A Guy Called Joe


Author Joseph Conrad born in the Ukraine this day in 1857; his birthplace was once part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Before he came to England, he had a career in the merchant navy; this is reflected in the strong nautical content of many of his works. His most famous works include The Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, and Nostromo.

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We’re Closing at Noon on Friday, Dec. 2


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Standing Room Only


On this date in 1867, Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in New York City. People stood in two lines almost a mile long waiting for tickets before the box office opened.

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“For There Is Nothing Lost, That May Be Found, If Sought” 


On this date in 1590, Edmund Spenser’s Fairie Queene was registered for publication with the Stationer’s Company.

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Oscar’s Last Words

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Oscar Wilde died in his Paris hotel on this date in 1900 after uttering one last witticism about the room’s wallpaper: “One of us had to go.”

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Top 10 Rules of Subject Verb Agreement


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Shakespeare “Bonds” with Hathaway


A bond to secure William Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway is placed on this date in 1582.

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Anderson Skips Town to Begin Again


On this date in 1912, Sherwood Anderson left his job, his wife, and his family to begin a new career as a writer.

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Alice Goes Underground


On this date in 1862, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll’s real name) sends the handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Underground to Alice Liddell.

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English Language Facts


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