Jan. 19, 1999
Poem: "Cézanne's Outrageousness," by Stephen Dobyns, from Velocities: New and Selected Poems 1966-1992 (Penguin).
It's the birthday in 1921 of novelist PATRICIA HIGHSMITH, born in Fort Worth, Texas, author of some 20 novels, mostly psychological thrillers such as her first book, Strangers on a Train, which came out in 1950.
French painter PAUL CÉZANNE was born on this day in 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, one of the leaders of the post-impressionists in 19th century art, often known as the "father of modern painting" because he inspired so many Cubists, including Pablo Picasso.
It's the birthday of writer EDGAR ALLAN POE, born in Boston in 1809, author of the poem "The Raven" and many gothic poems and mysteries, including the "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Premature Burial," and "The Purloined Letter" in the 1830s and 40s.
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