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Seamus Heaney Was Born on This Date

Irish poet Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939. Robert Lowell called Heaney “the most important Irish poet since Yeats.” You can read his poems here: http://www.poemhunter.com!seamus-heaney-3!

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Oscar’s Last Words

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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“I Am So Excited at Seeing You, Sir, that I Could Weep.”

On this date in 1928, Sylvia Beach, owner of Paris’s Shakespeare and Company bookstore, threw a dinner party for F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. Fitzgerald had been too awestruck to approach Joyce. Herbert Gorman, Joyce’s first biographer, was also … Continue reading

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William Butler Yeats Died on This Date

William Butler Yeats dies on this date in 1939. You can read his poetry here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-butler-yeats

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James Joyce’s “The Dead” and the Feast of Epiphany

James Joyce’s story “The Dead” takes place on this date, January 6, the Feast of Epiphany. “The Dead” is the last section of Joyce’s work The Dubliners. You can read it here: http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/english/micsun/IrishResources/dead.htm Or you can watch a clip of … Continue reading

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A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man Appears on This Date

James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is serialized in The Egoist on this date in 1914.

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Nothing to Declare Except His Genius

Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde born on this date in 1854. Wilde is known as much for his colorful personality as he is for his plays, which include The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and An Ideal … Continue reading

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William Butler Yeats Born on This Date

Irish Nobel Prize laureate William Butler Yeats born on this date in 1865. Yeats was the first Irishman to win a Nobel Prize. You can read his poetry here: http://www.poemhunter.com/william-butler-yeats/

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Dracula’s “Daddy” Died on This Date

Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, died on this date in 1912.

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Oscar Wilde’s Trial for Libel Begins on This Date

On this date in 1895, a trial of a libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins. The trial eventually results in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality, the “love that dare not speak its name.” Poet W. H. Auden wrote, … Continue reading

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