Composer Samuel Barber (1910-81) was born in West Chester, PA on March 9, 1910.
Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy on March 9, 1451.
Mickey Spillane (1918-) was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 9, 1918. Read Orrin's review of I, the Jury (1947)(Mickey Spillane 1918-) (Grade: C+)
Rex (Ernest) Warner (1905-86) was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England on March 9, 1905. Read Orrin's review of The Aerodrome: A Love Story (1941)
March 8 is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, a day that's been celebrated all over the world since 1910.
Kenneth Grahame (1859-) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 8, 1859. Read his classic
The Wind in the Willows online.
John McPhee (1931-) was born in Princeton, NJ on March 8, 1931.
Robert Frost's (1874-1963) poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" was published in The New Republic on March 7, 1923.
The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on March 6th, 1806. Among her poems was "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-55) was born in Paris on March 6, 1619.
Read Orrin's review of Cyrano de Bergerac (1897)(Edmond Rostand 1868-1918) (Grade: A+)
Ring Lardner (1885-1933) was born in Niles, MI on March 6, 1885. Read Orrin's review of You Know Me, Al: A Busher's Letters (1914)(Grade: A)
In addition to being the Birthday of the Father of the Brothers Judd, March 5th is also the anniversary of the Boston Massacre in 1770. Crispus Attucks, one of the victims, became one of America's first Black heroes.
Henry II (1133-), first Plantagenet king of England, was born in France on March 5, 1133. His wife was Eleanor of Aquitaine. Brothers Judd recommends the terrific film, The Lion in Winter.
Howard Pyle (1853-) was born in Wilmington, DE on March 5, 1853.
Frank Norris (1870-) was born in Chicago, IL on March 5, 1870.
Johann Wyss was born March 4, 1782. Read Orrin's review of Swiss Family Robinson
Alan Sillitoe (1928-) was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire on March 4, 1928. Read Orrin's review of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1959) (Grade: C)
Tom Wolfe (1931-) was born in Richmond, VA on March 2, 1931. Read Orrin's reviews of The Painted Word (1975) & From Bauhaus to Our House (1981)(Grade: A+), The Right Stuff (1979)(Grade: A+), Ambush at Fort Bragg (1997)
Tom Wolfe (1931-) was born in Richmond, VA on March 2, 1931. Read Orrin's reviews of The Painted Word (1975) & From Bauhaus to Our House (1981)(Grade: A+), The Right Stuff (1979)(Grade: A+), Ambush at Fort Bragg (1997) (Grade: A), A Man In Full (1998)(Grade: A-)
John Irving (1942-) was born in Exeter, NH on March 2, 1942. Read Orrin's review of A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) (Grade: C)
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) (1904-91) was born in Springfield, MA on March 2, 1904. Read Orrin's review of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957) (Grade: A-)
Kurt Weill (1900-50) was born in Dessau, GER on March 2, 1900. His best known work "The Threepenny Opera" (1928) was based on John Gay's The Beggars Opera (read Orrin's review). And, of course, Bobby Darin's hit "Mack the Knife" was based on one of the songs from Threepenny.
Jim Crace (1946-) was born in Hertfordshire, England on March 1, 1946. Read Orrin's review of Quarantine (1997).
William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was born in Martins Ferry, OH on March 1, 1837. Read Orrin's review of The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) (Grade: B+)
Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-94) was born in Oklahoma City, OK on March 1, 1914. Read Orrin's review of Invisible Man (1952)(Grade: C)(#19 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)
Frederic Chopin (1810-49) was born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland on March 1, 1810.
de Montaigne (1533-92), famous for his
essays, was born at Château de Montaigne, near Bordeaux, France on February 28, 1533.
Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was born in Portland, ME on February 27, 1807.
John Steinbeck (1902-68), 1962 Nobel Laureate, was born in Salinas, CA on February 27, 1902.
Read Orrin's reviews of Of Mice and Men (1937)(Grade: A+), The Grapes of Wrath (1939)(Grade: A-)(#10 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century) and The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)(Grade: B)
James Thomas Farrell (1904-79) was born in Chicago, IL on February 27, 1912. Read Orrin's review of Studs Lonigan (1932-35) (Grade: D) (#29 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)
Lawrence Durrell (1912-90) was born in Jullundur, India on February 27, 1912. Read Orrin's review of The Alexandria Quartet (1957-60) (Grade: F)(#70 on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)
Irwin Shaw [IRWIN GILBERT SHAMFOROFF] (1913-1984) was born in The Bronx, NY on February 27, 1913. Brothers Judd recommends The Young Lions (1948) and Rich Man, Poor Man (1970)
Victor Hugo (1802-85) was born in Besancon, France on February 26, 1802. Read Orrin's review of Les Miserables (1862)(Victor Hugo 1802-85) (Grade: A/B+)
Robert D. Novak was born February 26, 1931 in Joliet, Illinois. Brothers Judd recommends Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000 (2000) (Robert D. Novak 1931)
Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) was born in Naples, Italy on February 25, 1873.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was born in Limoges, France on February 25, 1841.
Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) Manchester, ENG on February 25, 1917. Read Orrin's review of A Clockwork Orange (1962)(Grade: A+)
Karl May (1842-1912) was born in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, GER on February 25, 1842. Read the Brothers Judd review of Winnetou 1893).
Wilhelm Karl Grimm (1786-) was born in Hanau, Germany on February 24, 1786.
Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was born in Boston, MA on February 24, 1836.
John Peter "Honus" Wagner (1874-1955) was born in Mansfield (Carnegie), PA on February 24, 1874.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was born in Halle, Germany on February 23, 1685.
W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963) was born in Barrington, MA on February 23, 1868. Brothers Judd recommends The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was born in in Chicago, IL on February 23, 1875. Read Orrin's review of Tarzan of the Apes (1912)(Grade: A+)
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), famed Diarist, was born in London, ENG on February 23, 1633.
George Washington (1732-99) was born in Bridge's Creek, Westmoreland County, VA on February 22, 1732. Read Orrin's review of Rules of Civility: The 110 Precepts That Guided Our First President in War and Peace (1997)(George Washington 1732-1799)(edited and with notes by Richard Brookhiser) (Grade: A)
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-73) was born in Yorkshire, ENG on February 21, 1907.
Richard Matheson (1926-) was born in Allendale, NJ on February 20, 1926. Read Orrin's review of I Am Legend (1954) (Richard Matheson 1926-).
Pierre Boulle (1912-1994) was born in Avignon, France on February 20, 1912. Read Orrin's review of The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952)(Grade: A+) and Planet of the Apes (1963)(Pierre Boulle 1912-1994)(translated by Xan Fielding)(Grade: A)
Ansel Adams (1902-84) was born in San Francisco, CA on February 20, 1902.
Anais Nin (1903-77) was born in Neuilly, France on February 20, 1903.
Carson McCullers (1917-67) was born in Columbus, GA on February 19, 1917. Read Orrin's review of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)(Grade: D)(#17 on the Modern Library List of the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century)
Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) was born in Torun, Poland on February 19, 1473
Wallace Stegner (1909-93) was born on February 18, 1909. Read Orrin's review of Angle of Repose (1971)(Grade: C)
Toni Morrison [Chloe Anthony Woodford] (1931-) was born in Lorain, OH on February 18, 1931. Read Orrin's review of Beloved (1987)(Grade: F)
Chaim Potok (1929-) was born in New York, NY on February 17, 1929. Read Orrin's review of The Chosen (1967)
Henry Brook Adams (1838-1919) was born in Boston, MA on February 16, 1838. Read Orrin's review of Democracy: An American Novel (1880)
Richard Ford (1944-) was born in Jackson, MS on February 16, 1944. Read Orrin's review of The Sportswriter (1986)(Grade: C)