Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 04/23/2012 - 08:38.
Today is the date generally agreed to be the birthday of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. We don't have the exact date he was born but we do know he was baptized on April 26, so tradition places his birth on April 23. He died on an April 23 as well (in 1616).
Shakespeare's work includes some 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems. Several of his plays -- including Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello -- are considered among the finest in the English language.
Shakespeare's profound influence has not been limited to the realms literature and theater. According to the Dictionary of Literary Biography:
And of course there are the numerous film and television versions and adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, including Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood; Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books; and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet.
Things that Dream: Contemporary Calligraphic Artists' Books / Cosas que sueñan: Libros de artistas caligráficos contemporáneoSubmitted by email@example.com on Tue, 04/17/2012 - 12:43.
Be sure to check out the new exhibition opening this Thursday, April 19, on the second floor of Green Library's Bing Wing.
From the exhibition website:
The Stanford University Libraries' Department of Special Collections presents an exhibition of contemporary calligraphic artists' books featuring poetry by Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca, drawings by Manuel Neri, calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire, and bindings by Daniel Kelm. Things that Dream: Contemporary Calligraphic Artists' Books / Cosas que sueñan: Libros de artistas caligráficos contemporáneos will open Thursday, April 19, in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda on the second floor of the Bing Wing of Green Library, Stanford University. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Thu, 04/12/2012 - 07:54.
It was on this date in 1857 that Madame Bovary was published. A depiction of Emma Bovary's unsatisfying existence with her country doctor husband and of her longing for the kind of life and love she has read about in books, Gustave Flaubert's first novel became a bestseller upon its publication due to its notoriety. Flaubert had been put on trial by public prosecutors for the book's alleged obscenity. (He was acquitted.)
Flaubert is known for taking great pains to achieve "le mot juste"—the precise word or turn of phrase. Madame Bovary includes a line that "human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars."
Submitted by email@example.com on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 13:01.
April's a good month for some poetry