January 29

Birthdays: Thomas Paine (1737), Anton Chekhov (1860), Romain Rolland (1866), Vincente Blasco Ibanez (1867), Bill Peet (1915), Paddy Chayefsky (1923), Edward Abbey (1927), Christopher Collier (1930), Germaine Greer (1939), Robin Morgan (1941), Rosemary Wells (1943), Olga Tokarczuk (1962)

Quote: “Be sure not to discuss your hero’s state of mind. Make it clear from his actions. Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekov (defined one of the most enduring and popular literary devices “Chekholv’s Gun” – the writer unobtrusively introduces an object early on in the story—but its significance does not become clear until much later.)

Paddy Chayefsky won three Academy Awards for his original screenplays for “Marty”, “The Hospital”, and “Network”

Romain Rolland won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915.

Vincent Ibanez is mostly known for Hollywood adaptations of his works.

Bill Peet was a childrens’ author and illustrator and also a writer for Disney.

Christopher Collier was a Pulitzer nominee and Newbery Honor winner.

Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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