Dec. 11, 1997


by William Matthews


Today's Reading: "Familial" by William Matthews from SELECTED POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS, published by Houghton Miflin.

Novelist and screenwriter Tom McGuane, author of THE SPORTING CLUB, and THE BUSHWACKED PIANO, was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1939.

Novelist and poet Jim Harrison, best known for his novel LEGENDS OF THE FALL, was born in Grayling, Michigan in 1937.

Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne on this day in 1936 so he could marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.

Short-story writer Grace Paley was born in the Bronx on this day in 1922.

Novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author of ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH, was born in Kislovodsk, Russia in 1918.

Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize and best known for his Cairo Trilogy, was born in Cairo in 19l1.

The first performance in a theater lit by incandescent electric lights took place in 1882 at Boston's Bijou Theatre with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's IOLANTHE.

Physician Robert Koch, who discovered the agents that cause anthrax, tuberculosis and cholera, was born in Clausthal, Germany, in 1843.

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