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June 19 Frankenstein, Milton & the Computer [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1816 the Shelleys, Lord Byron and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein. The byways of literature being what they are, this most legendary of storm-tossed evenings has connections backwards to John Milton and forward to the language of computer programming.
June 18 John Cheever at Home [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1982 John Cheever died at the age of seventy, in Ossining, New York. While alive, critics were calling him "the Chekhov of the suburbs"; in their obituary notice, the hometown paper found a comparison to a Russian, but not Chekhov: "Cheever was as closely associated with Ossining as Emerson with Concord, or Tolstoy with Yasnaya Polyana."
June 17 White's King Arthur [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1938 T. H. White's The Sword in the Stone was published, the first volume in the eventual quartet known as The Once and Future King. Although mindful of the quest archetypes, White's version of Sir Thomas Malory's version of the King Arthur legends takes its own wandering, anachronistic and quirky path, often suggesting Monty Python more than Malory.

June 24, 2017
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