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September 24, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Maison de Victor Hugo

Victor Hugh Home In Paris, Victor Hugo fans can get a Les Mis-fix by visiting the Maison de Victor Hugo, where the author lived from 1832 to 1848. The museum is free, and it's located in the Place des Vosges, one of the most beautiful squares in all of Paris. The apartment is now arranged to take you through Hugo's life and evoking his writings through furniture, objects and art works that belonged to him or were created by him. Don't leave without paying a visit to the Chinese art and artifacts in the Salon Chinois. Hugo designed the room for his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

For more information click here: Victor Hugo's Paris Home, or click here for books by Victor Hugo and here for French Literature.

On This Day:
  • Corante, or newes from Italy, Germany, Hungarie, Spaine, and France, London's first newspaper, begins publication, 1621
  • James Henry Fleming becomes the first person in Canada to band a bird (band address: "Notify The Auk. N.Y."), an American Robin at his home in Toronto, Ontario, 1905
  • Martinus Nijhoff, founder of Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (MNP), dies, 1894
  • First baseball team, "The Knickerbockers", is organized, 1845
  • Theodor Geisel ('Dr. Seuss'), ever-popular American children's author, dies in 1991
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576), Italian Renaissance physician and mathematician
  • Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British writer and forerunner of the Gothic revival
  • Georges Clause (1870-1960), French chemist and inventor of the neon light
  • William Evans Burton (1804-1860), English actor, editor, playwright, theatre manager, and book collector (over 500,000 volumes in his personal library, especially rich in Shakespeareana)
  • Samuel Rutherford Crockett (1860 - 1914), Scottish novelist
  • Edward Franklin Frazier (1894-1962), American educator, sociologist, and author (Black Bourgeoisie, The Negro Family in the United States)
  • Ian Serraillier (1912-1994), British teacher, novelist and poet
  • Jim Henson (1936-1990), American Muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show)
  • David (Allen) Drake (b. 1945), American science fiction author (Cross the Stars, Rolling Hot)
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