Nov. 23, 1999

The Afterlife

by Billy Collins

Broadcast Date: TUESDAY: November 23, 1999

Poem: "The Afterlife" by Billy Collins from Questions about Angels published by William Morrow & Co.

The musical Fiorello! opened on this day in 1959, at the Broadhurst Theater in New York.

On this day in 1936, the new photo-magazine Life came out, selling for 10 cents a copy. The first issue featured a cover photo by Margaret Bourke-White of the Fort Peck Dam in Montana.

It s the birthday of Irish novelist Shaun Herron, born in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (1912). Educated in Belfast, then at the University of Edinburgh and at Princeton University, he was ordained a minister of the Scottish Congregational Churches (1940), served in the British Army (1940-45), and after the war moved to Canada and worked as a minister and journalist. His novels include The Whore-Mother (1973), The Blacksmith s Daughter (1988), and At the House on Pine Street (1987).

On this day in 1903, tenor Enrico Caruso [en-REE-koh kah-ROO-soh] made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, singing the role of The Duke in Verdi s Rigoletto.

On this day in 1874, the first installment of Thomas Hardy s novel Far From the Madding Crowd was published—anonymously—in The Cornhill Magazine. It was published in book form later that year under the author's name.

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