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·         Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System

·         www.northfloridawriters.org * March 2010

·         Editor: Howard Denson



In This Issue:

Collection of Columns Focuses on Jacksonville's Glory Days

The Value of Perseverance -- Dorothy Fletcher

Paper or Plastic: Is a Book Still a Book? -- Scott Nicholson

Tallahassee Book Festival slated for March 19-20

The Wrong Stuff

Others’ Stuff on Words, Writing, and Writers

Quote from a Writer's Quill – Raymond Chandler

Writers Born This Month

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COLLECTION OF COLUMNS FOCUSES ON JACKSONVILLE'S GLORY DAYS

As longtime residents and newcomers alike can agree, Jacksonville holds within its city limits wonderful places to grow, play and contemplate the beauty of north Florida. Remembering Jacksonville (Hickory Press), an entertaining collection of Dorothy K. Fletcher’s “By the Wayside” columns, will bring alive what it was like to see the world and Jacksonville with a sense of wonder and enthusiasm. From Marineland to the Soul Searchers to Peterson’s 5 & 10, Remembering Jacksonville captures this coastal community’s glory days, including fond recollections from local citizens who responded to original columns.


The author is a long-time Jacksonville resident and recently retired after thirty-five years of teaching English in the Duval County School System. She now spends her time writing—poetry, feature articles, children’s books, novels and a column, “By the Wayside,” for the Florida Times-Union.

THE VALUE OF PERSEVERANCE
By DOROTHY FLETCHER
I always laugh when I remember telling someone that I had just written a book.  How naïve!  I thought I had done something miraculous, but I soon came to know otherwise. Writing is book is no problem for most writers.  It’s the publishing part that’s hard.

     So, when the miracle finally does happen and the printed book sits in your hand, you have a right to feel as if you have really done something.  But wait!  There’s the marketing part to follow, and that, like all other parts to this publishing business, is hard, too.

     My fourth book Remembering Jacksonville: By the Wayside has finally been released and I now I look forward to sitting at tables to sign autographs only to have many people avert their eyes or ask where the restroom is.  It will again be HARD.

     This begs the question.  Why does anyone persist in these fool’s errands?  How many rejections, unenthusiastic agents, editor’s commentary and indifferent buyers can one person take?  As many as it takes, I say.

     I will always love sitting at the computer screen or in front of a blank page of a journal and thinking how best to say something that I want to say. I will always love trying to figure out the puzzle of finding the right someone who will accept my work for publication.  I will always love the anticipation of a “possible maybe” response, and I will revel at seeing my words in print when they finally make it over the transom.

     In my many years of writing for publication, I have found a few ways to increase my chances of success.  Aside from writing the best possible poetry and prose I can, I research my markets so that I don’t send a novel to a cookbook publishing house.  This wastes everyone’s time.  I also write very complete proposals or queries as the house requires.  I follow guidelines, and I am patient!

     Little successes build up and eventually (sometimes years and years), I start feeling very good about things. Like now. I will bask in my moment in the sun, and I will let Winston Churchill’s admonition continue to ring in my ears—“Never, never, never give up!”

PAPER OR PLASTIC: IS A BOOK STILL A BOOK?

By SCOTT NICHOLSON

Reading paper books is an emotional experience for which many of us have developed nostalgia. We remember our Dr. Seuss books, our early school readers, our library adventures, then the teen years and really ranging into our individual tastes. Right now, most of us did that with paper books. Ten years from now? I think not.

My first music of my own was a scratchy Rod Stewart vinyl LP I found in a dumpster (yeah, we were poor and didn't have much besides my dad's old-school country 8-tracks). I have a cassette tape of that scratchy vinyl LP, and that is my version of the experience--right down to the skip in the middle of "I'd Rather Go Blind." Even if I hear the song on a CD, my brain puts in the skip, because that's the way I know the song. If I sing it to myself, the skip is in there. That's my experience and my nostalgia.

Have you ever tried to play a vinyl album for a kid? They think you're nuts. Some people get fighting mad over the very idea of ebooks, as if this were Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." Paper books are "real books" or "true books," they say. Yet they still call CDs and iPod downloads "records" or "albums," the same name they used when the format was a large vinyl disc. And music wasn't harmed in the least. In fact, most of us who aren't crotchety old fuddyduds will allow that music is vaster, broader, and more experimental than ever because it is more easily shared and experienced.

In the 1990s, when a few Chicken Littlers were warning about the death of paper books, I laughed at them. I remember in the early 21st century when writers first started wondering about whether they should protect their electronic rights. The industry laughed at them. On Christmas Day, Amazon sold more ebooks than paper books. I'm not laughing anymore. I am selling ebooks. And I am writing books with the expectation that they will be ebooks. And I am planning the long arc of my remaining career with the intention of staying "in print" and viable. On my own if necessary. And passing that to my heirs for the life of copyright. It's not only realistic, it's stupid not to do it.

And, as with the ease of music proliferation because of technological advancement, I see reading returning to the working class. You know, those people who can't afford $25 books and can barely afford time to read them because they are busting their chops to feed and house a family. A $2 ebook they can read in small chunks, and the convenience of carrying around 1,500 books at all times, will get more people peeking "between the pages."

Since I became interested in this issue, my research has shown that Kindle, Nook, and other ereader-device owners not only buy and read more books than they ever have before, they are trying genres and subject matter they never would have picked up otherwise. One man on the Kindle Boards hadn't read a book in 30 years because of visual impairment. Because he can now blow up the text size, he has read four books since Christmas. Teachers are taking their Kindles into classrooms and making reading cool again. Kids already have their own personal devices and are used to them. That's their nostalgia.

Publishers are trying mightily to stem the tide because they are invested in an old model in which they control and dole out content and lock up writers' rights for as long as possible. It's a central and overlooked element of the current ebook pricing wars. That's a side issue for readers but it's going to become critical if you believe the author is why we buy books, not the physical means or channel through which the story travels.

I fully appreciate those who defend the smell of pulp and ink, the tactile sensation of pages, the brilliance of a four-color paper cover and foil-stamped title logo. Many book bloggers fiercely defend paper books and most won't review ebooks at all. But if you look closely, the blogging phenomenon took over the role of "real newspapers" in reviewing and announcing books, to such a degree that many bloggers now are on the reviewer lists of major publishers, and obviously have a vested interest in preserving the current model because they are getting cases of free books. I don't blame them for not reviewing ebooks, because then they are left with nothing but the experience, and everyone loves free stuff. Already, there is a new model developing in which ebook bloggers may be readying to take over for "real book bloggers."

I love paper books, and I believe they will be around for the rest of my lifetime. There will still be bookstores, but they will be specialty shops and antiquaries instead of mainstream commerce centers. How much money have you spent at your local indie bookstore lately? Can you even find an indie within a two-hour radius? Here in my small university town, we have one indie bookstore and one specialty store that sells vinyl records. We no longer have a store that sells CDs, and only one chain video store. Are vinyl records the only "real music" or VHS tapes the only "real movies"?

I still have plenty of paper books. Some I keep because of nostalgia. I look at the object and feel that same attachment as I would with the old Rod Stewart album if it were still around. Other books I give away, but I still have the experience of the story. The "paper book" object is separate from the "book" experience of the story. Objects are ephemeral and paper crumbles to dust. The experience endures.

Scott Nicholson has written eight "real books" and six "fake books" (his term for ebooks). Some of the real ones have the same stories as the fake ones. The difference is the "real books" have often been declared out of print by the publisher and removed from store shelves, so his dedicated readers must take extreme measures to find them. His ebooks are easily available and cheap. The Skull Ring and The Red Church are two such cheap books at under $2 each. But, as the commercials say, the experience is priceless. Visit Scott at http://hauntedcomputer.blogspot.com<http://hauntedcomputer.blogspot.com/> or http://writegoodordie.com<http://writegoodordie.com/>


TALLAHASSEE BOOK FESTIVAL SLATED FOR MARCH 19-20


The Tallahassee Festival of Books will sparkle with a little extra magic this year. Besides over 30 authors who will be on hand to sign their books, a troupe of street magicians will wander through the indoor festival pulling smoke through glass, bending silverware, and performing card tricks. The House of Flying Cards features young magicians from Orlando who have performed all over Central and South Florida.

Rodney Hurst, author of It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!, will speak March 19-20 at the festival.

Hurst's memoir won a bronze medal in the Florida Book awards Nonfiction category. It was awarded the Best Book Awards Winner for Multicultural Nonfiction, the Independent Publishers Award Silver Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction in the Southeast, the Florida Historical Society Inaugural “Stetson Kennedy Award”, the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission Historic Preservation Award, and two Sabrina Book Reviews Awards for Best Book and Best General Nonfiction.

Part memoir, part history and part biography, It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®! provides a chronicle of Hurst’s experiences as the 16-year-old President of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, the 1960 lunch counter sit-in demonstrations in Jacksonville, and the resulting violence referred to as Ax Handle Saturday.

Hurst will teach a session on memoirs at the writer’s conference. In addition to his talk to fellow writers, he will participate in a panel discussion Saturday evening on “Telling It Like It Was: Writing About Historical Conflicts.” The panel, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by FSU History Department Chair Neil Jumonville.


Donna Meredith, president of the Tallahassee Writers Association, said, “We hope the event will be fun and informative while promoting reading and showcasing authors.” TWA is one of the event sponsors.

The festival will be held at the new Turnbull Conference Center on 555 West Pensacola St. across from the Tallahassee Civic Center. It is free and open to the public. Attendees may park free in the attached garage.


The Friends of FSU Libraries is collecting books from students and faculty and the community to sell at the festival. Proceeds benefit the FSU libraries.

Barnes and Noble will handle new book sales for some of the authors at the festival and donate a percentage of those profits to the Leon County Library.

The book festival will open with a panel discussion on “The Power of Books to Shape American Life” in the auditorium of the Turnbull Center, Friday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Speakers include John Cole, founding director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress; John Fenstermaker, Professor of English at FSU; and Wayne Wiegand, Professor of Library and Information Studies and Professor of American Studies at FSU. Helen Moeller, director of the Leon County Library System, will moderate. This panel and several others at the festival are sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

All day Saturday authors representing New York City, Gainesville, Miami, Green Cove Springs, Jacksonville, Panama City, Sarasota, Tallahassee, and Maryland will present brief talks about their books.

Special events for children and tweens are slated for Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Highlights include a puppet show and an appearance by Jessica Burkhart, the 22-year-old author of eight novels for tweens, who is joining the festival from New York City.

Michael Grunwald, Time magazine senior correspondent and former Washington Post reporter, will talk about being in the front lines of journalism today at 1:35 p.m. He recently wrote the cover story on the selection of Ben Bernanke as Man of the Year. Grunwald is also part of an environment panel at 2:20 p.m. when he will discuss his book “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise.” Others on the panel are Cynthia Barnett, author of “Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.,” and Doug Alderson, author of “New Dawn for the Kissimmee Rover: Orlando to Lake Okeechobee by Kayak.” Grunwald’s appearance is funded by the Leon County Public Library.

Afternoon sessions also include authors on Seminole Culture, featuring FSU graduate and leading ethno-historian Patsy West. She authored “The Enduring Seminoles: From Alligator Wrestling to Casino Gaming.” Also on this panel are Kiki BelMonte-Schaller from Miami, author of “Gray Rainbow Journey”; Jan Godown Annino, and New York Times best-selling author Lucia St. Clair Robson, author of “Ride the Wind.” True West Magazine declared Robson the “Best Living Western Historical Novelist.”

Saturday night, 7- 9 p.m. features a panel on “Telling it Like it Was: Writing About Historical Conflicts,” moderated by Jumonville. Besides Hurst, other speakers will include Claudia Hunter Johnson, FSU Writer in Residence and author of “Stifled Laughter: One Woman’s Story About Fighting Censorship”; and New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara. Shaara’s nine military fiction titles include “Gods and Generals” and “No Less than Victory.”

A writers conference runs concurrently with the festival. Keynote speaker at Saturday’s luncheon is Julianna Baggott, FSU Creative Writing Professor and author of sixteen books, including national best seller “Girl Talk.” The public may purchase tickets to the luncheon by sending a request and $25 check to TWA, P.O. Box 3428, Tallahassee, FL 32315-3428.

The Tallahassee/Leon County Council On Culture & Arts (COCA) and the Leon County Tourist Development Council also provided funding for these events.


THE WRONG STUFF

Fakes and Forgeries (Igloo Books, 2008), "Faking Photographs"(p.90):

As early as 1821 an apprentice silversmith named Gardner visited the Great Exposition in London where he was captivated by the work of the American photographer Mathew Brady. In 1856, Gardner moved his family to Washington, D.C., where he got a job at Brady's gallery and began taking photographs.

By 1825, Gardner had become friends with Allan Pinkerton, who was Head of President Lincoln's intelligence gathering operation.

W.S. SAYS: Igloo Books' sloppy editing and proofreading deserve most blame, although the back book flap says a writer from Cumbria, U.K. was the chief contributor to the book. Sorry, Igloo, but you didn't look up Gardner's first name (Alexander). Second, you didn't detect that the Great Exposition a/k/a the Crystal Palace Exposition wasn't until 1851. (Gardner and Brady were born in 1821 and 1822 respectively. Also, although an image was "fixed" in the mid-1820s, it was not until 1839 that photographs as we know them were created.) Third, you didn't keep up with the fact that Lincoln was elected president in 1861.

Later, the book has a chapter on Bill Gates: "The Gates name has such caché that few can resist and the hoax is still doing the rounds today." It's cachet.

In a chapter on boiler room scams, we read a sentence that refers to Wall Street-style kings of the universe, "It is easy to see how you could feel like the 'real deal' when you can lead the same life as him -- and use cocaine to alleviate any doubts." It's "as he" since that's short for "same life as he leads."

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Anne Boleyn, by Norah Lofts:

[Katherine of Aragon's] father, Ferdinand of Aragon, had been married to a woman whom everybody admitted was the most wonderful woman in the world, yet he had been a womanizer of no mean order.

     W.S. SAYS: A parenthetical element ('everybody admitted") tricks the ear into believing that "whom" is needed. Remove the element temporarily, and you'll see that "woman who was the most wonderful woman" requires the nominative/subject case. Another complaint: The sentence uses "woman" twice and then "womanizer." Some tightening was in order.

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Deck for front-page Florida Times-Union article, "Complete safety / with meat not / an exact science":

Numerous methods are tried, but each have / critics and flaws, experts point out.

     W.S. SAYS: "Each" is singular, so the verb should be "has." It is possible to consider the methods individually by writing "but they each have critics and flaws."

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Lauren Neergaard's Associated Press article, "Check your colon / in your own home":

Sedation means it doesn't hurt, although it requires a day of bowel-cleansing preparation and can exceed $1,000. But colonoscopies allow removal of polyps on sight.

W.S. SAYS: The sentence requires "on site." It could have been reworded to say "removal of polyps upon their sighting" or "as they are sighted," but the sentence intends to refer to the clinic or hospital setting.

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Bob Shrum's 2004 Time magazine article quoted in Jamie Weinstein's Feb. 19 column in The New York Daily News:

Shrum wrote, "[John] Edwards had told [John] Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he'd never told anyone else - that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the funeral home, laid there and hugged his body, and promised that he'd do all he could to make life better for people, to live up to Wade's ideals of service."

     W. S. SAYS: We have one of the most common errors in written English: using "laid" when "lay" is required. This is a hopeless battle since spoken English routinely uses "laid." We may safely insist that even speakers should get it right when reading from speeches or teleprompters. Back to the anecdote: Edwards had forgotten he had told Kerry the exact story (with exact pauses and gestures) a year before.

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Leonard Pitts' op ed column, "Palin Should Run for President" (Miami Herald syndicate):

     Bad enough you imply that teleprompter use is the mark of an insubstantial man, even though you and every other major politician uses them.

     W.S. SAYS: The elliptical opening works better in the context of his column, but we encounter a subject-verb error in the clause that ends the sentence. We would say "you use" and then notice that it is joined, in effect, to a "he" or "she." "You" and "he" is a plural (equal to "they"), so "use" is required.



LETTERS AND FEEDBACK

Yakking in Decibels

EDITOR: One thing, however, re libraries -- wot the heck is it nowadays with librarians? They yak and yak in Decibels. Wot happened to the good old "Shush"? I can't stand it.

Bring back those fierce, grey-haired, sexless women in twin-sets, tweed skirts, and squeaky lace-up shoes, hair scrunched into a bun at the nape so tightly their scalps screamed, peering over their bifocals fit to kill if you so much as sneezed.

Now they're all whooping it up behind the counter, laughing their heads off at patrons' jokes, chattering nonstop about anything but books! Very nice women, but these modern librarians with partners obviously have "other" interests than ruling over their empires, such as ... s e x! It just won't do. -- Christine Watt

Dear CW: Especially in colleges, the "Starbooks" trend says, "Students like noise when they study." Of course, at many local colleges, the average age of students may be 27 or 28; they may have noise from wee ones at home and need the library to provide a quiet retreat for studying.

A Barbarian Editor

EDITOR: I enjoyed the "Write Stuff's" piece on barbarians. I just found one: a magazine editor who changed one of my sentences so that it is grammatically incorrect and published under my name! -- Carole Varney

Burning of Persia's Great Library

EDITOR: Good one, Write Stuff. Another instance of barbarians in the library and an inversion of the popular understanding of the term "barbarians" occurred when the Greeks under Alexander burned the great Persian library in Persepolis. In that case, the damage done to recorded history was irrecoverable, most of the work in it being one of a kind. -- Sohrab Homi Fracis

Dear SHF: And the Roman soldiers under Julius Caesar wound up torching the great library of Alexandria.

And Websites Become Too Big

     EDITOR: "Much Ado About Libraries" could also have mentioned that, when libraries are made to rely on websites, as opposed to microfilm, they are vulnerable to those websites suddenly changing. They become too big or they are redesigned, and suddenly some of the important information that was stored there is no longer available. -- Disgruntled

     Dear Dis: Excellent point.

How Do You Make Dashes on a Computer?

     EDITOR: I have what may be a dumb question, but here goes: I use Word and can't figure out how to make dashes. -- Fred

Dear Fred: Making dashes is both simple and complicated. Basically, you just hit two hyphens. If AutoCorrect is turned on, it probably will change the hyphens into a regular dash. Two major types of dashes are en dashes (as wide as the letter "n") and em dashes (wide as "m"). You may also insert actual en or em dashes by using Insert and then Symbols. You may discover that other dashes exist: the figure dash, the horizontal bar, and the swung dash. There are also several dash-like characters, including the Hangul Jungseong Eu. (Don't get me started about the Mongolian todo hyphen. You don't want to go there.)

One pitfall in using AutoCorrect a/k/a AutoFoulUp is that the expression you're setting off may end up with an en dash at one end and an em dash (or an even longer dash) at the other end. Another pitfall in making dashes is that, if you go back and forth from Word to, say, WordPerfect, plain text, or html, you may find that your dash is converted into a single hyphen or maybe into a question mark.

Obits for Writers

     EDITOR: We've had recent deaths of J.D. Salinger, Robert Parker, and Dick Francis. Since "The Electronic Write Stuff" has a section on "Wrong Stuff," "Write Stuff," and even "Write Staff," why not have one on "Write Stiffs"? -- Curious but Not George

     Dear Curious: Good idea, though a bit tacky.


OTHERS’ STUFF ON WORDS, WRITING, AND WRITERS
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Fine Writers, Lousy Spouses


     Leo Tolstoy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver, and V.S. Naipaul all had terrible marriages that became good reading, writes John Barber in The Globe and Mail. Follow the discussion at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/fine-writers-lousy-spouses/article1445662/.



Digital Books and Your Rights as a Reader



     The Electronic Frontier Foundation asks, "Are digital books as good or better than physical books at protecting you and your rights as a reader?" Explore the pro's and con's at http://www.eff.org/wp/digital-books-and-your-rights.

The Girl who Stormed onto the Bestsellers’ List

All the great fictional detectives hold up a mirror to their times, and Stieg Larsson’s bisexual Goth geek is no different, writes Ben Macintyre in The [London] Times (Feb. 18) at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/ben_macintyre/article7031243.ece.

A Real Ghost Writer<http://www.mountaineagle.com/index.cfm?event=news.view&id=D9D9BC2B-19B9-E2E2-67BB90B2B8CCCDAA>

A world-famous writer best known for her stories about Southern ghosts — including a specter that lives with her — visited Jasper, Ala., Tuesday, for the kickoff of Read Alabama, a series of Alabama authors who will be speaking on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College, according to David Lazenby in The Daily Mountain Eagle at http://www.mountaineagle.com/index.cfm?event=news.view&id=D9D9BC2B-19B9-E2E2-67BB90B2B8CCCDAA.

Man’s Writing History Gets a Rewrite

Markings found in caves in France from 30,000 to 40,000 years ago
may have been ancient man’s first attempts to write, a new study has suggested. To read more, go to The Times of India (Feb. 20) at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Mans-writing-history-gets-a-rewrite/articleshow/5590014.cms.

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked for personal dos and don'ts from Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, P.D. James, and A.L. Kennedy. Check it out at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one.

Part two features responses from Hilary Mantel, Michael Moorcock, Michael Morpurgo, Andrew Motion, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Philip Pullman, Ian Rankin, Will Self, Helen Simpson, Zadie Smith, Colm Tóibín, Rose Tremain, Sarah Waters, and Jeanette Winterson. Go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/10-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-two.

The Pen is Mightier than the Award-Winning Actor

Writers speak so much better than the tongue-tied actors who usually recite their lines, says Valerie Grove in the [London] Times (Feb. 25). If you don't believe it, then go to see some writers as they are talking live. Check out her discussion at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article7039715.ece.


QUOTE FROM A WRITER'S QUILL

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable. -- Raymond Chandler



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WRITERS BORN IN MARCH


1--Lytton Strachey (1880), Ralph Ellison (1914), Robert Lowell (1917), Howard Nemerov (1920), and Richard Wilbur (1921); 2--Janos Arany (1817), Theodor Seuss Geisel or Dr. Seuss (1904), Tom Wolfe (1932), and John Irving (1942); 3--Colonel Fred Burnaby (1842), Edward Thomas (1878) and James Merrill (1926); 4--James Ellroy (1948);



5--Frank Norris (1870) and Nelly Arcan (1973); 6--Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806), Johan Bojer (1872), and Gabriel García Márques (1928); 7--Luther Burbank (1849) and Georges Perec (1936); 9--William Cobbett (1763), Vita Sackville-West (1892) and Mickey Spillane (1918);



10--Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (1833), John Rechy (1934); 11--Douglas Adams (1952); 12--Jack Kerouac (1922), John Clellon Holmes (1926), Edward Albee (1928), Randall Kenan (1963); 13--L. Ron Hubbard (1911); 14--Théodore de Banville (1823), Algernon Blackwood (1869);



15--Johann Jakob Breitinger (1701) and Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse (1830); 16--G. A. Bredero (1585), Camilo Castelo Branco (1825), and Alice Hoffman (1952); 18--Wilfred Owen (1893) and John Updike (1932); 19--Philip Roth (1933);



20--Thomas Cooper (1805), Henry Ibsen (1828) and Louis Marie Émile Bertrand (1866); 24--Joel Barlow (1754), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919), and Ian Hamilton (1938); 23--Sir Thomas Chapais (1858);



25--Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (1812), Flannery O'Connor (1925); 26--Edward Bellamy (1850), A. E. Housman (1859), Serafín Álvarez Quintero (1871), Robert Frost (1874), Joseph Campbell (1904), Tennessee Williams (1914), and Gregory Corso (1930); 27--Michael Bruce (1746), Budd Schulberg (1914), Denton Welch (1915), and Louis Simpson (1923); 28--William Byrd (1674), Alexandre Herculano de Carvalho e Araújo (1810), Nelson Algren (1909), Mario Vargas Llosa (1936), and Russell Banks (1940); 29--Alexander Chalmers (1759);



30--Paul Verlaine (1844) and Sean O'Casey (1880); 31--Octavio Paz (1914), John Fowles (1926), and John Jakes (1932).


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