Sep. 9, 1997

Woman Living Alone

by Kelly Cherry


Today's Reading: "Woman Living Alone" by Kelly Cherry from GOD'S LOUD HAND, published by Louisiana State University Press (1993).

It's the birthday of poet Sonia Sanchez in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1934.

Jazz drummer Elvin Jones, the younger brother of pianist Hank Jones and trumpeter Thad Jones, was born in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1927.

In 1910 writer Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas began living together, remaining lifelong companions and opening a Paris salon where writers and artists gathered including Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, and Matisse.

English novelist James Hilton (GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS; LOST HORIZON), who coined the term Shangri-La, was born in Lancashire, in 1900.

Songwriter Howard Dietz, who came up with MGM's trademark roaring lion, was born in New York City in 1896.

Former Kansas governor Alf Landon was born in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, in 1887.

Leo Tolstoy (WAR AND PEACE; ANNA KARENINA) was born in Yasnay Polyana, his family's estate in Tula province, Russia, in 1828.

William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy who became King of England after beating Harold at the Battle of Hastings, died in 1087 in Rouen while conducting a war in France, which began when the French king made fun of him for being fat.

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