May 28, 1997

The Light of Other Days

by Thomas Moore


Today's Reading: "The Light of Other Days" by Thomas Moore (1779-1852).

The National Spelling Bee Finals take place today and tomorrow in Washington, D.C.

It's the birthday today of Irish novelist and short-story writer Maeve Binchy (CIRCLE OF FRIENDS; THE COPPER BEACH; EVENING CLASS), born in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, 1940.

Poet, novelist and short-story writer Fred Chappell was born on this day in Canton, North Carolina, 1936.

It's the birthday of novelist and biographer Stephen Birmingham (OUR CROWD: THE GREAT JEWISH FAMILIES OF NEW YORK), born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1932.

It's the birthday in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1916 of writer Walker Percy (THE MOVIEGOER; LOVE IN THE RUINS; LANCELOT; THE THANATOS SYNDROME).

Poet May Swenson, the daughter of Swedish Mormons, was born on this day in Logan, Utah, in 1919.

Radio humorist Herb Shriner was born in Toledo, Ohio, on this day in 1918.

It's the birthday of Australian writer Patrick White (THE TREE OF MAN; THE SOLID MANDALA; THE EYE OF THE STORM), born in London on this day in 1912.

Pioneering blues guitarist and singer T-Bone Walker was born on this day in Linden, Texas, in 1910.

It's the birthday of the writer who created secret agent 007---James Bond, British author Ian Fleming, born in London, in 1908.

Naturalist and educator Jean Agassiz, for whom the extinct glacial lake that once covered parts of the upper Midwest and Canada is named, was born on this day in Motier-en-Vully, Switzerland, 1807.

It's the birthday of Irish poet Thomas Moore, born in Dublin on this day in 1779.

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