Percy + Mary = Elopement & Scandal

Mary Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Harriet Shelley from Avenging Angel in The New YorkerOn this date in 1814, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley eloped with Mary Godwin. Unfortunately, the poet was already married to Harriet Westbrook, who was pregnant with the couple’s son.

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What Does Subjunctive Mean?

I Wish I Were

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I, Claudius Author Born on This Date

I, ClaudiusRobert Graves, author of I, Claudius, was born on this date in 1895. The book was the basis for the popular BBC drama of the same name, which starred Sir Derek Jacobi in the title role.

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What Would You Do for the Klondike?

Jack LondonBitten by gold fever, author Jack London climbed aboard the steam Umatilla and headed for the Klondike on this date in 1897.

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“Nobody Has Read Everything of Dumas”

Alexander Dumas pèreOn this date in 1802, Alexandre Dumas, père, was born. The author of The Three Musketeers and The Counte of Monte Cristo often used ghost writers for his formula novels, which caused Dumas to claim, “Nobody has read everything of Dumas, not even Dumas himself.”

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Phillip Marlowe Creator Born on This Date

Raymond ChandlerRaymond Chandler was born on this date in 1880. He created the famous fictional detective, Phillip Marlowe, was featured in many of Chandler’s novels, including 1939’s The Big Sleep, which was made into a film starring Humphrey Bogart.

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The Bard of Avon Registers His “Pound of Flesh”

The Merchant of VeniceOn this date in 1598, William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice was entered on the Stationers’ Register.

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Idioms about Summer

Idioms about Summer

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Eagle Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp, August 3-5

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Working on a thesis or dissertation? Sign up for the Eagle Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp, sponsored by the Toulouse Graduate School.

The Eagle Thesis & Dissertation Boot Camp is designed to provide an environment and support for intense, focused writing time, as well as structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation-writing process. It is an interruption-free, stress-free, no-excuses-just-do-it writing time for Master’s and Ph.D. students.

This is a three day program that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. You are expected to attend the entire time. From 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. you are able to stay and have optional additional writing time and/or individual consulting. The dates for this camp are Wednesday, August 3 to Friday, August 5.

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Maugham Is Mum on Writing “Rules”

Somerset Maugham

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