Robert Louis Stevenson on Two Books

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on this day in 1850.

Robert Louis Stevenson by Count Girolamo Nerli (1892). Scottish National Gallery.

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”–Robert Louis Stevenson 


Edna St. Vincent Millay: 22 February 1892

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on 22 February 1892.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay.

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.”-Edna St. Vincent Millay

Happy Birthday, Mr. Langston Hughes!

Langston Hughes was born on 1 February 1902.

Langston Hughes by Carl Van Vechten, February 1936

Langston Hughes by Carl Van Vechten, February 1936.

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”-Langston Hughes