The Dead Writers Round-Up: 19th-23rd January

  • Edgar Allan Poe was born on 1/19/1809. “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
  • Robinson Jeffers died on 1/20/1962. “Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster’s feet there are left the mountains.” (Shine, Perishing Republic, 1941)
  • Lytton Strachey died on 1/21/1932. Strachey revolutionized the genre of biography, finally bringing it out of the Victorian era by infusing his profiles with wit and genuine human emotions.
  • George A. Moore died on 1/21/1933. “Art must be parochial in the beginning to be cosmopolitan in the end.”
  • George Orwell died on 1/21/1950. “Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.”
  • Lord Byron was born on 1/22/1788. “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge.”
  • August Strindberg was born on 1/22/1849. Strindberg was an artistic triple-threat, engaging in painting and photography as well as the writing for which he is known. He also fancied himself an alchemist.
  • Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle) was born on 1/23/1783. “A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.

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