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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 28, 2022

It’s the birthday of the man who wrote, “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva in 1712.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 27, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 27, 2022

Today marks the birthdays of poets Frank O’Hara (1926), Lucille Clifton (1936), and Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, June 26, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, June 26, 2022

Pearl S. Buck was born on this day in 1892. A child of Christian missionaries, raised in China, her novel “The Good Earth” has become a classic.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, June 25, 2022

Anne Frank’s diary was published on this day in 1947. “It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I — nor for that matter anyone else — will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, June 24, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, June 24, 2022

Poet Stephen Dunn was born on this day in 1939. He published more than 10 books of poetry before his collection “Different Hours” won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, June 23, 2022

“Today I have so much to do/I must kill memory once and for all/I must turn soul to stone/I must learn to live again”–Russian poet Anna Akhmatova born in Odessa in 1889.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, June 22, 2022

It was on this day in 1944 that the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 became law — a law better known as the GI Bill.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, June 21, 2022

“My ideal state as a reader when I’m reading other people is feeling I’m vaguely wasting my time when I’m not reading that novel.”–Novelist Ian McEwan, born in Aldershot, England (1948).

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 20, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, June 20, 2022

Today is the birthday of Vikram Seth, born in Calcutta, India (1952), author of “A Suitable Boy”, the longest single-volume work of fiction in English since 1747.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by the United States Senate on this date. It prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin in employment, voting, and the use of public facilities.

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