Today in History
(2/10/2014 4:26:00 AM)
Today is the birthday of Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Boris Pasternak was a Russian language poet, novelist, and literary translator. Pasternak's theatrical translations of Goethe, Schiller, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and William Shakespeare remain deeply popular with Russian audiences.
Outside Russia, Pasternak is best known for authoring the novel Doctor Zhivago, which was banned in the USSR, Doctor Zhivago was smuggled to Milan and published in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year.
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Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. An influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production.
There are few areas of modern theatrical culture that have not felt the impact or influence of Brecht's ideas and practices. In addition to the theatre, Brechtian theories and techniques have exerted considerable sway over certain strands of film theory and cinematic practice.
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Happy Birthday Boris Pasternak! Happy Birthday Bertolt Brecht!
(2/5/2014 4:12:00 AM)
Today is the birthday of William S.Burroughs (1914–1997)
He was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be " one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century."
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Happy Birthday Burroughs!
(2/4/2014 7:19:00 AM)
World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
World Cancer Day 2014 (4 February 2014) will build on the success of last year's campaign, by again focusing on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tagline “Debunk the myths”.
Today is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. From a global level, we are focusing our messaging on the four myths above. In addition to being in-line with our global advocacy goals, these overarching myths leave a lot of flexibility for members, partners and supporters to adapt and expand on for their own needs.
Learn more: http://www.worldcancerday.org/
(8/6/2013 3:52:00 AM)
Poem Hunter Poetry Contest has officially started. You can enter with your favorite poem now or write a new one and submit it before August 31st,2013.
Prize is $1,000 for the winner and $250 for the 2nd and 3rd place..
You can write in any poetic style and on any subject.
Entering the contest is free.
(1/25/2013 2:58:00 PM)
VIRGINIA WOOLF, BRITISH NOVELIST, ESSAYIST AND PUBLISHER WAS BORN THIS DAY IN 1882!
” FOR THE MOST PART OF HISTORY,
ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN! ”
VIRGINIA WOOLF, British Novelist,
Essayist n Publisher, Was Born
Day, On January 25,1882 In
Virginia Woolf Is Still Widely Read
Across The Globe.She Wrote Less
Than A Dozen Novels, Two
Of Short-stories, A Critically
Acclaimed Essay Book (A ROOM
ONE’S OWN) , Nearly 400 Letters
Compiled In Two Volumes And
Other Articles, especi ally, Book
Reviews For The Times Lit.
‘Mrs. DALLOWAY’, ‘TO THE
LIGHTHOUSE’, ‘THE WAVES’ Are Her
Virginia Woolf Was One Of The
Early Modernists Who Dared Lots
Experimentations In The Very Art
n Science Of Novel-writing And
Established Herself As A
Modern Novelist Writing In
Of Postwar(WWI) Era.
She Laid Huge Emphasis Upon
Inner Psyche Of A Character Than
The Usual Practise Of Outward
Delienation! The Outward Action
Gets A Backseat and On The
Frontseat Comes The Interior
Of A Character!
The Idea Of Flat Character Got
Beating And The Concept Of
‘Round Character’ Got Shape! This
Sketch Lent The Novels A Deeper
Psychological Edge And The Art
Novel Writing Went Through A
James Joyce And V. Woolf Had
The Most Contributions To The
Terms Like ‘STREAM OF
CONCIOUSNESS’ Became Very
Definitive Reference To The
Of Postwar Period!
She Had Also Penned A Lot
Regarding The Feminist Criticism
Her Seminal Book, ‘A ROOM OF
This Book Is A Collection Of Her
Lectures Delivered At Women’s
Colleges In Oxford n Cambridge
Virginia Woolf Took A Historical
Perspective And Had Analyzed
Various Female Authors And
Feminist Critics In A Dramatised
Way Of Presentation.
A Life Full Of Breakdowns n Bouts
Of Depression, Woolf Died Of
Drowning Herself In The Ouse
River By Stuffing Her Pockets
Stones And Going To The Middle
The River. She Was 59.
With Husband Leonard
Woolf, Himself An Author, She
Had Run Successfully The
PRESS’ And Thus Also Known As
Publishers of Note!
Her Friends’ Circle That Used To
Have Had Get-Togethers At
Woolf’s Bloomsbury Villa, Came
To Be Known As ‘BLOOMSBURY
Many Authors, Painters n
Academics Were The Members Of
The Circle That Included The Likes
of Mr. T.S.ELIOT, EZRA POUND,
GERTRUDE STEIN, WYNDHAM
After Woolf’s Death, Her
Dwindled Sharpely And It Was
Untill The Late 60s n Early 70s
A Fresh Plus Abiding Interest
For Her Works — Thanks To The
Women’s Liberation Movement!
Films Were Made On Her Life n
Works, Chiefly, ‘THE HOURS’ and
Today Virginia Woolf’s Works
Invariably Make Places In The
Book-Shelves Of Reading
Fraternity Around The World!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIRGINIA
4F, ADARSH NAGAR
(7/25/2012 11:45:00 PM)
I share the same name and birthday (January 23rd) with princess Caroline of Monaco. And that wasn't planned either.
(5/1/2012 6:18:00 AM)
Today in History - 1 May
1786 - The Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna
1818 - John Keats composes " Fragment of an Ode to Maia"
1840 - The first official adhesive postage stamp was issued in Great Britain.
1869 – The Folies Bergère opens in Paris
1941 - Citizen Kane, a widely acclaimed film by actor and director Orson Welles premiered in New York.
1967 - Singer Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.
1978 – Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
1983 – Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.
2009 – Carol Ann Duffy was elected Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position, as well as the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.
1803 - James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d.1849)
1901 - Sterling Allen Brown, American professor, poet and literary critic (d.1989)
1969 - Wes Anderson, Director, turns 43
(4/6/2012 1:25:00 AM)
Today in History - 06 April
1327 – The poet Petrarch first sees his idealized love, Laura, in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon
1869 – Celluloid is patented
1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested in London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry
1896 – The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece
1947 – The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement
1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time
2008 – Egyptian workers staged an illegal general strike, two days before key municipal elections
1483 – Raphael, Italian painter and architect
1671 – Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet
1941 – Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician
1975 - Zach Braff, American actor, writer
1976 – Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician (Sigur Rós)
(3/17/2012 3:27:00 AM)
Today in History - 17 March
1941 The National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C
1950 – Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name " Californium"
1973 – The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family
1919 - Nat King Cole, American singer
1938 - Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-born ballet dancer and choreographer
1948 - William Gibson, American writer
1951 - Kurt Russell, American actor
(3/14/2012 3:16:00 AM)
Today in History - 14 March
1879 - Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the great thinkers of the ages, was born
1883 - Political philosopher Karl Marx died at age 64
1885 – The Mikado a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, had its first public performance in London
1931 – Alam Ara, India's first talkie film, is released
1939 - John Steinbeck'sThe Grapes of Wrath was published
1952 - The first human life was saved with penicillin, an antibiotic discovered accidentally by Alexander Fleming in 1928
2005 - About 1 million people rallied in Beirut, Lebanon, demanding Syrian withdrawal and the arrest of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's killers
Today's Holidays and Observances
- White Day, complementary day of Valentine's Day when men give gifts to women - Japan and Korea
- Pi Day, a holiday commemorating the mathematical constant p (pi)
1933 – Sir Michael Caine, British actor
1933 – Quincy Jones, American musician and composer
1948 – Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian