The Dead Writers Round-Up: 10th-14th November

  • Oliver Goldsmith was born on 11/10/1728. “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” (The Vicar of Wakefield; The Deserted Village; She Stoops to Conquer)
  • Friedrich Schiller was born on 11/10/1759. “Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.” (The Robbers; Intrigue and Love; Don Carlos; The Maid of Orleans; William Tell)
  • Arthur Rimbaud died on 11/10/1891. “I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.” (Soleil et chair; Le bateau ivre; Illuminations)
  • Ken Kesey died on 11/10/2001. “You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.” (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Sometimes a Great Notion; Caverns; Sailor Song)
  • Norman Mailer died on 11/10/2007. “Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.” (The Naked and the Dead; The Executioner’s Song; Ancient Evenings; The Gospel According to the Son)
  • Kurt Vonnegut was born on 11/11/1922. “And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.” (The Sirens of Titan; Mother Night; Cat’s Cradle; Slaughterhouse-Five; Jailbird; Timequake)
  • Carlos Fuentes was born on 11/11/1928. “I need, therefore I imagine.” (Aura; Terra Nostra; The Old Gringo; Diana: the Goddess Who Hunts Alone; The Years with Laura Diaz)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell died on 11/12/1865. “Those who are happy and successful themselves are too apt to make light of the misfortune of others.” (Cranford; North and South; Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson was born on 11/13/1850. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” (Treasure Island; Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Kidnapped; The Master of Ballantrae)
  • Arthur Hugh Clough died on 11/13/1861. “My wind is turned to bitter north/That was so soft a south before.” (Tober-na-Vuolich; Mari Magno, or Tales on Board)
  • Saki (H.H. Munro) died on 11/13/1916. “The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.” (The Westminster Alice; The Unbearable Bassington; When William Came)
  • Clementine Paddleford died on 11/13/1967. “Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be!” (A Dickens Christmas Dinner; How America Eats)
  • Astrid Lindgren was born on 11/14/1907. “But still, if it’s true, how can it be a lie?” (Pippi Longstocking series; Bill Bergson series)
  • Booker T. Washington died on 11/14/1915. “I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” (Character Building; Up from Slavery; Working with the Hands)
  • Robert E. Sherwood died on 11/14/1955. “We all come from our own little planets. That’s why we’re all different. That’s what makes life interesting.” (Waterloo Bridge; Reunion in Vienna; The Petrified Forest; Idiot’s Delight; Abe Lincoln in Illinois; There Shall Be No Night)
  • Malcolm Muggeridge died on 11/14/1990. “Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.” (Three flats: a play in three acts; Winter in Moscow; In a valley of this restless mind)

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7 thoughts on “The Dead Writers Round-Up: 10th-14th November

  1. I really liked Robert L. Stevenson’s quote about keeping fears quiet and sharing courage. Sometimes, in life, that is the only thing to do.

    I was also struck by Kurt Vonnegut’s musings on the present โ€“ how wide, how deep and how much to keep.

    A very thought-provoking set of quotations, as they always are. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • I love that Stevenson quote. I had to include it here.

      I am struck by most of Vonnegut’s musings on, well, pretty much everything.

      Some groups of authors are easier to do than others, and it all comes down to quotes. Every time.


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