Literary Birthdays: Week of December 7 – 13

December 7

Willa Cather (b. 1875) – U.S. Short story writer, novelist, poet – Death Comes for the Archbishop

First verse of  Cather’s  poem “Grandmother, think not I forget”

Grandm0ther, think not I forget,
when I come back to town,
An’ wander the old ways again,
an’ tread them up and down.
I never smell the clover bloom,
nor see the swallows pass,
Without I mind how good ye were
unto a little lass.
I never hear the winter rain
a-pelting all night through,
Without I think and mind me of
how cold it falls on you.
And if I come not often
to your bed beneath the thyme,
Mayhap ’tis that I’d change wi’ ye,
and gie my bed for thine,
Would like to sleep in thine.

December 8

Jim Morrison (b. 1943) – U.S. Singer, songwriter, poet – “End of the Night”

Excerpt of song “End of the Night”
Take the highway to the
end of the night
End of the night
End of the night
Take a journey to
the bright midnight
End of the night
End of the night
Realms of bliss
Realms of light
Some are born to sweet delight
Some are born to sweet delight
Some are born to the endless night

December 9

Joel Chandler Harris [b. 1848] – U.S. journalist, short story writer – Uncle Remus

December 10

Emily Dickinson (b. 1830) – U.S. poet – “If I can stop one heart from breaking”

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

December 11

Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (b. 1892) – U.S. children’s mystery series contributor (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys) – The Ringmaster’s Secret (Nancy Drew series)

December 12
Gustave Flaubert (b. 1821) – French novelist – Madame Bovary

December 13
Heinrich Heine (b. 1797) – German romantic poet – “Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam”

A lonely pine is standing
In the North where high winds blow.
He sleeps; and the whitest blanket
wraps him in ice and snow.
He dreams—
dreams of a palm-tree
that far in an Orient land
Languishes, lonely and drooping,
Upon the burning sand.

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