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July 23 Thoreau, Taxes, Disobedience
  On this day in 1846, Henry David Thoreau was jailed for not paying his poll tax. Thoreau was almost exactly half-way through his Walden stay, and had come to Concord to pick up a shoe at the cobblers; this came to the attention of Sam Staples, tax collector and warden of the county jail, who was under orders from the town fathers to confront and, if necessary, confine this most contrary of its sons.
July 22 O'Neill's Long Day's Journey
  On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey Into Night to his wife, Carlotta, with a touching dedication. He later instructed his wife and his publisher that the play could not be printed until 25 years after his death, and not performed ever -- instructions which Carlotta overrode almost as soon as she got the chance.
July 21 Robert Burns as "Dirt and Deity"
  On this day in 1796 Robert Burns died in Dumfries, Scotland, at the age of thirty-seven. This was a decade, almost to the day, of the publication of Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Kilmarnock edition), the collection which caused Burns to be as "ploughman poet" in Scotland and then around the world; some friends and early biographers blamed the fame for the death.

July 23, 2016
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