Mar. 26, 1997

The Investment

by Robert Frost


Today's Reading:"The Investment" by Robert Frost from THE POETRY OF ROBERT FROST, published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

The 32-year-old writer John Kennedy Toole committed suicide on this day in 1969. He had finished his first novel, A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES, and encouraged by an editor, spent two years revising it before becoming depressed and giving up. His mother helped get the novel published after his death and it became a bestseller, winning the 1981 Pulitzer Prize.

It was on this day in 1953 that Dr. Jonas Salk announced the development of a new polio vaccine.

Poet and novelist Erica Jong (FEAR OF FLYING; HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE) was born in New York City on this day in 1942.

It's the birthday of writer and American Indian activist Vine Deloria Jr., born in Martin, South Dakota, 1933.

US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court, was born on this day in El Paso, 1930.

Beat poet Gregory Corso, who robbed a finance office at the age of 16 and discovered and books and poetry while serving a three-year prison term, was born on this day in New York City, 1930.

Radio comedian Bob Elliot, of the comedy team Bob And Ray, was born on this day in Boston, 1923.

Folklorist and writer Joseph Campbell was born on this day in New York City, 1904.

Poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco on this day in 1874. Ten years later, after his father's death, his family returned to New England, where he spent most of his life.

It's the birthday of poet A. E. Houseman (A SHROPSHIRE LAD), born in Fockbury, England, 1859.

Writer Edward Bellamy, author of the best-selling utopian novel LOOKING BACKWARD, 2000-1887, was born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, 1850.

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