Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How is your day going? Are you reading any good books currently?

Some of the writers born on this day include:

Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter (1634), Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon (1675), Vittorio Alfieri (1749), Robert W. Service (1874), Zhou Zuoren (1885), Osip Brik (1888), Nat Schachener (1895), Carlos Pellicer (1897), Nel Benschop (1918), Stirling Silliphant (1918), Anthony Hecht (1923), William Kennedy (1928), Norman Podhoretz (1930), Susan Sontag (1933), Jô Soares (1938), Magdalen Nabb (1947), Brian Castro (1950), and Garth Ennis (1970).

In the mood for a hamburger? Today would have been Carl Karcher’s 96th birthday if he had not passed away in 2008. He founded the Carl’s Jr. fast food chain.

On this date in 1492 the first grammar of the Spanish language was presented to Queen Isabella I. And then in 1605 on this date the first edition of El igenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain.

On this date in 1786 Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom. It was authored by Thomas Jefferson

On January 16, 2009 the British barrister, dramatist, screenwriter and author John Mortimer passed away at the age of 85. Mortimer is best known for his comic-drama series Rumpole of the Bailey and for his textual adaptation of the popular miniseries Brideshead Revisited. Both of these have been featured on American public television. He authored many literary works including an autobiography and a full-length play.  He drew heavily upon his legal experience for material in his creative writing.

lively art of writing

Today we are highlighting the book The Lively Art of Writing (Mentor Series) by Lucile Vaughan Payne. We have new copies of this mass market paperback in our Amazon Store for $5.99. This is a useful book on writing fundamentals.


Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.


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