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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 19, 2020

It’s the birthday of novelist Carson McCullers (1917), who published “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” when she was just 23 years old.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Today is the birthday of Sholem Aleichem (1895), known as the Mark Twain of Yiddish literature. He said, “No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 17, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 17, 2020

It’s the birthday of English crime novelist Ruth Rendell (1930-2015), who said, “The tragedy of growing old is not that one is old but that one is young.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, February 16, 2020

It’s the birthday of the printer Giambattista Bodoni (Italy, 1740), namesake of the popular typeface Bodoni. He personally designed around 300 typefaces.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, February 15, 2020

Today is the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony, a pioneer in the women’s suffrage movement. In 1920, 14 years after her death, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, February 14, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, February 14, 2020

Today is Saint Valentine’s Day, named for a Roman priest who performed clandestine weddings in defiance of Emperor Claudius II’s law forbidding marriage.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, February 13, 2020

To get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, today we feature love stories from fiction and history, from John & Abigail Adams to Romeo & Juliet.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, February 12, 2020

On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, and Charles Darwin was born in Shropshire, England.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, February 11, 2020

It’s the birthday of Thomas Edison (Ohio, 1847), who amassed 1,093 patents for inventions including the phonograph, the light bulb, and the movie camera.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 10, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, February 10, 2020

Today is the 50th birthday of Åsne Seierstad, the Norwegian journalist and author of “The Bookseller of Kabul.”

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