Nov. 20, 1996

Sapphics Against Anger

by Timothy Steele


Today's Reading:"Sapphics Against Anger" by Timothy Steele from SAPPHICS AND UNCERTAINTIES, published by University of Arkansas Press (1995).

The International War Crimes Tribunal began on this day in 1945 in Nuremberg, Germany.

It's the birthday of novelist and short story writer Nadine Gordimer, born in Springs, South Africa, 1923. She won the 1991 Nobel Prize for literature.

Journalist and commentator Alistair Cooke, who did his weekly BBC radio program, LETTER FROM AMERICA, for half a century, was born in Manchester, England, 1908.

The creator of the Dick Tracey comic-strip, Chester Gould, was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma, on this day in 1900.

Astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble, for whom the Hubble Telescope was named, was born on this day in Marshfield, Missouri, 1889.

Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlofs (THE STORY OF GOSTA BERLING) was born on this day in Marbacka, Sweden, 1858.

Writer Mendele Mokher Sefarim (FATHERS AND SONS), author of humorous works in both Hebrew and Yiddish, was born on this day in Kopyl, Russia, 1835.

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