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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 19, 2019

Today is the 99th birthday of “New Yorker” essayist and editor Roger Angell, who’s been with the publication for 75 years.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It was on this day in 1851, the first edition of “The New York Times” was published. The paper reached 10,000 in circulation within 10 days.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It’s the birthday of Ken Kesey (1935), author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a novel based on his experiences working in a veterans hospital.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 16, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 16, 2019

It’s the birthday of H.A. Rey (1898) whose story “The Adventures of Fifi” became the beloved book “Curious George.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 15, 2019

On this day in 1890, an English child named Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller was born; she would become famed mystery writer Agatha Christie.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 14, 2019

Today is the birthday of the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849), who taught the world about conditional reflexes.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 13, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 13, 2019

It was on this day in 1814 that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today in 1846, poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning eloped. Elizabeth’s sonnet “How do I love thee, let me count the ways” is about their love.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Today we hear a poem from Joyce Sutphen about “Things You Didn’t Put on Your Résumé.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Today is the birthday of Mary Oliver (1935-2019), who wrote, “When it’s over, I want to say all my life / I was a bride married to amazement.”

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