Jul. 17, 1997

Quies, or Rest

by Allen Grossman


Today's Reading:"Quies, or Rest" by Allen Grossman from THE BRIGHT NAILS SCATTERED ON THE GROUND, published by New Directions (1986).

Sinclair Lewis Days begin today in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the author's hometown.

It's the birthday of composer Peter Schickele, creator of P.D.Q. Bach, born in Ames, Iowa, in 1935.

Hungarian poet Laszlo Nagy was born on this day in Felsoiszkaz, Hungary, in 1925.

Novelist and short-story writer James Purdy (DON'T CALL ME BY MY RIGHT NAME AND OTHER STORIES; CABOT WRIGHT BEGINS), was born on this day in Ohio, in 1923.

English poet and literary critic Donald Davie was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, in 1922.

It's the birthday of actor James Cagney (YANKEE DOODLE DANDY; MISTER ROBERTS), born in New York City on this day in 1899.

It's the birthday of photographer Bernice Abbott, born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1898.

Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaitre, who maintained that the universe originated with a gigantic explosion of what he called a small super-atom, was born on this day in Charleroi, Belgium, in 1894.

Novelist and attorney Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of detective Perry Mason, was born on this day in Malden, Massachusetts, in 1899.

Israeli novelist and short-story writer, S. Y. Agnon (A GUEST FOR THE NIGHT; THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY; A DWELLING PLACE FOR MY PEOPLE) was born in Buchach, Ukraine, on this day in 1888.

It's the birthday of English minister and hymn writer Isaac Watts ("When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"), born in Southampton, in 1674.

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