Nov. 9, 1997

I Remember

by Anne Sexton


Today's Reading: "I Remember" by Anne Sexton from THE COMPLETE POEMSOF ANNE SEXTON, published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

The Berlin Wall was opened on this day in 1898, after dividing the German capital for 28 years.

It's the anniversary of Kristallnacht in 1938 when Nazis destroyed thousands of Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues throughout Germany.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1928.

Photographer Robert Frank was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1924.

Poet, novelist, and playwright James Schuyler ("The Morning of the Poem") was born in Chicago in 1923.

Actor and comedian Ed Wynn, often billed as "The Perfect Fool," was born in Philadelphia in 1886.

Architect Stanford White, whose major designs include Madison Square Garden and Washington Arch, was born in New York City in 1853.

Russian author Ivan Turgenev, best known for his novel FATHERS AND SONS and the play A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, was born in Orel, Russia, in 1818.

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