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March 1: William Dean Howells (1837)

It was on this date, March 1, 1837, that American writer, historian, editor and founder of the “naturalist” movement in fiction, William Dean Howells, was born. Howells became an editor at age 21, began writing poetry shortly thereafter, but achieved his first success with an 1860 Life of Lincoln. Howells cast off his Swedenborgian creed in his youth and became a social liberal and a sentimental Theist. His novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885), is considered a classic, but Howells’s Literary Friends and Acquaintances (1901) discusses the Rationalist views of some leading American writers. …

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Originally published March 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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April 26: Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121) It was on this date, April 26, year 121, the 16th Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born Marcus Annius Verus, the son of Annius Verus and nephew of Emperor Antoninus Pius, who adopted him in 138. He became consul in 140, held various public offices between 140 and 161 and, as […]



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