LIT BITS V3 #34
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 100 16:29:15 -0800
Subject: LIT BITS V3 #34
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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #34
Today is Thursday, 3 February 2000; on this day,
126 years ago (1874),
Gertrude Stein , writer and mentor to the Lost Generation of writers
in Paris after World War I, is born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She
will boast: "I have been the creative literary mind of the century,"
although Clifton Fadiman will deliver a more circumspect judgment: "A
past master in making nothing happen very slowly."
125 years ago (1875),
In Amsterdam, Dutch prose writer and poet, Everhardus Johannes
Potgieter, dies. His later work includes many subtle and often humorous
sketches such as _Onder weg in den regen_ (1864, "On the Way in the
113 years ago (1887),
Georg Trakl, Expressionist poet whose personal and wartime torments
will make him Austria's foremost elegist of decay and death, is born
93 years ago (1907),
James A. Michener is born in New York City. His _Tales of the South
Pacific_ will win the Pulitzer Prize in 1947.
84 years ago (1916),
Opening of Hugo Ball's Cabaret (Cafe) Voltaire, in Zurich,
Switzerland, a meeting place for artists of the newly forming Dada
movement (and you thought it was just another music group [Dave's
note]). The most widely accepted account of the naming of the movement,
which flourished until about 1920, is an incident at the cabaret when
a paper knife inserted into a French-German dictionary pointed to the
word _dada_, a child's word for a horse, and the members seized upon
it for their anti-aesthetic creations and protest activities, which
in turn had been engendered by disgust for bourgeois values and despair
over World War I.
69 years ago (1931),
The Arkansas state legislature passes a motion to pray for the soul
of H. L. Mencken after he calls the state the apex of moronia.
© 2000 Peter Langston