Most of you know one of my less than secret vices is my love for second hand book stores. I recently found this little gem, that gives day by day references to the literary scene. Naturally I turned to my blog day, October 3rd. And here are the surprising notations for that day.
October 3rd, 1849. During electioneering in Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe is kept drunk by a gang of political hacks who have him vote repeatedly in the polls. In four days he is dead.
October 3rd, 1895. Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage is published in book form.
October 3rd, 1900. Novelist Thomas Wolfe is born in Asheville, Tennessee. He will later complain: "I can find plenty of women to sleep with but the kind of woman that is really hard for me to find is a typist who can my handwriting."
October 3, 1925. Gore Vidal, novelist, playwright and politician, is born in West Point, New York.
On my own birthday, the most interesting quote was from Henry Adams, author of The Education of Henry Adams, who was born on that day. He says of himself, "I wanted to look like an American Voltaire or Gibbon, but am slowly settling down to be a third-rate Boswell looking for a Dr. Johnson."
Somehow I found that touching. But for this day in October, I found the information about Edgar Allan Poe to be both distressing and poignant.
If you want to know what the book says about your birthday, send me the date in a comment. I don't need the year, just the day. I'll post your days' comments right away.