Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy!

On this day in 1933, Cormac McCarthy was born. The great American novelist moved around a lot, and served in the Air Force for four years. After returning to the University of Tennessee in 1957, he was awarded an Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing. He has published ten novels and has an eleventh on the way.

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In Memory of Jane: Our Favorite Austen Quotes

Today, we honor Jane Austen‘s death. As one of the greatest English novelists, her works live on and continue to be some of the most influential literary works in history.

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Happy Birthday, Pablo Neruda: Quotes about Life (and Love)

Born in Chile on July 12, 1904, we recognize Pablo Neruda 112 years later as a political activist and eclectic poet. As a Communist holding several Chilean governmental posts, Neruda faced danger when Radical Party presidential candidate Gabriel González Videla turned against the Communist Party.

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Celebrate Limerick Day: Learn About Edward Lear

“There once was a man named Lear Who wrote poems that pleased the ear, He lived long ago, But his name we do know, Because his work still brings us great cheer!” –Kate Gawlowski Why do we love limericks? It might be the light language, the funny words, and the clever rhymes, all nicely pieced together with…

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Happy Birthday, Beckett! Celebrate the (Absurd) “Waiting for Godot” Author

Samuel Beckett was a most interesting man—a fact that can be immediately confirmed by the author’s influential contributions to the Absurdist Movement (but we’ll get to what that is in a moment). Though born and raised in Ireland, Beckett fell in love with Paris in his 20s after graduating from Trinity College with a B.A. in modern…

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