Jun. 5, 1997

String in the Earth and Air

by James Joyce


Today's Reading:"Strings in the Earth and Air" by James Joyce from THE COLLECTED POEMS OF JAMES JOYCE, published by Viking Press.

It was on this day in 1968, in the early hours of the morning, that Senator Robert Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the Democratic California primary. He died the following day at the age of 42.

It's the birthday of novelist Ken Follett (EYE OF THE NEEDLE; THE KEY TO REBECCA; ON THE WINGS OF EAGLES; THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH), born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1949.

It was on this day in 1947 at a commencement address at Harvard, that Secretary of State George Marshall first mentioned his idea for the economic recovery of Europe, what would become known as the Marshall Plan.

It's the birthday of English playwright and director David Hare (SLAG; KNUCKLE; PLENTY; PRAVDA: A FLEET STREET COMEDY), born in St. Leonards, Sussex, in 1947.

English novelist Margaret Drabble (THE MILLSTONE; THE REALMS OF GOLD; THE MIDDLE GROUND), was born on this day in Sheffield in 1939.

It's the birthday of Irish novelist and poet Christy Brown, whose autobiography MY LEFT FOOT was made into a film after his death. He was born in Dublin on this day in 1932.

Poet and novelist David Wagoner (THE ESCAPE ARTIST) was born in Massillon, Ohio, in 1926.

Children's book author and illustrator Richard Scarry was born in Boston on this day in 1919.

It's the birthday of critic and editor Alfred Kazin (A WALKER IN THE CITY; NEW YORK JEW), born in Brooklyn on this day in 1915.

Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca was born in Fuente Vaqueros, Andalusia, in 1898. He died during the Spanish Civil War at the age of 37.

It's the birthday of English novelist Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett (MANSERVANT AND MAIDSERVANT), born in Pinner, Middlesex, in 1884.

English economist John Maynard Keynes, best known for his economic theory stating that the best way out of a recession is for the government to ensure full employment, was born in Cambridge on this day in 1883.

It's the birthday of economist Adam Smith (THE WEALTH OF NATIONS), in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, in 1723.

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