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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sylvia Plath: Rage and Laughter by April Bernard | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Tolstoy and his wife Sophia Tolstaya - September 23, 1910

“My name is Ernest Miller Hemingway. I was born on July 21, 1899. My favorite authors are Kipling, O. Henry and Steuart Edward White. My favorite flower is lady slipper and tiger lily. My favorite sports are trout fishing, hiking, shooting, football and boxing. My favorite studies are English, zoology and chemistry. I intend to travel and write.” — Ernest Hemingway, Age 9.

Leo Tolstoy telling a story to his grandchildren. 1909.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940

Today is the 200th anniversary of the publication of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. LA Times has this nifty timeline of the book's history.