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American journalist, teacher, playwright, and poet Angelina Weld Grimké died #OTD in 1958.

Grimké was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural and artistic movement centered in Harlem, New York, during the 1920s and 1930s. Some of her well-known poems include "The Eyes of My Regret," "Tenebris," and "The Black Finger." These works often reflect her personal struggles and the broader societal challenges faced by African Americans.

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"I am afraid to go to sleep, for every time I do my children come and beg me weeping not to bring them here to suffer. Tonight, they came when I was awake."

Rachel, act III, final scene. (1920)

~Angelina Weld Grimké (February 27, 1880 – June 10, 1958)

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Portuguese poet Luís de Camões died in 1580.

"Os Lusíadas" (1572) is considered Camões' magnum opus. The epic poem consists of ten cantos and is written in ottava rima. The poem celebrates the voyage of Vasco da Gama and the Portuguese discoveries, blending historical events with mythological elements. It extols the virtues of bravery, patriotism, and the divine mission of the Portuguese people.

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"Mudam-se os tempos, mudam-se as vontades,
Muda-se o ser, muda-se a confiança;
Todo o mundo é composto de mudança,
Tomando sempre novas qualidades."

"Times change, desires change,
Being changes, confidence changes;
The whole world is made up of change,
Always taking on new qualities."


~Luís de Camões (c. 1524 or 1525 – 10 June 1580)

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Austro-Bohemian noblewoman, pacifist and novelist Bertha, baroness von Suttner was born in 1843.

Bertha's most famous work, "Die Waffen nieder!", was published in 1889. The novel depicted the horrors of war through the eyes of its protagonist, Martha von Tilling. Bertha's correspondence with Alfred Nobel influenced his decision to establish the Nobel Peace Prize. She is often credited with inspiring him to include a peace prize in his will.

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"Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope."

English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens died #OTD in 1870.

Dickens edited a weekly journal for 20 years; wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and nonfiction articles; lectured and performed readings extensively; was an indefatigable letter writer; and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

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75 years ago today (June 8) in 1949, George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' was published.

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Yes by Gods, it’s another book.

Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life, and a bowl of cherries.

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"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason."
The Age of Reason (1794)

Thomas Paine died #OTD in 1809.

He had a great influence on the thoughts and ideas which led to the American Revolution and the United States Declaration of Independence. He wrote three of the most influential and controversial works of the 18th Century: Common Sense, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason.

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Title page from the first English edition of Part I Paine, Thomas. The Age of Reason. Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

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French novelist, memoirist and journalist George Sand died in 1876.

Sand's writing combines elements of Romanticism and early Realism, with rich descriptions, strong emotions, and detailed character studies. Her novels often critique societal norms, particularly the limitations placed on women and the injustices faced by the lower classes.

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La Mare au diable. Edmond Rudaux — Bibliothèque nationale de France Illustrations de La Mare au Diable par Edmond Rudaux, dess. et grav. ; George Sand, aut. du texte

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"Peut-être que la conscience de la nullité n'est que le premier pas vers un noble essor. Les sots ne l'ont jamais. L'ignorance peut se passer longtemps de modestie ; mais, si elle vient un jour à rougir d'elle-même, elle n'est déjà plus l'ignorance."

Œuvres (1832), George Sand, éd. M. Lévy, 1856, Melchior, II., p. 338.

~George Sand (1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876)

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sounds (well, you know what I mean) like a very interesting book. Saw the Swedish edition, as well as the second in the series (in English) in the shop today. I have a mile high TBR pile, so I never brought them home.

I should have, shouldn't I?

Currently reading by and enjoying it.

Just finished by , and loved the whole series.

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The Lowest Trees Have Tops.

John Dowland’s setting of a poem by Edward Dyer.

From The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires, 1603

@earlymusic @earlymodern @histodon @histodons

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Greenlandic-Danish polar explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmussen was born #OTD in 1879.

He went on his first expedition in 1902–1904, known as The Danish Literary Expedition, with Jørgen Brønlund, Harald Moltke and Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen, to examine Inuit culture and traditions. Rasmussen is best known for leading the Thule Expeditions, a series of seven major expeditions between 1912 and 1933.

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Baillie Gifford ends all literary festival sponsorships over investments backlash

The company has not released a new statement since its partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival ended.

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What Nobody Tells You About Breast Cancer: The poet Anne Boyer lays bare the brutal realities in a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about her life with the disease that I write about in my latest story @medium.

Boyer's experiences, including a "drive-by" double mastectomy in her 40s, lead her to condemn the moral and other failures of the cancer establishment.

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When you have walked through a town, as an infantryman
you’ll never go through streets the same way again…

—Colin McIntyre (1927–2012), “Infantryman”

Published in FROM THE LINE: Scottish War Poetry 1914–1945

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“The Sodgers”, by Alexander Scott (1920–1989)

Alexander Scott landed in Normandy with the Gordon Highlanders, & saw action in the Ardennes & crossing the Rhine. He later became Head of #Scottish #Literature at the University of Glasgow, & was president of ASL from 1976–79

Published in FROM THE LINE: Scottish War Poetry 1914–1945, ed. David Goldie & Roderick Watson

#Scots #poetry #DDay #DDay80 #WW2 #WarPoetry

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American writer William Sydney Porter died #OTD in 1910.

O. Henry's stories are known for their memorable characters, vivid descriptions, and especially their surprise endings. Some of his most famous stories include "The Gift of the Magi," "The Ransom of Red Chief," "The Last Leaf," and "The Cop and the Anthem."

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The front cover of the first edition of the short story anthology The Four Million by O. Henry, published on April 10, 1906 by McClure, Phillips and Company, New York, 1906. O. Henry - The 1906 first edition cover:

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"A story with a moral appended is like the bill of a mosquito. It bores you, and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience."

"The Gold that Glittered". Strictly Business: More Stories of the Four Million (1910)

~O. Henry (11 September 1862 – 5 June 1910)

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"At times he regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way. He conceived persons with torn bodies to be peculiarly happy. He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage."

Ch. 9 - The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

~Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900)

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I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union,
An’ justifies that ill opinion,‍‍
‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,‍‍
‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍An’ fellow-mortal!

—Robert Burns, “To a Mouse, On turning her up in her Nest, with the Plough, November 1785”

#Scottish #literature #poetry #RobertBurns #environmentalism #naturewriting #18thCentury #Romanticism #WorldEnvironmentDay

Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin! Its silly wa’s the win’s are strewin! An’ naething, now, to big a new ane, O’ foggage green! An’ bleak December’s win’s ensuing, Baith snell an’ keen! Thou saw the fields laid bare an’ waste, An’ weary Winter comin fast, An’ cozie here, beneath the blast, Thou thought to dwell, Till crash! the cruel coulter past Out thro’ thy cell. That wee bit heap o’ leaves and stibble, Has cost thee monie a weary nibble! Now thou’s turned out, for a’ thy trouble, But house or hald, To thole the Winter’s sleety dribble, An’ cranreuch cauld! But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain: The best-laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy! Still thou are blest, compared wi’ me! The present only toucheth thee: But Och! I backward cast my e’e, On prospects drear! An’ forward, tho’ I cannot see, I guess an’ fear!

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"What can any individual do? Of that, every individual can judge. There is one thing that every individual can do, — they can see to it that they feel right."

#OTD in 1851.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.

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In June 1898.

First appearance of E. W. Hornung's fictional gentleman thief A. J. Raffles in the story "The Ides of March" in Cassell's Magazine (London).

The stories were collected into one volume—with two additional tales—under the name "The Amateur Cracksman", which was published the following year. Hornung used a narrative form similar to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.

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Tonight, I had a strange dream:

It started very good: I was on our flat's balcony and my partner came out for a moment to look for something she had left on the table, completely naked, which turned me on so much that I followed her, took her into my arms and started to kiss her.

As we were about to make a step towards the sofa, we suddenly got irritated by voices, which seemed to come from inside the flat.

We separated and shouted "Is there somebody in here?" but the voices just


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I do!

I can separate fantasy from reality quite well, and whilst I can totally immerse during the film or book and be totally shaken, once I finish or put them away, they don't bother me any more.

The only thing, I don't like is brutality and torture.

#Horror is, in my opinion, possibly the genre of #literature which tells most about the state of mind of its era, even more than #SciFi.

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