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January 16 Robert Service's Yukon Gold
  On this day in 1874 Robert Service -- "the Kipling of Canada" -- was born in Preston, England. When he was twenty-one, Service quit his bank job in Glasgow and emigrated to Canada; his three winters in White Horse were the "incubation of all worth while in my life" -- daily snowshoes into "the Great White Silence" breathing "below-zero air as bracing as champagne" and composing millionaire-making poems.
January 15 The Mandelstams: Hope Against Hope
  On this day in 1891 the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam was born. While by no means the only writer driven to death by Stalin's Reign of Terror, Mandelstam became the symbol of all those so destroyed. This is partly because of his poetry -- most rank him among the best Russian poets, some among the best of all 20th century poets -- and partly because of his wife, who salvaged his work and told his story in her memoir, Hope Against Hope.
January 14 Doctor Dolittle & Pushmi-Pullyu Politics
  On this day in 1886 Hugh Lofting, writer of the Doctor Dolittle series, was born. Dab-Dab, Gub-Gub, Too-Too, Jip, Polynesia, et al. of Puddlesby-by-the-Marsh were originally created in Lofting's letters home to his children from the Front in WWI. Being "the first real children's classic since Alice" did not prevent some recent, politically correct editors from making adjustments, however.

January 16, 2018
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