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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, May 6, 2021

On this day in 1935 Franklin Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration. The WPA employed 8.5 million out-of-work people on 1.4 million individual projects.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Nellie Bly was born on May 5th, 1864. She reinvented investigative journalism with her exposee on life in a New York asylum, to which she got herself committed for ten days.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Horace Mann was born this day in 1796. An advocate of public education and an opponent of slavery, he said, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, May 3, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, May 3, 2021

It’s the birthday of poet, novelist, and memoirist May Sarton (1912). Her memoir “Journal of a Solitude” (1973) has been called “the watershed in women’s autobiography.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, May 2, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, May 2, 2021

The author of the novel “Catch-22” Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1923.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, May 1, 2021

The author of the novel “Catch-22” Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1923.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, April 30, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, April 30, 2021

It’s the birthday of writer Annie Dillard (1945). She read voraciously as a child and has said, “I opened books like jars.” Her latest is “The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New” (2016).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, April 29, 2021

American soldiers liberated 30,000 prisoners from a concentration camp in Dachau, Germany on this date in 1945. It was the first concentration camp the Nazis established.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Today marks the birth of Harper Lee in 1926. Her book “To Kill a Mockingbird” won the Pulitzer Prize and introduces many young people to the harsh realities of racism in America.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Playwright August Wilson was born on this day in 1945. For decades he brought black voices to the stage, and this past year his play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was released as a film.

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