May 28, 1999


by Michelle Boisseau

Broadcast Date: FRIDAY: May 28, 1999

Poem: "Cardinality," by Michelle Boisseau, from Understory (Northeastern University Press, 1996).

It's the birthday of MAEVE BINCHY, born near Dublin, Ireland in 1940, and the author of the 1990 novel Circle of Friends. She grew up in Dublin, but eventually became the London correspondent for the Irish Times, and started writing fiction. Her first book was Light a Penny Candle, which came out in 1982.

It's the birthday in Logan, Utah, 1919 of poet MAY SWENSON.

It's the birthday in Birmingham, Alabama, 1916, of novelist WALKER PERCY, who wrote books about the search for faith and love in the South, books like Love in the Ruins, The Second Coming, and The Moviegoer.

It's the birthday in 1912, London, of the Australian novelist PATRICK WHITE, who wrote The Tree of Man, Riders in the Chariot, and The Eye of the Storm, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973.

It's the birthday in Dublin, Ireland, 1779, of the poet and composer THOMAS MOORE, who between 1807 and 1834 published a series of books called Irish Melodies — 130 poems in all, set to his own music.

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