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March 26 Weighing Whitman
  On this day in 1892 Walt Whitman died. The high and controversial emotions which surrounded Whitman in life attended his death: in the same issue that carried his obituary, the New York Times declared that he could not be called "a great poet unless we deny poetry to be an art," while one funeral speech declared that "He walked among men, among writers, among verbal varnishers and veneerers, among literary milliners and tailors, with the unconscious majesty of an antique god."
March 25 Howl Heard in Court
  On this day in 1957, U.S. Customs agents seized 520 copies of Allen Ginsberg's Howl on the grounds of obscenity. Ginsberg and his lawyers were not hopeful when they learned that the trial judge was a Sunday school teacher who had recently sentenced five shoplifters to a screening of The Ten Commandments, but the ruling was unequivocally for the poem.
March 24 Twain Burned By Longfellow Roast
  On this day in 1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died, at the age of seventy-five. Longfellow was the most popular, venerated and taught American poet of his day. Such a pedestal invited comedy, or so Mark Twain thought until he tried to satirize Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes before a crowd of their fans.

March 26, 2017
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