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January 9, 2013

Marco Polo in Xanadu and New York

Marco Polo

Marco Polo

On this day in 1324 Marco Polo died in Venice. The Travels of Marco Polo, dictated by Polo several years after his return from decades in the land of Kublai Khan, became an influential book in Renaissance Europe — though some publishers were so dubious of the hyperbole that they titled the book, “The Million Lies.” The path to Xanadu led to New York via Eugene O’Neill: his Marco Millions opened on Broadway, this day in 1928.

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