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maine geneneral hospital

from stephen king posted in literature by crabapple

The American writer Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 at the Maine General Hospital in Portland, ME.

Today, the hospital is called the Maine Medical Center, and contains the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (named after the former First Lady).

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elgin air force base

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by crabapple

In 1956, Hunter S. Thompson was in the Air Force and transferred to Elgin Air Force Base. He began taking classes at Florida State University, and became the sports editor of the base newspaper, The Command Courier. During this time, he followed the base football team (the Elgin Eagles) around the country, covering their games. In early 1957, Thompson started writing an uncredited sports column for The Playground News out of Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Thompson was honorably discharged from the Air Force in June of 1958.

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ayn rand’s grave

from ayn rand posted in literature by crabapple

The Russian-American philosopher and writer Ayn Rand is buried at the Kenisco Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

Rand died of heart failure on March 6, 1982 at the age of 77. Among the dignitaries at her funeral was Alan Greenspan; a six-foot floral arrangement in the shape of a dollar sign was placed near her casket.

Some of the novels written by Ayn Rand include Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem, and We the Living.

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villa diodati

from frankenstein, mary shelley, lord byron posted in literature by crabapple

In May of 1816, Mary Goodwin, Percy Shelley (a radical poet-philosopher) and their son traveled with Claire Clairmont to Geneva, Switzerland. Their plan was to spend the summer with Lord Byron, another poet whom Clairmont was having an affair with, on Lake Geneva.

Lord Byron rented the villa, and the group spent time writing, boating on the lake, and talking late into the night.

It was a wet summer, and the group found themselves reading from a book of German ghost stories one evening. They had heard of Erasmus Darwin's experiments, and that he had animated dead matter, and the conversation drifted towards galvinism and assembling a reanimated corpse from body parts. Lord Byron challenged them to write their own horror stories.

Mary Goodwin (who had introduced herself as Mrs. Shelley at the Villa) began work on Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus which was first published in 1818.

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sylvia plath’s home

from sylvia plath posted in literature by crabapple

Sylvia Plath, the American writer and poet, committed suicide at this location on February 11, 1963. Plath had asphyxiated from carbon monoxide by putting her head in the oven.

In 1982, Plath was the first poet to win the Pulitzer Prize posthumously for her poetry book, The Collected Poems. Her book, The Bell Jar, was originally published under the pseudonym, Victoria Lucas, and was first published a month after her death in 1963. In 1967, it was published for the first time under her name, and not published in the United States until 1971.

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