September

September 2nd – Romare Bearden

“The artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs.” Romare Bearden Born September 2, 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bearden grew up in New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His father, Howard Bearden, was a pianist, and his mother, Bessye… Read More September 2nd – Romare Bearden

September 4th – Richard Wright

“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” Richard Wright Author Richard Wright was born September 4th, 1908, on a Mississippi Plantation twenty-two miles east of Natchez. Wright outlines his terrible childhood in his memoir Black Boy, published in 1945, including his father abandoning his… Read More September 4th – Richard Wright

September 5th – Tomie dePaola

“A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they’re often the first art a young person sees.” Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola was born on September 5th, 1934 in Meriden, Connecticut. His father was a barber, his mother a homemaker, and he had one brother, Joseph (nicknamed Buddy),… Read More September 5th – Tomie dePaola

September 9 – Leo Tolstoy

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” Leo Tolstoy Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born September 9th, 1828 at his family’s estate near Tula, Russia. His parents, who were of noble lineage, died while Tolstoy was young, and he was brought up by relatives. He received an extensive education throughout his childhood, but… Read More September 9 – Leo Tolstoy

September 12 – Valerie Tripp

 “…the universe is full of the information you need – you just have to begin to pay attention to it!”  Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is a children’s book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series, of which she is the most prolific author. She was born on September 12, 1951, in… Read More September 12 – Valerie Tripp

September 18th – Samuel Johnson

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.”  Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson was born September 18th, 1709. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, he was “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.” His father was a bookseller, and Samuel was… Read More September 18th – Samuel Johnson

September 20th – Upton Sinclair

“All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescabably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.” Upton Sinclair Upton Beall Sinclair Jr was born September 20, 1878 in Baltimore Maryland. His father was a liquor salesman, and an alcoholic. His father’s family was also from the South, and had lost their money after the Civil… Read More September 20th – Upton Sinclair

September 26th – T.S. Eliot

“Unsatisfied desires can play a most important part in keeping the soul alive and urging one higher,”  T.S. Eliot – letter to Emily Hale Thomas Sterns Eliot was born on September 26 1888 in St. Louis Missouri, to a prominent family from New England. The youngest of six surviving children, Eliot lived his first sixteen… Read More September 26th – T.S. Eliot

September 27th – Jim Thompson

“There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there is only one plot – things are not as they seem.”  Jim Thompson Jim Thompson was born September 27, 1906 in Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory (a year before Oklahoma officially became a state). Thompson’s early life was the thing of novels.… Read More September 27th – Jim Thompson

September 28th – James Edwin Campbell

James Edwin Campbell was born September 28th, 1867, in Pomeroy, Ohio. He completed his secondary education at Pomeroy Academy in 1884. He taught in Ohio for two years before relocating to West Virginia, where he served as the editor of The Pioneer and West Virginia Enterprise newspapers.  In 1887 his first collection of poetry, Driftings and Gleanings, was published. Campbell… Read More September 28th – James Edwin Campbell

September 30th – Elie Wiesel

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel was born on September 30th, 1928, in Sighet, in the Kingdom of Romania. His parents, Sarah and Shlomo, were Jewish, and through studying Hebrew, the Torah, and reading literature, they instilled in… Read More September 30th – Elie Wiesel

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