Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 28

February 28: Michel de Montaigne (1533)

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It was on this date, February 28, 1533, that French essayist Michel de Montaigne was born. As his famous Essays were published, the 1572 St. Bartholomew’s Massacre was a fresh memory in France, so Montaigne professed to be a Catholic. Yet he made some risky statements in his most famous work: • Man is certainly …

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Feb 27

February 27: Ernest Renan (1823)

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It was on this date, February 27, 1823, that French scholar Joseph Ernest Renan was born. Destined for the priesthood, and having taken minor orders, Renan gave up those studies after reading German philosophy. He remained a Pantheist throughout his life. But he angered the clergy and lost this position by publishing his Life of …

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Feb 27

February 27: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807)

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It was on this date, February 27, 1807, that American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born. He is best known for his poems “The Song of Hiawatha” (1855), “The Courtship of Miles Standish” (1858) and “Paul Revere’s Ride” (1860). Although Longfellow is typically described as a Christian, his fellow poet and friend William Dean Howells …

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