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Lawrence DURRELL
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February 27, 2015

Literary Landmarks: Langston Hughes House

TheMount The Langston Hughes House is significant as home of James Langston Hughes (1902-1967), author, poet and one of the foremost figures in the Harlem Renaissance. This house on East 127th Street in Harlem is where the American poet Langston Hughes lived for the last 20 years of his life. It is the only residence he occupied for any significant length of time and is the most tangible symbol of his association with Harlem, so vital to his literary career. Although frequently away, he always returned to Harlem. His poetry and prose are dominated by images of Harlem. Nicknamed the “Poet-Laureate of Harlem” Hughes depicts Harlem best in his most notable volume of verse, Montage of a Dream Deferred (1951)

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On This Day:
  • Dominican Republic National Holiday (Independence Day)
  • First stamped newspaper wrapper (1˘ Franklin star die) is introduced, 1861; the use of manila paper for the wrapper is also introduced
  • People magazine is published for the first time with actress Mia Farrow on the cover, 1974
  • John Dickson Carr (also used pen names: Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn), American author of detective stories and master of the "locked room mystery" (Burning Court, The Hollow Man, The Lost Gallows), dies at age 70, 1977
  • Chaos erupts after the Swedish Public Employment Service accidentally sends an email invitation to 61,000 jobseekers to a recruitment event in Stockholm, 2014
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American poet (Courtship of Miles Standish, The Song of Hiawatha, Evangeline, Paul Revere's Ride)
  • Peter de Vries (1910-1993), comic novelist, known for his satiric writing (Tunnel of Love, Comfort Me With Apples, Sauce for the Goose)
  • Samuel Dash (1925-2004), Washington lawyer, chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings which resulted in the impeachment of Richard Nixon.
  • Yuli Borisovich Khariton (1904-1996), Russian nuclear physicist, oversaw development of the first Soviet atomic bomb
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