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December 18 Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls
  On this day in 1946, Damon Runyon's ashes were scattered over Broadway by his son, from a plane flown by Eddie Rickenbacker. Runyon arrived in New York at the age of thirty to be a sportswriter; it was on Broadway that he and his characters -- Harry the Horse, the Lemon Drop Kid, Last Card Louie -- tested Runyon's crapshoot worldview: "All of life is six to five against."
December 17 Ford Madox Ford's "Saddest Story"
  On this day in 1873 Ford Madox Ford was born; and on this day in 1913, his fortieth birthday, Ford "sat down to show what I could do -- and The Good Soldier resulted." Most critics rank The Good Soldier as the best of his three dozen novels; many agree with Martin Seymour-Smith that Ford is "one of the dozen greatest novelists of the century," and that "it is time he had some of the praise that has been so willingly lavished on his contemporaries."
December 16 Potter's First Peter Rabbit
  On this day in 1901 Beatrix Potter published The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Having been turned down by a half-dozen publishers, Potter financed this first edition herself -- 250 copies with her own black and white illustrations, given away or sold at a half-penny each because, as she put it, "little rabbits cannot afford to spend 6 shillings."

December 18, 2017
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