Nov. 18, 1997

The Harlem Dancer

by Claude McKay


Today's Reading: "The Harlem Dancer" by Claude McKay from HARLEM SHADOWS, published by Harcourt Brace & Company.

Canadian writer and poet Margaret Atwood, author of THE EDIBLE WOMAN (1969), THE HANDMAID'S TALE (1985), and ALIAS GRACE (1996), was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1939.

Mickey Mouse made his film debut in 1928 in the movie STEAMBOAT WILLIE, the first animated-cartoon talking picture.

Songwriter Johnny Mercer, a prolific collaborator with many composers of the day including Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, and Henry Mancini, was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1909.

Conductor Eugene Ormandy, who conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra for 44 years, was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1899.

American writer Clarence Day, best known for his autobiographical book LIFE WITH FATHER (1935), was born in New York City in 1874.

Mark Twain's first story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," was published on this day in 1865 in the NEW YORK SATURDAY PRESS.

English playwright and humorist William S. Gilbert, of Gilbert & Sullivan, was born in London in 1836. Who said of life, "I feel like a lion in a den of Daniels."

Botanist Asa Gray (GRAY'S MANUAL) was born in Sauquoit, New York, in 1810.

French painter, physicist, and photography pioneer Louis Jacques Daguerre was born near Paris in 1789.

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