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February 11, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Du Bois Homesite

DuBois W.E.B. Du Bois, who lived in a now demolished house on this site during his boyhood, was a voice that inspired African Americans to believe in themselves and to fight for justice. Du Bois felt a special bond to the Great Barrington property, which had been in his family for more than 200 years. The property was given to Du Bois as a 60th birthday gift in 1928. In the “House of the Black Burghardts” (1928) Du Bois recalled his family’s ancestral home upon the Egremont Plain. First purchased by his maternal great grandfather, Jackson Burghardt in 1795, the site remained within Du Bois’ family for six generations. The homesite and the immediate land surrounding it was a veritable community of intergenerational, free, land owning African Americans.

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On This Day:
  • Oscar Wilde's one act play, the tragedy Salomé, premieres in Paris at the Comédie-Parisienne while Wilde was in prison, 1896
  • The title of the comic book Archie Comics is changed to simply Archie, with issue #114, on this day, 1942
  • Sylvia Plath, American poet, novelist, and short-story writer (Ariel, The Bell Jar, The Colossus and Other Poems), dies at age 30, 1963
  • Julia Child's show, The French Chef, one of the first cooking shows on American television, premieres, 1963
  • Harry Martinson, Swedish author, poet and Nobel Prize Laureate (Nässlorna blomma / Flowering Nettles, Vägen ut / The Way Out, Vägen till Klockrike / The Road), dies at age 74, 1978
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Auguste-Edouard Mariette (1821-1881), French archaeologist and Egyptologist, founder of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), American businessman and inventor (incandescent electric light bulb, motion pictures, electric vote-recording machine)
  • Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs (1908-1999), British geologist and explorer
  • Paul Bocuse (b. 1926), prominent French chef, closely associated with move to Nouvelle Cuisine
  • Jane Yolen (b. 1939), prolific American author and editor of fantasy, science fiction, and children's books
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