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February 1 Byron's Corsair
  On this day in 1814 Lord Byron's "The Corsair" was published, selling out its entire first run of 10,000 copies. The poem was one of a handful of melodramatic verse-tales written by Byron between 1812-16, a period in which he was not only at the height of poetic fame in England but at the center of a swirl of attraction and repulsion.
January 31 Salinger's Holden Stories
  On this day in 1948, J. D. Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" was published in the New Yorker; in the same magazine, on the same day in 1953, Salinger's "Teddy" also appeared. These are the first and last selections in Nine Stories (1953), Salinger's only collection. "Bananafish" introduces Seymour Glass, one of the many that Salinger would cast in the Holden mold and predicament.
January 30 Pound, Politics, Poetry
  On this day in 1933 Ezra Pound met with Benito Mussolini. This was a brief, one-time talk, but it would bring out the worst in Pound's personality and lead to personal disaster. It would also inspire some of the best of modern poetry -- the Bollingen Prize-winning Pisan Cantos, written while Pound was in detention, charged with treason.

February 1, 2015
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