The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
(2004) - Gordon S. Wood (Grade:A)
What the Anti-Federalists Were For
(1981) - Herbert J. Storing (Grade:A)
Master and Commander
(1969) - Patrick O'Brian (Grade:A+)
The Birds' Christmas Carol
(1886) - Kate Douglas Wiggin (Grade:B+)
(2002) - Alexander Payne (Grade:A-)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
(1987) - John Hughes (Grade:A-)
Brothers Judd Daily
Brothers Judd QuasiDaily Bookmarks:
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-) in Kislovodsk, Russia on December 11, 1918. Read Orrin's review of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1963)(Grade: A+)
Thomas McGuane (1939-) was born in Wyandotte, MI on December 11, 1939. Brothers Judd recommends his collection of hunting and fishing stories
An Outside Chance
Jim Harrison (1937-) was born in Grayling, MI on December 11, 1937. Brothers Judd recommends his novel The Legends of the Fall
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton (1926-84) was born in Montgomery, AL
on December 11, 1926. Brothers Judd recommends the album Ball N Chain
Naguib Mahfouz (1911-) was born in Cairo, Egypt on December 11, 1911. Read Orrin's review of Palace of Desire: Book II of the Cairo Trilogy (1957) (Grade: C+)
Fiorello La Guardia (1882-1947) was born in New York, NY on December 11, 1882.
Rumer Godden (1907-98) was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, ENG on December 10, 1907. Read Orrin's review of Black Narcissus (1939)(Grade: B)
Mary Norton (1903-93) was born in London, ENG on December 10, 1903. She wrote the great childrens book The Borrowers (1953)
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was born in Amherst, MA on December 10, 1830. Brothers Judd recommends The Collected Poems
Breaker Morant, also known as Harry Harbord Morant was born in Bridgwater, England on December 9, 1864. Read Orrin's review of Breaker Morant (1979) (directed by Bruce Beresford 1940-).
John Milton (1608-) was born in Cheapside, London on December 9, 1608. His masterpiece Paradise Lost (1667) was written after he went blind and took five years to complete.
Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908) was born near Eatonton, GA on December 9, 1848. He wrote the terrific series of Uncle Remus stories.
Dalton Trumbo (1905-76), an unrepentant Communist justifiably blacklisted as part of the Hollywood Ten, was born in Montrose, CO on December 9, 1905. Read Orrin's review of his National Book Award winning Johnny Got His Gun (1939)(Grade: F)
Richard Llewellyn (1906-1983) was born in Wales on December 8, 1906. Read Orrin's review of How Green Was My Valley (1939)(Grade: A+)
Mary Gordon (1949-) was born on Long Island, NY on December 8, 1949.
Elsie Crisler Segar (1894-?), the creator of "Popeye," was born in Chester, IL on December 8, 1894.
James Thurber (1894-1961) was born in Columbus, OH on December 8, 1894. Brothers Judd recommends the Library of America collection: James Thurber: Writings and Drawings and Thurber on Crime (James Thurber 1894-1961)(edited by Robert Lopresti) (Read Orrin's review.)
Ron Hansen was born December 8, 1947. He was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Read Orrin's review of Mariette in Ecstasy (1991) (Ron Hansen 1947-).
Hervey Allen (1889-1949), author of the epic historical novel Anthony Adverse (1933), was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 8, 1889.
Willa Cather (1873-1947) was born near Winchester, VA on December 7, 1873. Read Orrin's review of Death Comes to the Archbishop (1927)(Grade: C)
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The Brothers Judd - The Adventure of Great Literature
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the Devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians. -Stephen Vincent Benet
(1898-1943), The Devil and Daniel Webster