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March 2, 2012

D. H. Lawrence’s “Ship of Death”

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D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)

On this day in 1930 forty-four-year-old D. H. Lawrence died in Vence, France. The medical cause was tuberculosis, but Lawrence at least partially believed that a lifetime of vilification was to blame: “The hatred which my books have aroused comes back at me and gets me here,” he told a friend, tapping his chest. “If I get the better of if in one place it goes to another.”

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April 21, 2011

Twain to the End

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , — Bookblurb @ 12:46 pm
    On this day in 1910 Mark Twain died, at the age of seventy-four. Despite an undercurrent of doubts and dark thoughts, Twain swept along through his last years as the Mississippi to the sea: guests to his seventieth birthday banquet took home his foot-high bust, New York City pedestrians and English royalty lined up to meet him, thousands filed past his casket to see him in his last white suit — “as much an enigma and prodigy to himself,” says one biographer, as he was to them.

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