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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 23, 2019

On this day in 1920, Sinclair Lewis’s novel “Main Street,” about a young city woman who moves to a small town, was published.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Today is the birthday of Doris Lessing (1919-2013), who said, “A writer falls in love with an idea and gets carried away…It’s one of the great pleasures in my life.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 21, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 21, 2019

Today is the birthday of Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018). Best known for her fantasy series Earthsea, she also wrote children’s books, poetry, essays, fiction, and non-fiction.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 20, 2019

Today is the birthday of novelist Monica Ali (1967), political humorist Art Buchwald (1925), and composer Charles Ives (1874).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 19, 2019

Today is the birthday of Tracy Chevalier (1962) who advises, “Don’t write about yourself — you aren’t as interesting as you think.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, October 18, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, October 18, 2019

Today we feature a poem called “Seasoned” by Tim Nolan and celebrate the birthday of journalist A.J. Liebling (1904).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, October 17, 2019

It’s the birthday of Arthur Miller (1915), who said, “The mission of the theater, after all, is to change, to raise the consciousness of people to their human possibilities.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Today is the birthday of Oscar Wilde (1854), who once said, “Art is useless because its aim is simply to create a mood.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Today is the birthday of humorist P.G. Wodehouse (1881), who made his novels “like musical comedies without the music, ignoring real life completely.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 14, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 14, 2019

On this day in 1926, A.A. Milne published a short story collection about his son’s stuffed bear called “Winnie-the-Pooh.”

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