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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Author Birthdays: March 26

The author birthdays of March 26 are a literary delight--especially to those hard-working teachers who spend their lives trying to spark a passion for literature in the souls of their students. Such is no easy task--I'm not sure that it ever has been, but now they must make stationary black and white words compete with the compelling imagery of today's literary media. Literature may hold far many more rewards that more passive entertainments, but it takes digging and effort to find those rewards.

But to the birthdays of March 26:

Tennessee Williams, the American playwright who brought us The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. He was born in 1911 and died in 1983--choking to death on a bottle cap.

Two poets: Robert Frost and A.E. Housman.

Also Erica Jong, Betty McDonald, and Jerry Pallota.

Yesterday, by the way, was the birthday of Flannery O'Connor.

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