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March 13 "Nook-Shotten Norwegians" [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1891, Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts premiered in London, an event so "controversial and epoch-making," says biographer Michael Meyer, that it is now regarded as "one of the most famous of theatrical occasions." Theater historians report that the furor made Ibsen "a household word even among those Englishmen who never went to the theatre or opened a book."
March 12 Carnegie, Libraries [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1901 Andrew Carnegie offered New York City $5.2 million for the construction of 65 branch libraries. Of the 56.5 million given by Carnegie for over 2500 libraries in a dozen countries, this was his largest single grant, part of a wider attempt to gainsay those who attacked his "Gospel of Wealth" and to live up to his famous dictum: "The man who dies thus rich, dies disgraced."
March 11 Finnegans Wake, Chop Suey [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1923, James Joyce wrote to his patron, Harriet Weaver, that he had just begun "Work in Progress," the book which would become Finnegans Wake sixteen years later. When Nora found out that her husband was "on another book again," she asked if, instead of "that chop suey you're writing," he might not try "sensible books that people can understand."

March 18, 2018
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