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April 18 Chaucer's Pilgrims
  On this day (or possibly the next) in 1394, Geoffrey Chaucer's twenty-nine pilgrims met at the Tabard Inn in Southwark to prepare for their departure to Canterbury. Chaucer's intention was to have his pilgrims arrive on Easter morning, after a fifty-five-mile hike through a pleasant English springtime; the pilgrims never made it, though the poetry endures.
April 17 Looking For Sister Carrie
  On this day in 1981 the University of Pennsylvania Press issued their edition of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie, in which some 40,000 words are restored to the text and various changes to the original manuscript are reversed. Far from settling the issue, the Pennsylvania edition provided yet another chapter to one of the most famous and controversial stories in American book publishing.
April 16 Lessing's Golden Notebook
  On this day in 1962, Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook was published. It is the most highly-praised and still the best-selling of her two-dozen books. Lessing described it as an attempt "to break certain forms of consciousness and go beyond them"; she also said that the novel became "an albatross" hung around her neck by a feminist misreading.

April 18, 2015
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