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April 30 Richard Lovelace, "Stone Walls"
  On this day in 1642, courtier, soldier, and gentleman-poet Richard Lovelace presented the Kentish Petition to Parliament, and was promptly imprisoned for it. His confinement produced "To Althea, From Prison"; this has become one of the most anthologized of 17th century poems, known especially for the poster-famous lines in the last stanza....
April 29 Hitchcock, De Quincey, Murder
  On this day in 1980 Alfred Hitchcock died. Hitchcock borrowed from a long list of 20th century novelists, but in one of his last public appearances he showed a wider range by borrowing from Thomas de Quincey's 1827 essay, "On Considering Murder as One of the Fine Arts." He then bid the gala crowd farewell: "They tell me that murder is committed every minute, so I don't want to waste any more of your time. I know you want to get to work. Thank You."
April 28 Harper Lee at Home
  On this day in 1926 Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama. After the immediate and overwhelming success of To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), and despite forecasting more, Lee is known to have published only three short magazine articles subsequently, all in the 60s, and she rarely broke the silence and anonymity into which she quickly retreated.

April 30, 2017
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