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May 28 The Death of Anne Bronte
  On this day in 1849 Anne Bronte died of tuberculosis, the third death in eight months among the Bronte siblings. The standard view of Anne is that she had less talent than her sisters, and was cut from a plainer cloth: Charlotte was dominant and ambitious, Emily was odd and reclusive, Anne was meek and churchy. More recent biographers have challenged this group portrait.
May 27 Rachel Carson's Sense of Wonder
  On this day in 1907 Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Her homestead is now a museum and educational center, though it includes only one of the sixty-five acres upon which Carson learned the life-lesson that she would teach the world: "The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea, and sky, and their amazing life."
May 26 Edith Wharton and "Mrs. Manstey"
  On this day in 1891, Edith Wharton's first published story, "Mrs. Manstey's View," was accepted by Scribner's Magazine. Wharton's story did not come from the write-about-what-you-know school: she was twenty-nine, brought up in wealth and high society, recently married to a prominent banker, and as opposite to her elderly, destitute heroine as she was to being a struggling young writer.

May 28, 2017
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