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October 28 Thoreau Gets Week Back
  On this day in 1853, Henry David Thoreau received back from his publisher the 706 unsold copies (out of 1000 printed) of his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, published four years earlier at his own expense. In his journal later the same day, the ever-resilient Thoreau described his "purchase" as "a library of nearly nine hundred volumes, over seven hundred of which I wrote myself."
October 27 Jacob's Room
  On this day in 1922 Virginia Woolf's Jacob's Room was published. This was the first full-length book put out by the Woolfs' Hogarth Press, with a Post-Impressionistic cover designed by sister Vanessa. It was "a new form for a new novel," wrote Woolf before starting; afterwards, she felt confident "that I have found out how to begin (at 40) to say something in my own voice," and that "Either I am a great writer or a nincompoop."
October 26 Andersen as Ugly Duckling
  On this day in 1822, seventeen-year-old Hans Christian Andersen enrolled in school, taking his place in a second form classroom of eleven-year-olds. Andersen's school experiences would lead to a gallery of outcast and misfit heros in his stories, and though his own life would take fairytale shape, he had lifelong nightmares of mocking laughter and of headmaster Meisling, "in front of whom I stood miserable and awkward."

October 28, 2016
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