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May 29 Masters and Spoon River
  On this day in 1914 the first installment of Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology appeared, with the full 244 "epitaphs," published in book form in 1916. Despite fears of a backlash due to his realistic and unflattering view of life in a Midwest village, the book was an instant hit, and the national praise so outdid the local anger that Masters was eventually able to give up legal practice and become a full time writer.
May 28 The Death of Anne Bronte
  On this day in 1849 Anne Bronte died of tuberculosis, the third death in eight months among the Bronte siblings. The standard view of Anne is that she had less talent than her sisters, and was cut from a plainer cloth: Charlotte was dominant and ambitious, Emily was odd and reclusive, Anne was meek and churchy. More recent biographers have challenged this group portrait.
May 27 Rachel Carson's Sense of Wonder
  On this day in 1907 Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Her homestead is now a museum and educational center, though it includes only one of the sixty-five acres upon which Carson learned the life-lesson that she would teach the world: "The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea, and sky, and their amazing life."

May 29, 2015
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