Thought of the Day

"It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases." -Friedrich Schiller

Thought of the Day

“When our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are considered both different and inferior in the eyes of the God we worship, this belief tends to permeate society and everyone suffers.” ― Jimmy Carter

Book Review – THE HIGHER THE MONKEY CLIMBS by BRUCE GEDDES

Bruce Geddes's debut novel deftly deals with the dilemma of living in a chaotic present while also having to cope with the uncertainties of the past and the unpredictability of the future. The book has patches of dark humour but is also suffused with real pathos and recognition of human frailty. The narrator is Richard …

Thought of the Day

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is." --Horace Walpole

Today in Literary History – September 23, 1973 – Chilean poet Pablo Neruda dies

The Nobel prize-winning Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda died on September 23, 1973, just 12 days after the murder of his friend President Salvador Allende in a right wing coup. There have been persistent rumours that Neruda, a leftist, was poisoned on orders from the new Pinochet dictatorship. In 2013 Neruda's body was exhumed …

Today in Literary History – September 22,1693 – Lord Chesterfield is born

Philip Dormer Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield and a noted statesman, writer and wit, was born on September 22, 1693. Lord Chesterfield was known in his various governmental positions for his tact and unfailingly courteous manners. He was also famous for his oratorical skills and verbal wit. As a writer he is known for …

Today in Literary History – September 21, 1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is first published

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien's now classic children's fantasy novel, was first published on September 21, 1937. It is a quest-type novel and establishes the fictional world that Tolkien would flesh out in his later Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon literature at the time and had a strong interest in …

Today in Literary History – September 8, 1886 – poet Siegfried Sassoon is born

The World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon was born in Kent on September 8, 1886 to a Christian mother and a Jewish father. His father’s family, the Sasoons, who made their fortune mostly in India and were known as “the Rothschilds of the East,” disowned and dis-inhereted Sassoon’s father for his marriage outside the Jewish …

Today in Literary History – September 6, 1951 – the day William S. Burroughs shot and killed his wife

On September 6, 1951, William S. Burroughs, famous now for his hallucinatory novels such as Junkyand Naked Lunch, shot and killed his wife Joan Vollmer at a drunken house party in Mexico City, where they were living at the time. Stories about the shooting vary wildly but the tale that Burroughs and Joan were enacting a version …

Thought of the Day

"One mustn't close one's eyes to difficulty and to shortcomings; the more one recognizes them, the less they upset one." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Today in Literary History – September 4, 1986 – Belgian crime novelist Georges Simenon dies

Georges Simenon, the prolific Belgian detective novelist and creator of the immortal Inspector Maigret mysteries, died in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 4, 1989, at the age of 86. Over the course of his career Simenon wrote at least 400 books, 76 of them featuring his most famous creation, the pipe-smoking Inspector Jules Maigret of the …

Today in Literary History – September 3, 1592 – dramatist and pamphleteer Robert Greene dies

Robert Greene, the Elizabethan era dramatist, pamphleteer and the first person to mention Shakespeare in print (at least by allusion) died on September 3, 1592 at the age of 34. Much of Greene's life and death is known only by speculation. He does seem to have been a friendly rival of Shakespeare and seems, by …

Today in Literary History – September 1, 1875 – Tarzan of the Apes creator Edgar Rice Burroughs is born

Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan of the Apes and author of many other fantasy and science fiction novels, was born in Chicago on September 1, 1875. He enlisted in the army as a young man but was discharged because of a heart ailment. He then spent many years working at a series of …