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July 2011

Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick Born July 26 (The Day of the Symbolic Herald) The film director Stanley Kubrick had a long list of impressive films to his credit, probably of higher quality than any other American filmmaker. Just scanning the list of his works makes one aware of how magnificent his film achievement really was: – The [...]

T. Eakins & M. Parrish

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Thomas Eakins and Maxfield Parrish Born July 25 (The Day of Quixotic Exploits) Although Eakins (1844-1916) and Parrish (1870-1966) were of different generations, their lives shared a great deal in common. Both were born in Philadelphia, both attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where Eakins also taught), but most importantly both were staunchly [...]

Alexandre Dumas, Sr.

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Alexandre Dumas, Sr. Born July 24 (The Day of Exciting Instability) For those of us who grew up with a favorite adventure story in novel form, The Count of Monte Cristo has proved to be the tale of choice for many. Although the interrelationships between its many characters are highly complex, the basic story line [...]

Raymond Chandler

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Raymond Chandler Born July 23 (The Day of Uncertainty Resolvers) “The voice on the telephone seemed to be sharp and peremptory, but I didn’t hear too well what it said – partly because I was only half awake and partly because I was holding the receiver upside down. I fumbled it around and grunted. “ [...]

Oscar de la Renta

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Oscar de la Renta is born on July 22nd 1932 in the Dominican Republic’s vibrant capital city, Santo Domingo. His childhood spent in this tropical island, filled with color, flowers, and sunshine, has and continues to inspire his bright palette and beautiful designs. “My great strength is knowing who I am and where I come [...]

A. Calder & E. Hopper

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Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper Born July 22 (The Day of Occupational Fluctuation) Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper both made significant contributions to American art. Although they each explored several art disciplines, Calder was known primarily as a sculptor, who first created the hanging objects called mobiles, and Hopper as a painter. Both were born [...]

Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway Born July 21 (The Day of Tragicomic Controversy) It is hard to imagine a writer who lived his life to the fullest more than Ernest Hemingway. His fabulous real-life adventures read like a novel, perhaps one reason why the novels he penned himself were not always of comparable quality to the experiences that [...]

Carlos Santana

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Carlos Santana Born July 20 (The Day of Ups and Downs) Carlos Santana is typical of those born on the Cusp of Oscillation (July 19-25) and on the Day of Ups and Downs. As one of the best known and most talented rock-jazz fusion guitarists he has had his share of fame but also has [...]

Etienne Decroux

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Etienne Decroux Born July 19 (The Day of Controlled Movement) The master of mime, Etienne Decroux, was the teacher of all the major mimetic artists of the 20th century, including Marcel Marceau and the actor Jean-Louis Barrault whom he coached to play the role of the mime Baptiste in the film Les Enfants du Paradis [...]

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko Born July 18 (The Day of Conviction) The controversial Russian poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, has aroused a storm of controversy in his life. International in scope, he came out in support of other poets who in return supported him when attacked. Yevtushenko also emerged as a filmmaker-actor and for some years now has spent [...]

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