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APM: The Writer's Almanac

This day in literary history

Published: Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600

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The Writer's Almanac

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Sunday's Poem: "Folding My Clothes" by Julia Alvarez from Homecoming: New and Collected Poems. Sunday's Literary Notes: It's the birthday of German composer Richard Strauss, born in Munich in 1864. He's known for writing what he called "tone poems" inspired by literary characters. He wrote Don Juan (1889) and Don Quixote (1897), and operas too, of course. In 1905, he wrote the opera Salome, based on the play by Oscar Wilde. He said, "I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer."

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