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Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in…

"From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books." George Orwell, “Why I Write”

Herman Melville (born in New York City, 1819 –1891),was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. Works include: Moby-Dick.

Miles Davis, ca 1955. Photo: Tom Palumbo. Love how it looks like this photo could have been taken yesterday. Timeless

John Steinbeck - (1902 - 1968) Author - Known for "Of Mice and Men" 1937, "The Grapes of Wrath" 1939, "East of Eden" 1952 - "The Winter of Our Discontent" 1961 - Nobel Prize for Literature 1962 and a Pulitzer Prize Winner

Emily Fragos on Emily Dickinson’s Letters

"WHEN I hoped I feared/Since I hoped I dared..." ~emily d [The girl next to me in yoga last night had this tattooed on her ankle.]

James Joyce, Paris 1926 by Berenice Abbott-Moving on to Europe in the 1920s, Abbott worked from 1925 to 1929 as a photographic assistant to May Ray in Paris. Through her work printing Man Ray’s photographs, Abbott herself discovered her talent as a photographer. In 1926 Abbott had her first solo exhibition in the Parisian gallery, Le Sacre du Printemps. This exhibition featured Abbott’s portrait photography in which she captured personalities associated with avant-garde art movements.