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February 7 Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre
  On this day in 1885 Sinclair Lewis was born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. The argument which Lewis had with his hometown is celebrated not only in Lewis's Main Street but in a forgotten memoir by his first wife, With Love from Gracie. This includes the funny story of how the newlyweds escaped from town in a Model T Ford turned into a camper-van; it also tries to figure what made Lewis such a driven, discontented man.
February 6 Chandler, Marlowe, The Big Sleep
  On this day in 1939, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep was published. Chandler was fifty-one, an ex-oil company executive who had taken up writing at the age of forty-five after being fired for alcohol-inspired absenteeism. This was his first novel, and the first of seven featuring the ever-inimitable and much-copied Philip Marlowe.
February 5 Blixen, McCullers, Marilyn Monroe
  On this day in 1959, Carson McCullers hosted a small luncheon party in order that seventy-four-year-old Baroness Karen Blixen-Finecke (Isak Dinesen) could meet Marilyn Monroe. By all accounts, the three women hit it off wonderfully -- though Arthur Miller says the legend of them dancing together on the marble-topped dinner table is an exaggeration.

February 7, 2016
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