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February 17 Paterson's "Waltzing Matilda" [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1864 A.B. ("Banjo") Paterson, the Australian bush poet who wrote "Waltzing Matilda," was born in New South Wales. The story of the creation of Australia's unofficial national anthem is an engaging one, a convergence of history, politics, biography, etymology and irony that begins with the 1894 Sheep-Shearers' Strike and unravels in all directions.
February 16 Gray, Hardy, Rusticity [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1751, Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" was published. Gray was a reclusive gentleman-poet and he did not write many poems, but this tribute to the humble life brought him immediate fame and the offer of the poet laureateship; it also became the most reprinted poem of the 18th century, one which Thomas Hardy would love and borrow from for his title, "Far From the Madding Crowd."
February 15 Henry Miller's "Gob of Spit" [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1986 the original manuscript of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer was auctioned for $165,000, setting a record price for a 20th century American literary manuscript. The record has been smashed repeatedly now, but the sale stands as a vindication of Miller's "gob of spit in the face of Art," and middle-class America.

March 26, 2017
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