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    The Muses Companion – June 11, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 11th, the 163rd day of the year 2024, with 203 days remaining. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg Today in Literary History: On this day in 1955, Thomas Pynchon, renowned for his complex and dense novels, was awarded the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow. Pynchon’s work, known for its deep interplay of themes and genres, exemplifies the possibilities of modern narrative structure and is celebrated for its innovation and challenge to traditional storytelling. Notable Birthdays: Yasunari Kawabata, born on June 11, 1899, was a Japanese novelist and the first Japanese author to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.…

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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 28, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is May 28th, the 149th day of the year 2024, with 217 days remaining. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1779, Thomas Moore, an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, best known for the lyrics of “The Minstrel Boy” and “The Last Rose of Summer,” was born. Moore’s work is celebrated for its lyricism and deep emotional appeal, which have made him an enduring figure in Irish and British literature. Notable Birthdays: Ian Fleming, born on May 28, 1908, was a British author, journalist, and…

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    The Muses Companion – April 28, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 28th, the 118th day of the year 2024, with 248 days remaining. “Books are the mirrors of the soul.” Virginia Woolf Today in Literary History: On this day in 1789, the famous mutiny on the Bounty occurred. This dramatic real-life event aboard a British ship has inspired numerous literary works and adaptations, exploring themes of authority, rebellion, and survival in extreme conditions. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” Literary Fact of the Day: On April 28, 1926, the first edition of…

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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 1, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is March 1st, the 60th day of the year 2024, with 306 days remaining. Every moment is a fresh beginning. T.S. Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1914, Ralph Ellison, an influential American novelist and literary critic, was born. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, a profound exploration of the social and intellectual issues facing African Americans in the early 20th century, which remains a seminal work in the American literary canon. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” Literary Fact of the Day: On March…

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    The Muses Companion – February 19, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 19th, the 50th day of the year 2024, with 316 days remaining. Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon Today in Literary History: On this day in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its center, was born. His works have not only revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos but have also had a profound impact on the world of science and literature, inspiring discussions about human perception and the nature of the universe. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres” by Nicolaus Copernicus:…

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    The Muses Companion – February 17, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 17th, the 48th day of the year 2024, with 318 days remaining. The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink. T.S. Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1904, Simón Bolívar Buckner Jr., an American lieutenant general during World War II, was born. While known primarily for his military career, his writings and the extensive biographical studies about him have contributed to our understanding of military history and leadership. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From an analysis of Michael Jordan’s impact: “Jordan’s influence extended beyond the basketball court. His work ethic, competitive spirit, and willingness to embrace challenges have inspired countless…

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    The Muses Companion – February 8, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is February 8th, the 39th day of the year 2024, with 327 days remaining. Every moment is a fresh beginning. T.S. Eliot Today in Literary History: On this day in 1828, Jules Verne, a French novelist, poet, and playwright, was born. Known as one of the fathers of science fiction, Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before practical means of voyaging were invented. His visionary works, including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days, continue to inspire and captivate readers and explorers alike. Notable Birthdays: John Grisham (born February 8, 1955), an American bestselling author known for his…

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    The Muses Companion – January 25, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is January 25th, the 25th day of the year 2024, with 341 days remaining. Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. Sam Levenson Today in Literary History: On this day in 1882, Virginia Woolf, one of the foremost modernist authors of the 20th century, was born. Her novels, including Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, as well as her groundbreaking essays on feminism and literature, have deeply influenced narrative styles and the literary landscape. Notable Birthdays: Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796), the Scottish poet widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, was also born on this day. Known…