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January 30, 2015

Literary Landmarks: Coleridge Cottage

TColeridge Cottage This 17th-century cottage in Nether Stowey, Somerset was home to Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge during his most frutiful three years from 1797. It was during this time he wrote his finest works, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, Cristabel and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison. Here also is where he collaborated with William Wordsworth to produce Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems a collection of poems published in 1798 & considered the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature

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On This Day:
  • After the "War of 1812" fire destroyed the Library of Congress, President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson's library of 6,487 volumes, 1815
  • Omoo: a Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville, is published on this day, 1847
  • Yerba Buena is renamed "Town of San Francisco" as published in newspaper California Star, 1847
  • The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom by anti-slavery playwright, William Wells Brown, is published, 1858; it is the first published play by an African American writer
  • Gerald "Gerry" Malcolm Durrell, founder of the Jersey Zoological Park (now Durrell Wildlife Park), the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (now Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) and author (Mockery Bird, My Family and Other Animals, The Donkey Rustlers), dies at age 70, 1995
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831), American printer, publisher, historian (The History of Printing in America) and founder of American Antiquarian Society
  • James Bernard Harkin (1875-1955), Canadian wildlife conservationist who promoted wilderness parks and Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1917
  • Anton (Hansen) Tammsaare (1878-1940), Estonian writer, (The Misadventures of the New Satan)
  • Angela Margaret Thirkell (1890-1961), British author, (Three Houses, Ankle Deep, 0 These Men, These Men!)
  • Richard Brautigan (1935-1984), American beat generation poet, (Trout Fishing in America, In Watermelon Sugar)
  • Gary Trudeau (b.1984), American cartoonist, (Doonesbury)
  • Browse our stock in Rare Books, Wilderness Areas, Eastern European Lit, books by Angela Thirkell, books by Richard Brautigan, books by Gary Trudeau, or search your favorite topic Here.

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