The Dead Writers Round Up: 9th-10th November

  • Ivan Turgenev was born on 11/9/1818. “However much you knock at nature’s door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.” [Fathers and Sons; Torrents of Spring; A Month in the Country]
  • Guillaume Apollinaire died on 11/9/1918. “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” [Alcools; Calligrammes; Soldes]
  • Anne Sexton was born on 11/9/1928. “As for me, I am a watercolor. I wash off.” [Live or Die; The Book of Folly]
  • Dylan Thomas died on 11/9/1953. “Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.” [Twenty-Five Poems; A Child’s Christmas in Wales; Under Milk Wood]
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher died on 11/9/1958. “Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature.” [Understood Betsy; Bonfire; Raw Material]
  • Oliver Goldsmith was born on 11/10/1730. “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” [The Vicar of Wakefield; The Deserted Village; She Stoops to Conquer]
  • Friedrich Schiller was born on 11/10/1759. “Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.” [The Robbers; Don Carlos; The Maid of Orleans; William Tell]
  • Arthur Rimbaud died on 11/10/1891. “Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.” [Soleil et Chair; Illuminations]
  • Ken Kesey died on 11/10/2001. “Allen Ginsberg is a tremendous warrior as time goes by. He’s a warrior first and a poet second.” [One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Sometimes a Great Notion; Caverns; Sailor Song]
  • Norman Mailer died on 11/10/2007. “Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.” [The Naked and the Dead; Barbary Shore; The Executioner’s Song]

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