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It’s the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, in Vinci, Italy in 1452.
He is known for his art - including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, two of the most famous paintings in the world - but he left fewer than 30 paintings when he died, and most of those were unfinished.
He was a perfectionist and procrastinator, having worked on the Mona Lisa on and off for the last 15 years of his life. The Last Supper was likely only finished because his patron threatened to cut off his money.
He spent much of his time drawing up plans for inventions like the submarine, the helicopter, the armored tank, and even the alarm clock, none of which came to fruition in his lifetime.
Remaining today are at least 6,000 pages of his drawings and notes on everything from astronomy to anatomy — mostly written backward, decipherable only in a mirror.
When he died, he apologized “to God and Man for leaving so much undone.”
He was the youngest of the Beatles and he joined the band when he was only 14. In the early days, he was crowded out of the limelight by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and he was only granted two tracks on an album.
When the band split in 1970, he finally recorded and released songs that had been unused - he had enough material for the triple album, All Things Must Pass .
His memoir, I Me Mine (also the title of a Beatles’ song he wrote), was published in 1980, and is dedicated “to gardeners everywhere.” George became know more for his guitar playing, interest in spirituality and support of causes, most famously evidenced by his Concert for Bangladesh.
"Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."
Colette(born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette), author of more than 50 novels, the best known being Gigi. When she died in 1954 at 81 years old, she was the first woman in the history of France to be given a state funeral — 6,000 people filed by her casket and covered it in flowers.
It’s the birthday of Virginia Woolf, born Virginia Stephen in London, England (1882).
After the death of both her parents, she moved with her siblings into the unfashionable — and cheap — neighborhood of Bloomsbury, which soon became the literary and intellectual center of England.
Woolf’s brother hosted evening meetings that came to include D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, and others.
Woolf suffered most of her life from bouts of depression, and one doctor prescribed long walks as a remedy. It was on these walks that she conceived of many of her novels, including Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927). These novels employed a new brand of stream of consciousness, distinct from James Joyce and others.
"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of."
whose birthday is today, 12/16, born in the village of Steventon, Hampshire, England in 1775, the seventh of eight children and the second daughter.
Her first published work was Sense and Sensibility, in 1811. She was widely read in her lifetime (Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Persuasion) but published all her books as “A Lady,” rather than giving her name.
Her health began to decline in 1816, and she died in 1817, possibly of Addison’s disease, lymphoma, or — as has recently been suggested — arsenic poisoning.
Five decades later, her nephew published A Memoir of Jane Austen (1869), which generated widespread interest in his aunt and led to the reprinting of her novels. It touched off a sort of mania for Jane Austen in the 1880s, known as “Austenolatry.” But it wasn’t until the 1940s — more than 100 years after she died — that Austen’s work became the focus of substantial academic scholarship.
"The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself."
Today is the birthday of someone who never celebrated Thanksgiving. Poet and artist WILLIAM BLAKE was born in London in 1757).
He started seeing visions when he was a young boy — God in the window, angels in trees.
He apprenticed to an engraver, and spent his life as a little-known printmaker and poet.
Blake set up an exhibition of his art in his brother’s shop and called it “Poetical and Historical Inventions.” He left the show up for a year, but not many people attended, and not a single piece of art was sold.
An 1863 book, Life of William Blake was published quoted many of Blake’s poems, and included his illustrations and was hugely popular, and for the first time, Blake was considered a major English poet.
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
Born November 9, 1934, this birthday boy, astronomer, astrophysicist, and author attributes his success in the sciences to the fact that his parents introduced him “simultaneously to skepticism and to wonder.”
"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
When Dylan Thomas went on his fourth reading tour of the United States in 1953, he was deep into his alcoholism. He was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning just as the tour began and told his doctor, “I’ve had 18 straight whiskeys. I think that’s the record.”
He died a few days later. One of his last poems is “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” - a poem in the villanelle form about the death of his father.
Dylan Marlais Thomas was born on October 27, 1914, in South Wales at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea.
October 19, 1962: Happy 51st birthday, Tracy Chevalier. Her best-selling novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, was based on a painting by Johannes Vermeer. The writer bought a poster of the painting as a teenager.