Literary Birthdays – January 10 – 16

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January 10

 Fran Walsh Fran Walsh (b. 1959) – New Zealand screenwriter – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001); The Lovely Bones (2009)

Read about Fran Walsh here

Watch Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens talking about  The Hobbit:


January 11

Siti Nurhaliza (b. 1979) – Malaysian singer / songwriter  1siti-nurhaliza

Watch the music video of Bukan Cinta Biasa / No Ordinary Love, lyrics by Siti Nurhaliza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdPZIka13gU


January 12

Ferenc Molnar
Ferenc Molnár (originally Ferenc Neumann)  (b. 1878) – Hungarian novelist, playwright – The Play at the Castle

Read about Ferenc Molnar here

Read amusing anecdotes about Molnar

He observed Molnár taking off his slippers and placing them by his bed, the one facing the other, toe-to-toe. The visitor inquired the meaning of this ritual. “You see,” Molnár replied, “if you put them side by side, both staring straight ahead, they look like a married couple who have just had words. It depresses me. But see how friendly they look nose to nose! They cheer me up and I sleep better.”

http://bit.ly/56eKzg


January 13

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Flora Nwapa (Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa) (b. 1931) – Nigerian novelist, poet, publisher, activist – Efuru (1966)

Read the Authors Calendar biography of Flora Nwapa

https://web.archive.org/web/20140503104916/http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/nwapa.htm


January 14

 Emily_Hahn Emily Hahn (b. 1905) – U.S. journalist, adventure writer, feminist –

Read a biography of Emily Hahn here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Hahn

Read China To Me by Emily Hahn at Google Books

https://books.google.com/books?id=NSErAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Emily+Hahn&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi19bC52NjYAhXDm-AKHXttBnIQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=Emily%20Hahn&f=false

Read Emily Hahn’s New York Times obituary
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/19/arts/emily-hahn-chronicler-of-her-own-exploits-dies-at-92.html?pagewanted=1

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January 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1929) – U.S. civil rights activist, Christian minister mte5ntu2mze2mjgwndg5ndgz

… Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

Read the entire speech here

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/17/i-have-a-dream-speech-text_n_809993.html

Watch Dr. King deliver the speech on the steps of the
Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, 1963

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs


 

 

January 16

Robert W Service Robert W. Service (b.  1874) – Scottish-Canadian poet (the bard of the Yukon)

Visit the poet’s website

http://www.robertwservice.com/

Comfort

Say! You’ve struck a heap of trouble —
Bust in business, lost your wife;
No one cares a cent about you,
You don’t care a cent for life;
Hard luck has of hope bereft you,
Health is failing, wish you’d die —
Why, you’ve still the sunshine left you
And the big, blue sky.

Sky so blue it makes you wonder
If it’s heaven shining through;
Earth so smiling ‘way out yonder,
Sun so bright it dazzles you;
Birds a-singing, flowers a-flinging
All their fragrance on the breeze;
Dancing shadows, green, still meadows —
Don’t you mope, you’ve still got these.

These, and none can take them from you;
These, and none can weigh their worth.
What! you’re tired and broke and beaten? —
Why, you’re rich — you’ve got the earth!
Yes, if you’re a tramp in tatters,
While the blue sky bends above
You’ve got nearly all that matters —
You’ve got God, and God is love

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