jazz musician, Goodman’s influence permeated into the cultural and social fabric of his time, inspiring various works of literature that explore themes of music, identity, and the transformative power of art during the tumultuous eras of the Great Depression and World War II. Notable Birthdays: Countee Cullen, an influential figure of…

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    The Muses Companion – May 3, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is May 3rd, the 123rd day of the year 2024, with 243 days remaining. “As May’s sun climbs higher, it scatters its light, coaxing colors to life and warming the soul with the glow of summer’s promise.” Robert Frost Today in Literary History: On this day in 1469, Niccolò Machiavelli, the Italian Renaissance political philosopher and author, was born. Known for his seminal work The Prince, Machiavelli’s writings on power dynamics and statecraft have left a lasting imprint on political theory and literature, inspiring debate and discussion for centuries. Notable Birthdays: Golda Meir (May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978), the fourth Prime Minister of Israel…

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    The Muses Companion – April 10, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 10th, the 100th day of the year 2024, with 266 days remaining. “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” Italo Calvino Today in Literary History: On this day in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was first published. This novel is now considered a masterpiece of American literature and a critical exploration of the American Dream in the roaring twenties. The work offers a poignant critique of wealth, power, and disillusionment in post-war America. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne…

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    The Muses Companion – March 28, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is March 28th, the 87th day of the year 2024, with 279 days remaining. “March draws to a close, its final pages filled with the ink of impending spring.” Robert Frost Today in Literary History: On this day in 1941, Virginia Woolf, one of the most important modernist writers of the 20th century, took her own life at age 59. Woolf’s novels, essays, and diaries explored the intricacies of human consciousness and made significant contributions to feminist literature and stream-of-consciousness narrative. Notable Birthdays: Maxim Gorky (March 28, 1868 – June 18, 1936), the Russian and Soviet writer, a founder of the socialist realism literary method, and…

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    The Muses Companion – March 26, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is March 26th, the 85th day of the year 2024, with 281 days remaining. “March draws near its end with a flourish, its crisp breezes mingling with the scent of renewal.” Virginia Woolf Today in Literary History: On this day in 1911, Tennessee Williams, one of America’s most influential playwrights, was born. His works, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, deeply probe human emotions and societal issues, using the setting of the American South to explore themes of desire, despair, and decay. Notable Birthdays: Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963), the American poet renowned for his depictions…

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    The Muses Companion – March 4, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is March 4th, the 63rd day of the year 2024, with 303 days remaining. Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. William Plomer Today in Literary History: On this day in 1394, Prince Henry The Navigator, a central figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire and the Age of Discoveries, was born. While not a writer, his patronage helped pave the way for numerous exploratory journals and navigational maps that have enriched the world’s literary and historical archives. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Makeba: My Story by Miriam Makeba: “I kept my culture. I kept the music of my roots. Through my…

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    The Muses Companion – February 22, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 22nd, the 53rd day of the year 2024, with 313 days remaining. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. Walter Elliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1788, Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher known for his pessimistic philosophies and profound influence on literature and psychology, was born. His works, such as The World as Will and Representation, explore the concept of human desire and the inherent suffering it causes, themes that have permeated both philosophical and literary discourse. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer: “A man…

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    The Muses Companion – February 3, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 3rd, the 34th day of the year 2024, with 332 days remaining. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller Today in Literary History: On this day in 1874, Gertrude Stein, an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector, was born. Known for her avant-garde writing style and influential role in the Parisian art scene, Stein’s work, including books like The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, challenges conventional narrative forms and explores the possibilities of language and expression. Notable Birthdays: Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978), the American painter and illustrator famous for his depictions of American…

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    The Muses Companion – January 22, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is January 22nd, the 22nd day of the year 2024, with 344 days remaining. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill Today in Literary History: On this day in 1788, Lord Byron, one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement and regarded as one of the greatest British poets, was born. Byron’s extensive works, including “Don Juan” and “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” are celebrated for their expressive and melodious style, as well as their bold exploration of the human condition and societal norms. Notable Birthdays: George Balanchine (January 22, 1904 – April 30, 1983), the influential Russian-American choreographer known…