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July 4 Charles Dodgson's Alice
  On this day in 1862, while rowing on the Thames at Oxford, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) began to tell the three Liddell sisters the story that would become Alice in Wonderland. Alice, the ten-year-old middle sister, was so taken with the improvised story that she badgered Dodgson to complete it; when he had it done two and a half years later he presented it to her, with his own illustrations and bound in leather, as a Christmas gift.
July 3 The Kafkas in Prague
  On this day in 1883, Franz Kafka was born in Prague. Few writers have been so closely linked to their home and city, or made so much from it, as Kafka. But for the months spent in sanitariums and a half-year with a girlfriend, and despite the psychological torture it inflicted, he lived at home with his parents all his life.
July 2 The Hemingways and Suicide
  On this day in 1961 Ernest Hemingway committed suicide at the age of 61. There have been 5 suicides in the Hemingway family over 4 generations -- father Clarence; siblings Ursula, Leicester and Ernest; granddaughter Margaux. The generation skipped was just barely: Hemingway's youngest son, Gregory, died as a transsexual named Gloria, of causes that put a lot of strain on the term "natural."

July 4, 2015
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