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January 12 Jack London, Born and Born Again [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1876 Jack London was born, and on this day in 1893, his seventeenth birthday, London signed on for an eight-month stint aboard a sealing schooner heading to the Far East. The voyage became the basis of The Sea Wolf and, said London twenty-five years later, saved him from the boozing-brawling-thieving life to which he was already addicted -- one which "made toward death too quickly to suit my youth and vitality."
January 11 Paton's Beloved Country [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1903 novelist and reformer Alan Paton was born in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. At Paton's death in 1988, Nelson Mandela said that his first and most famous novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, was "a monument to the future"; a decade later Paton's widow would leave for England, glad that her husband was not there "to see what has happened to his beloved country."
January 10 Browning, Barrett, Love [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1845 Robert Browning wrote his first letter to Elizabeth Barrett, so inciting one of the most legendary of literary love stories. The letter belongs to the 'fan mail' category -- the praise of a thirty-two-year-old up-and-comer for one just six years older and already internationally famous -- but it was more than just poet-to-poet: "...I do, as I say, love these books with all my heart -- and I love you too."

March 18, 2018
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