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Happy Birthday Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was born October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. She published her first poem eight years later; by the time she entered college, she’d written over 50 short stories. In the thirty years that made up her life, she won awards and scholarships for her writing; she was the first to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry after death.

So in honor of the day, an interview with the birthday girl (1962) . . .

Happy Birthday dear Ag-a-tha!

Today is Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie’s birthday. We, of course, know her simply as Agatha Christie.

In honor of the occasion, let’s pour ourselves a cup of tea, nibble a few Fig and Orange Scones (with fresh Devonshire cream, naturally), and learn a bit more about the woman behind the characters and stories we know so well.

ITV’s Perspectives “The Mystery of Agatha Christie” is a fabulous place to start.

The Old Man and the Sea

The September 1, 1952 edition of Life magazine featured a story by Earnest Hemingway titled The Old Man and the Sea.  It featured black and white illustrations by Charles Tunnifcliffe and Raymond Sheppard–and sold five million copies in two days.

It’s the story of poor old Santiago, a down-on-his-luck fisherman who’s gone eighty-four days without catching a single fish. He remains undeterred, however–and sets out alone in search of the catch of his life. It’s the story of determination, friendship, and persistence.

The novel received the Pulitzer Prize the following year (May, 1953) and catapulted Hemingway to international success. A fitting end to the work published in his lifetime.

In 1999, Aleksandr Petrov wrote and directed a short oil-on-glass animation based on Hemingway’s tale. It went on to win 13 awards–including an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Animation. You can watch Petrov’s take on The Old Man and the Sea, here.

Destination Moon

It was July 7, 1907 that a baby boy was born to Rex Ivar and Bam Lyle Heinlein, in Butler, Missouri. They would name him Robert Anson—Robert Anson Heinlein.

He would grow up to become the ” dean of science fiction writers”–one of “the big three” (alongside Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke). He brought a literary flavor to science fiction; he became one of the first science fiction authors to be published in The Saturday Evening Post. He co-wrote a movie script (Destination Moon), creating many of the special effects, which went on to win an Academy award. All in all he published 32 novels, 59 short stories, and 16 short story collections. He influenced countless others.

Of course, the fellow also happened to be an Agnostic–he was no fan of organized religion. He believed in free love. Many of the themes in his work were quite controversial.

Loved by all, he was not.

Nonetheless, he sparked debate, as he sparked imagination. He introduced us to new worlds.

With that, here’s the first part of a ‘sneak peek’ of the film Destination Moon. It originally aired on KTLA sometime around 1949, it also includes an interview with Heinlein, himself. Seems a good way to celebrate his birthday, non?

Charlotte Bronte

“I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.” – Charlotte Brontë

April 21 marks the birth date of Charlotte Brontë, born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1816.

While she penned several novels in her short lifetime, she is, of course, known most of all for Jane Eyre.

So, in honor of the birthday girl, here’s a peek at her story–and that of her sisters, Emily and Anne:

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