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Nathaniel Hawthorne

nathaniel hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne Born July 4 (The Day of the Group Representative) Born on America’s national holiday, The Day of the Group Representative, the short story writer and novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne was typical in many ways of the 19th century Romantic American authors that included Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Poe, Twain, Walt Whitman and Stephen Crane.  In [...]

Hermann Hesse


Born July 2 (The Day of the Disconnected Unconscious) When Herman Hesse died in 1962 he could not have realized how important his books would become for a whole generation of young  people growing up only a few years later. In some ways the true prophet of the 1960’s and the revolutionary spirit of the [...]

Oriana Fallaci


Born June 29 (The Day of Airborne Dreamers) Mainly a journalist, Oriana Fallaci achieved her greatest fame through books that were not primarily literary documents. A Man, her best-known work, is really a memoir written about the Greek political activist Alexandros Panagoulis. Her other important books, such as The Rage and the Pride were newspaper [...]

Pearl Buck

pearl buck

June 26 (The Day of Stamina) With the opening of China to the world in modern times, and the intense interest in the emerging power of that country on the world stage, it is natural to look back and rediscover the writings of those who first helped the West come to an understanding of the [...]

Alfred Kinsey


Born June 23 (The Day of Interpersonal Enchantment) Before Kinsey published his two important books, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953) the subject of sex was largely taboo. Although not a creative artist, Kinsey is included here because of his tremendous influence on cultural values and [...]

Dan Brown

dan brown

Born June 22 (The Day of Romantic Exaltation) One of the bestselling authors of all time, total sales of Brown’s books probably push up daily toward 100 million.  What is the reason for this phenomenal commercial success of books dealing with esoteric and arcane material? In his books The Da Vinci Code and Angels and [...]

Jean-Paul Sartre

Born June 21 (The Day of Worldly Rapture) Probably the dominant French intellectual of the 20th century, Sartre was not an ivory tower philosopher but one who brought his philosophy to the people and took his stand on political issues. It is impossible to imagine that century without him (he was born in 1905 and [...]

Salman Rushdie


Born June 19 (The Day of The Spark) In this case the spark that Rushdie generated with his controversial, some would say inflammatory novel, The Satanic Verses, almost succeeded in physically blowing him up. A book bomb which was to be mailed to him did however manage to destroy the bomb maker along with two [...]

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