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    The Muses Companion – June 15, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 15th, the 167th day of the year 2024, with 199 days remaining. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anaïs Nin Today in Literary History: On this day in 1917, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author for his book Profiles in Courage, was born. His literary contributions, though overshadowed by his political career, provide insightful reflections on the qualities of courage and integrity in American leaders. Notable Birthdays: Edvard Grieg, born on June 15, 1843, though known primarily as a composer, greatly influenced the literary world through his musical settings of poems, most…

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    The Muses Companion – April 26, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 26th, the 116th day of the year 2024, with 250 days remaining. “As April wanes, the promise of spring deepens, nurturing seeds both in the earth and in our hearts.” Mary Oliver Today in Literary History: On this day in 1986, Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood was published in Japan. This novel, which brought Murakami widespread fame, explores themes of loss and nostalgia set against the backdrop of 1960s Tokyo. The poignant narrative captures the restless spirit of youth and the deep currents of personal change. Notable Birthdays: Bernard Malamud (April 26, 1914 – March 18, 1986), an American author renowned for his novels and…

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    The Muses Companion – March 25, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is March 25th, the 84th day of the year 2024, with 282 days remaining. “As March reaches its zenith, the thaw of winter gives way to the first true whispers of spring, calling forth new stories from the soil of the old.” D.H. Lawrence Today in Literary History: On this day in 1808, José de Espronceda, one of Spain’s most prominent Romantic poets, was born. His passionate and rebellious writings, exemplified in works like El estudiante de Salamanca and Canto a Teresa, have resonated through the ages, echoing the spirit of his turbulent times. Notable Birthdays: Flannery O’Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964), the…