Literary Birthdays – Week of June 13 – 19, 2010

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June 13

William Butler Yeats (b. 1865) – Irish poet, playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature (1923) – The Tower (1928)

Read the Authors Calendar biography
of William Butler Yeats

https://web.archive.org/web/20050225100505/http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/wbyeats.htm

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June 14

Ernesto Che Guevara (b. 1928) – Argentinian physician, author, revolutionary activist – The Motorcycle Diaries
Che Guevara photo

Read about Che Guevara here

Read excerpts from Che Guevara’s writings in Joseph Hart’s

Che: the life, death, and afterlife of a revolutionary

Listen to an interview with history professor Paul J. Dosal about Che Guevara’s failures in the Congo and Bolivia

Comandante Che: 40 Years Later

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June 15

Ibn-e-Insha (ابن انشاء) (b. 1927) – Pakistani poet

Read the Wikipedia article about Ibn-e-Insha

Read more about Ibn-e-Insha here

Read one of Ibn-e-Insha’s poems translated into English:

O virgin sunray
You said you would come
piercing the darkness
of this blind night
bringing the dawn.

I sat through the night, waiting
As the dew spread in a sheet
and the moon gave a glimpse
the stars shone in the sky
fireflies danced in the forest….

http://hamidcauldron.blogspot.com/2009/05/translation-of-ibne-inshas-nazm.html

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June 16

Lamont Dozier (b. 1941) – U.S. songwriter – The Legendary Soul Master: Black Bach / Out Here On My Own
 Lamont Dozier

Read the Wikipedia biography of Lamont Dozier

Read the Songwriters Hall of Fame biography of Lamont Dozier

http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C157

Visit the Lamont Dozier website

Watch Lamont Dozier talk about how
“Stop in the Name of Love” was written

Lamont Dozier 2

http://wwf.wgbh.org/includes/playerPop.cfm?featureid=14524

Vocal track (no music) the Supremes singing ‘Stop in the Name of Love’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7t_l2rws-8

Listen to Dozier sing his song “Trying to Hold on to My Woman”

Listen to The Supremes sing the Holland-Dozier song “You Can’t Hurry Love”

Watch Phil Collins perform “You Can’t Hurry Love” / “Two Hearts”
(written by Collins and Dozier)


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June 17

Jeph Jacques Jeph Jacques (b. 1980) – U.S. comic strip artist – Questionable Content

Read about Jeph Jacques here and here

Visit the Questionable Content website

http://questionablecontent.net/

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June 18

Sammy Cahn (Samuel Cohen) (b. June 18, 1913) – U.S. songwriter/lyricist – “High Hopes”

Read the L.A. Times bio for Sammy Cahn

Watch Frank Sinatra and Eddie Hodges sing “High Hopes”
in the 1959 film
A Hole in the Head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWR3IkfHdLE

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June 19

Pauline Kael (b. 1919) – U.S. film critic – I Lost It at the Movies (1965)

Read the Wikipedia article about Pauline Kael


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