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    The Muses Companion – June 17, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 17th, the 169th day of the year 2024, with 197 days remaining. Writing is the painting of the voice. Voltaire Today in Literary History: On this day in 1871, James Weldon Johnson, an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, and civil rights activist, was born. Best known for his poetry and as the lyricist of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Johnson’s works often explore the complexities of African American identity and the fight for equality. Notable Birthdays: John Hersey, born on June 17, 1914, was an American writer and journalist renowned for his novel Hiroshima, which detailed the lives of six survivors of the atomic…

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    The Muses Companion – April 24, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 24th, the 114th day of the year 2024, with 252 days remaining. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” Voltaire Today in Literary History: On this day in 1800, the United States Library of Congress was established. Its founding aimed to provide a repository of knowledge and resources necessary for legislation but has since become a treasure trove of America’s cultural and historical legacies, including an invaluable collection of books, manuscripts, and maps. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Middlemarch by George Eliot:“For there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that…