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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, October 4, 2022

1941 marked the birth of Anne Rice, author of “Interview with a Vampire.” Rice died in October 2021 at the age of 80.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 3, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, October 3, 2022

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” – The works of Emily Post, born on this day in 1873.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, October 2, 2022

On this day in 1950, the comic strip Peanuts, written and illustrated by Twin Cities native Charles M. Schulz, was first published. The series and its creator won award after award, and Peanuts was lauded for its deft social commentary, wry wisdom, and the satirical eye.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, October 1, 2022

It’s the birthday of Ernest Haycox, 1899, who said to become a successful writer. “First, one must break in to print somewhere, anywhere, with anything, and get money for it.” Second, “consolidate in that field … to such a point that your stories will be good enough to sell whenever written.” and Third “to do something permanent, something at least bordering on the field of literature. The first two stages can be accomplished by sheer muscle and sweat. The third is an entirely different problem.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 30, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, September 30, 2022

On this day in 1452, the first section of the Gutenberg Bible was finished in Mainz, Germany, by the printer Johannes Gutenberg. On this day in 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s two-act opera The Magic Flute premiered at the Freihaus Theater in the composer’s hometown of Vienna, Austria. And, it’s the birthday of author Truman Capote, born in 1924 and best known for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, September 29, 2022

Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London on this day in 1810. Elizabeth Gaskell was close friends with novelist Charlotte Brontë, the author of Jane Eyre. After Brontë died, Gaskell wrote the biography The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857), which many scholars now consider a definitive work.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Today is the birthday of scrivener and alchemist Nicholas Flamel, who was born on the outskirts of Paris in the year 1300 to a poor but respectable family. He and his wife Pernelle were thought to have discovered an elixir of life. He has been enshrined in modern memory by the Harry Potter books, which feature the Flamel’s as friends of Albus Dumbledore in the book “The Sorcerer’s Stone.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, September 27, 2022

“Artists are nourished more by each other than by fame or by the public. To give one’s work to the world is an experience of peculiar emptiness. The work goes away from the artist into a void, like a message stuck into a bottle and flung into the sea.” – writer Joyce Johnson, born on this day in 1935.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 26, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, September 26, 2022

Today is the birthday of the composer George Gershwin (1898) who, with his brother Ira, created many classic Broadway musicals. An unrelated musical “West Side Story” opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, September 25, 2022

Today features the poem “Ice Cream Shop” by Shel Silverstein on his birthday (1930). It is also the birthday of novelist William Faulkner in 1879.

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