Oct. 2, 1997
A Postcard from the Volcano
Today's Reading: "A Postcard from the Volcano" by Wallace Stevens from COLLECTED POEMS, published by Alfred A. Knopf.
The Nottingham Goose Fair, held annually since the year 1248, begins today in Nottingham, England.
The Riley Festival, celebrating Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, starts today in Greenfield, Indiana.
The comic strip PEANUTS, by Charles M. Schulz, made its first appearance in the newspapers in 1950.
Novelist Graham Greene, author of THE POWER AND THE GLORY, THE HEART OF THE MATTER and THE HONORARY CONSUL, was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, in 1904.
Poet Roy Campbell, best known for his narrative poem THE FLAMING TERRAPIN, was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1901.
William A. 'Bud' Abbott, the straight man to Lou Costello, was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, in 1900.
Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx, one of the five Marx brothers that included Chico, Harpo, Gummo, and Zeppo, was born on the upper East Side of Manhattan in 1890.
Poet Wallace Stevens, who worked at an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1879. "Wine and music are not good until afternoon. But poetry is like prayer in that it is most effective in solitude and in the times of solitude--as, for example, in the earliest morning."
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