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February 14 Wilde, Earnest, Disaster [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1895 Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest opened in London. Wilde called his play a "Trivial Comedy for Serious People," and the opening night reviewers concurred: "There is no discordant note of seriousness. It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen." For Wilde himself, it was the beginning of the end.
February 13 "So It Goes" [premium membership required]
  On the evening of this day in 1945, British and U.S. planes began the 48-hour bombing of Dresden, Germany. Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is the most famous fictional record of what resulted -- a firestorm that destroyed 85% of the city and killed 135,000 people. Vonnegut "got about five dollars for each corpse," he said, and a life-long desire to prevent such things from ever happening again.
February 12 Lincoln and Sandburg [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1809 Abraham Lincoln was born, and on this day in 1926 Carl Sandburg's two-volume biography, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years was published. Sandburg researched, wrote and talked about Lincoln his entire life, and he clearly felt not only a cornhusker's affinity with the man but a poet's mission with the book.

February 22, 2018
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