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Banning a Book Makes Me Desperate to Read It

Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio’s works were placed in the Vatican’s Index of Forbidden Books on this date in 1911. The Vatican considered books on this list to be either lascivious, heretical, or anti-clerical. Now where can we get a copy? … Continue reading

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Poet William Rose Benet Died on This Date

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Byron Swims the Hellespont

On this date in 1810, Lord Byron imitates Leander by swimming the Hellespont. Byron completed this feat in an hour and 10 minutes. He celebrates (eventually) by recording his accomplishment in his poem Don Juan: A better swimmer you could … Continue reading

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Torquato Tasso Died on This Date

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Robert Penn Warren Was Born on This Date

Penn Warren is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.

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Bow to the Birthday Boy–the Bard of Avon

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Octavio Paz Died on This Date

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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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Khalil Gibran Was Born on This Date

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The Times They Are A-Changing

On this date in 2008, musician Bob Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation and Award for “for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

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