- James Hilton died on 12/20/1954. “The right mixture of caring and not caring-I suppose that’s what love is.” (Knight Without Armour; Lost Horizon; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Random Harvest)
- John Steinbeck died on 12/20/1968. “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” (The Red Pony; Tortilla Flat; Of Mice and Men; The Grapes of Wrath; The Moon is Down; Cannery Row; The Pearl; East of Eden)
- Denise Levertov died on 12/20/1997. “You have come to the shore. There are no instructions.” (The Double Image; Life in the Forest; Candles in Babylon)
- Dame Rebecca West was born on 12/21/1892. “It’s the souls duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.” (The Return of the Soldier; The Fountain Overflows; Black Lamb and Grey Falcon; 1900)
- Anthony Powell was born on 12/21/1905. “Books do furnish a room.” (A Dance to the Music of Time; Afternoon Men) Continue reading
Our holiday tree, in negative:
Bonus points if you can guess the albums on the wall.
- 10 of the Best Holiday Books You Probably Haven’t Read [courtesy Flavorwire]
- This Is What Children’s Books Looked Like In The 1800s, And It’s Super Fascinating [courtesy Huff Post Books]
- A million first steps [courtesy The British Library]
Emily Brontë died on 19 December 1848.
“Shall Earth no more inspire thee, Thou lonely dreamer now?”-Emily Brontë
Elizabeth Craven was born on 17 December 1750.
…would be a shame!
“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”-Noël Coward (born on 12-16-1899)
“Impropriety is the soul of wit.”-W. Somerset Maugham (died on 12-16-1965)
I’m stuck in bed today, tired from coughing. Croaky-voiced. Re-reading Ansel Adams’ autobiography and dreaming of great snow-capped mountains. I catch a glimpse, through the dirty window, of a white-blanketed roof and try to make do. Persuade me that there is no difference on the scale of majesty, and I’ll be impressed.
Words to the wise: On gloomy days, imagination is the best tool of all.
Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775.
“Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.”-Jane Austen