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October 21 For Whom the Bell Tolls
  On this day in 1940 Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls was published. It had been over a decade since A Farewell to Arms, and though there had been a handful of books during that time, the critics had not thought much of them. About this one, many agreed with Edmund Wilson: "Hemingway the artist is with us again; and it is like having an old friend back."
October 20 Pooh Too Hummy
  On this day in 1928 Dorothy Parker, under her pen name, Constant Reader, reviewed A. A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner in The New Yorker, with predictable, now-famous, results: ". . . And it is that word 'hummy,' my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
October 19 Millay: "Rapture & Melancholy"
  On this day in 1950 Edna St. Vincent Millay died, aged fifty-eight. As a teenager she suspected that "I am, incarnate, rapture and melancholy..."; when she was found at the bottom of the stairs in her home, dead from a fall, the notebook beside her had three lines circled from the draft of a recent poem: "I will control myself, or go inside. / I will not flaw perfection with my grief. / Handsome, this day: no matter who has died."

October 21, 2017
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