Dec. 16, 1997

Mossbawn Sunlight

by Seamus Heaney


Today's Reading: "Mossbawn Sunlight" by Seamus Heaney from POEMS 1965-1975, published by Farrar Straus Giroux.

In Mexico, the annual eight-day celebration called Posadas begins today with groups of people going from door to door asking for "posada," or shelter, as Mary and Joseph did before the birth of Jesus.

It's the birthday of English science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, author of the short story "The Sentinel," on which the film 2001: SPACE ODYSSEY was based. He was born in Minehead, Somerset, in 1917.

It's the birthday of anthropologist Margaret Mead, born in Philadelphia in 1901.

Author V.S. Pritchett (YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LIFE; BLIND LOVE AND OTHER STORIES) was born on this day in Ipswich, England, 1900.

English playwright, actor, and composer Noel Coward (PRIVATE LIVES) was born on this day near London in 1899.

It's the birthday of Gothic revival architect Ralph Adams Cram, born in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, 1863.

Poet and philosopher George Santayana was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1863. His most famous line about history: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

It's the birthday of author Jane Austen (PRIDE AND PREJUDICE; EMMA; PERSUASION) born in the village of Steventon, Hampshire, England, 1775.

The Boston Tea Party took place on this day in 1773.

It's the birthday of composer Ludvig van Beethoven, born in Bonn, Germany, 1770.

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