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Honorary Black Lambs

May 1st, 2007

BY BLACK LAMB

Again we bring you a couple of short portraits, with recommended bibliographies, of personages soon to take their places in The Ultimate Literary Calendar for 2008: your handy pocket guides to two of literature’s most readable practitioners.

mowat-copy.jpgFarley Mowat, b. May 12, 1921

An amateur naturalist and prolific author, this gifted Canadian has delighted readers for more than half a century with memoirs of his childhood and war service and innumerable books about animals and indigenous peoples of the far North. Start with Never Cry Wolf and then make your way in leisurely and enjoyable fashion through his engaging oeuvre.

Books People of the Deer, 1952. Lost in the Barrens, 1956. The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be, 1957. Coppermine Journey: An Account of a Great Adventure, 1958. Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Missions of a North Atlantic Salvage Tug, 1959. Never Cry Wolf, 1963. This Rock Within the Sea: A Heritage Lost, 1968. The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float, 1969. Sibir: My Discovery of Siberia, 1970. A Whale for the Killing, 1972. Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey, 1987. Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey, 1987.

Studs Terkel, b. May 16, 1912

terkel-copy.jpgTerkel made his reputation initially with his daily radio program The Studs Terkel Program, which aired on Chicago’s WFMT for more than forty-five years. His books started appearing in 1957, and he hasn’t stopped. Working is his most famous, but all are classics in their way. One of our favorites is The Spectator, in which Terkel looks back on a long life watching movies and attending the theater. An American treasure.

Books Giants of Jazz, 1957. Hard Times, 1970. Working: What People Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do, 1974. The Good War, 1984. Chicago, 1986. The Great Divide: Second Thoughts on the American Dream, 1988. Coming of Age: The Story of Our Century by Those Who’ve Live It, 1995. Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times, 1995. The Spectator: Talk about Movies and Plays with Those Who Make Them, 1999. Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times, 2003. And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey, 2005.

other may birthdays and events of note 1st English essayist Joseph Addison (1672-1719), Brooklyn novelist Joseph Heller (1923-1999), and Kentucky-born short story writer Bobbie Ann Mason (b. 1940). 3rd Italian schemer Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), crooner Bing Crosby (1903-1977), American novelist May Sarton (1912-1995), American playwright William Inge (1913-1973), and jazz pianist John Lewis (1920-2001). 4th Irish poet Thomas Kinsella (b. 1928), Israeli novelist Amos Oz (b. 1939), and English Booker winner Graham Swift (b. 1949). 5th Cheerful Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) and German world-shaker Karl Marx (1818-1883); in 1926 Sinclair Lewis declines the Pulitzer Prize — he will accept the Nobel four years later. 6th Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and American poet and critic Randall Jarrell (1914-1965). 7th British poet Robert Browning (1812-1889), German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Indian Nobel poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), and American poet Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), and Australian novelist Peter Carey (b. 1943). 8th English historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), American critic Edmund Wilson (1895-1972), American poet Gary Snyder (b. 1930), and American cult novelist Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937). 9th Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594), Scottish playwright James M. Barrie (1860-1937), Spanish philsopher José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), and children’s book writer William Pène-DuBois (1916-1993). 10th Dancer and singer Fred Astaire (1899-1987). 11th Songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989), Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989, and New York novelist Stanley Elkin (1930-1995). 12th Nonsense poet Edward Lear (1812-1888), pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), French composer Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), and German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). 13th French novelist Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897), English novelist Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989), English travel writer Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989), and San Francisco novelist Armistead Maupin (b. 1944). 14th English portrait and landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), and American critic Richard Kostelanetz (b. 1940). 15th Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Oz creator L. (Lyman) Frank Baum (1856-1919), Austrian novelist Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), Scottish poet Edward Muir (1887-1959), American novelist and short story writer Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), Swiss novelist Max Frisch (1911-1991), and twin Liverpool playwrights Peter (Equus, Amadeus) and Anthony (Sleuth) Shaffer (b. 1926, Anthony d. 2001). 16th English novelist H.E. Bates (1905-1974), American poet Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), and jazz singer Betty Carter (1930-1998); Boswell meets Johnson in 1763. 17th French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) and English novelist Dorothy M. Richardson (1873-1957). 18th Philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). 20th French novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), English philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), and Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset (1882-1949). 21st Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), German painter Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), English poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744), French painter Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), jazz artist (Thomas Wright) Fats Waller (1904-1943), and American poet Robert Creeley (1926-2005). 22nd French poet Gérard de Nerval (1805-1855), German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883), and Scottish doctor and novelist Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). 23rd Swedish novelist Pär Lagerkvist (1891-1974). 24th English playwright Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), Russian novelist Mikhail Sholokov (1905-1984), Irish short story writer William Trevor (b. 1928), and Russian Nobel poet Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996). 25th English historian Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), and American short story writer Raymond Carver (1938-1988). 26th Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926-1991). 27th English novelist Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), French novelist Louis Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), American writer Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), environmentalist Rachel Carson (1907-1964), American novelist and short story writer John Cheever (1912-1982), and American novelists Herman Wouk (b. 1915), Tony Hillerman (b. 1925), and John Barth (b. 1930. 28th English novelist Ian Fleming (1908-1964), Australian Nobel novelist Patrick White (1912-1990), and American novelist Walker Percy (1916-1990). 29th English writers G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) and T.H. White (1912-1990). 30th American poet Countee Cullen (1903-1946), King of Swing Benny Goodman (1909-1986), and jazz pianist Dave McKenna (b. 1930); Joan of Arc is burned at the stake, 1431; in 1593, dramatist Christopher Marlowe, 29, is stabbed to death in a tavern argument. 31st American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) and French poet Saint-John Perse (1887-1975), winner of the first Nobel Prize for literature, in 1909; in 1669, at the age of thirty-six, Samuel Pepys makes his last diary entry. •

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