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APM: The Writer's Almanac



This day in literary history



Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600

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The Writer's Almanac

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Friday's Poem: "Sonnet 43: How do I love thee, let me count the ways" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Friday's Literary Notes: It's the birthday of the man who wrote the songs "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," and "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love": Cole Porter, born in Peru, Indiana (1891). Most of his great songs were written within a 10-year period: between his first popular Broadway musical, Paris (1928)—his first musicals had been complete flops—and a terrible riding accident in 1937. Porter was at a party at the New York home of the Countess Edith di Zoppola when his horse rolled and crushed his legs. He claimed that he didn't realize how badly he was hurt and that while someone ran for help he finished up the lyrics to "You Never Know." But he was in fact seriously injured—the doctors insisted that his right leg be amputated, maybe his left as well. Porter refused. He preferred to be in intense pain than be missing a leg.


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