Apr. 22, 1999
Poem: "Bonnard's Nudes," by Raymond Carver, from Ultramarine (Vintage Books).
Poet LOUISE GLÜCK was born on this day in New York, 1943, author of Meadowlands; Proofs and Theories; Ararat; and The Wild Iris, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
It's the birthday of jazz bassist CHARLES MINGUS,, born in Nogales, Arizona, who played with Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and Red Norvo in the 1940s and 50s.
It's the birthday today of Julius Robert OPPENHEIMER, born 1904 in New York City, a theoretical physicist and director of the Los Alamos laboratory during development of the atomic bomb in the 1940s.
It's the birthday of writer VLADIMIR NABOKOV, born 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russia, author of Lolita (1955).
It's the birthday of novelist OLE ROLVAAG, born in 1876 in a fishing village on the coast of Norway, author of several novels about immigrants' struggles here in Americahis best-known the story of Per Hansa and his wife, Beret, that he named Giants in the Earth, published in English in 1927.
It's the birthday in Somerset, England, 1707, of the father of the English novel, HENRY FIELDING, best known for his two books Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones that he wrote in the 1740s.
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