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September 13 Montaigne's "Solitarium" [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1592 Michel de Montaigne died. His Essays introduced a new literary genre to European letters, and the tower retreat in which he wrote them -- his "solitarium" -- continues to be a popular stop for the literary traveler. Among the forty-eight quotations Montaigne had carved in its roof-beams is his, "I am Human, let nothing human be foreign to me."
September 12 Ondaatje, Sri Lanka, Family [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1943 Michael Ondaatje was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Ondaatje left Ceylon at the age of eleven, for England and then Canada. Much of his earliest work couldn't have been more Western in topic or setting Billy the Kid, jazz, Toronto -- but several of Ondaatje's books look homeward, one of them his 1982 Running in the Family.
September 11 Sons and Lovers, Mothers and Fathers [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1885 D. H. Lawrence was born in Eastwood, outside Nottingham, the fourth of five children. Lawrence's autobiographical novel, Sons and Lovers (1913) made famous the tortured conditions of his upbringing: his uneducated father's pit-and-pub life, his mother's contempt for this and her self-sacrifice to escape, Lawrence's own conflicted feelings about all of it.

September 21, 2017
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