Feb. 4, 1997

White Fields

by James Stephens


Today's Reading:"White Fields" by James Stephens from COLLECTED POEMS, published by MacMillan (1954).

Novelist and short-writer Robert Coover (THE UNIVERSAL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION, INC., J. HENRY WAUGH, PROP.) was born in Charles City, Iowa, 1932.

Artist and writer Russell Hoban (WHAT DOES IT DO AND HOW DOES IT WORK?; BEDTIME FOR FRANCES; THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD) was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 1925.

Writer and feminist Betty Friedan (THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE) was born in Peoria, Illinois, 1921. She founded the National Organization for Women in 1966.

The astronomer who discovered the planet Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh, was born on this day in Steator, Illinois, 1906.

German Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who worked with the resistance during World War II, was born in Breslau, Prussia, 1906. He was executed after being linked to an assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944.

It's the birthday of pioneering aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, born in Detroit in 1902, and raised in Little Falls, Minnesota.

French poet and screenwriter Jacques Prevert (screenplays: THE VISITORS OF THE EVENING; THE CHILDREN OF PARADISE) was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine on this day in 1900.

It's the birthday of painter Fernand Leger, born in Argentan, France, 1881.

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