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The authors of yesteryear…



Vintage ads for vintage books– at Flavorwire.


As we luxuriate in the Lost Generation, we might send lyrical birthday greetings to Edgar Lee masters; he was born on this date in 1868.  In all, Masters published twelve plays, twenty-one books of poetry, six novels and six biographies, including those of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Vachel Lindsay, and Walt Whitman.  But he is best remembered for the Spoon River Anthology.  A friend had given him a copy of Epigrams from the Greek Anthology, a collection of 4,000 poems written between 700 B.C. and 1000 A.D.; the short autobiographical poems inspired Masters to write his masterpiece– and thus to have the deep influence that he did on writer in the 20s.



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August 23, 2012 at 1:01 am

Nostalgia: careful what you wish….

As Mad Men continues its ascendency in the zeitgeist, Retrocomedy provides some context:  “The 15 Creepiest Vintage Ads Of All Time“…  from murder and suicide to eerie babies and demented clowns, it’s all here!  (Thanks to reader RS for the tip.)

As we turn the page, we might consider the (admittedly radical) alternative as we wish the most Transcendental of birthdays to Henry David Thoreau, born on this date in 1817.


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July 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

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