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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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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 9, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 9, 2019

It’s the birthday of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (1828), whose famous tome “War and Peace” was originally titled “1805.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 8, 2019

It was on this day in 1920 that the first transcontinental U.S. airmail service began, from New York to San Francisco.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, September 7, 2019

It’s the birthday of Edith Sitwell, who once said “I am not an eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel in a pool of catfish.”

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