Yea, all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten.
H. Rider Haggard
Long before J.K. Rowling introduced readers to the villainous He-who-must-not-be-named, English writer H. Rider Haggard (born June 22, 1856) gave us She-who-must-be-obeyed, an ancient queen and sorceress, in his 1886 adventure novel, She.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
American author Erich Segal (born June 16, 1937) is best known for his 1970 romance, Love Story—he wrote the popular novel and the screenplay for the hit film adaptation. Not so successful? The 1978 sequel, Oliver’s Story. That movie was advertised with this tagline: “It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special.”
Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny.
Happy birthday, Gregory Maguire! A year after his bestselling novel Wicked was published, composer Stephen Schwartz stumbled across it on vacation in Hawaii. He fell in love, convinced Maguire to give him the stage production rights, and got to work. Wicked, the musical, premiered in 1998 and is now the tenth longest running show in Broadway history.
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
May 21,1910: On this day, French novelist Colette (born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) began to publish her novel The Vagabond in serial form. The book focused on women’s independence in a male society and received three votes for the Prix Goncourt, a prestigious French literary award.
We all have a Monster within; the difference is in degree, not in kind.
Happy birthday, Douglas Preston! The bestselling novelist comes pretty close to being a real-life Indiana Jones. A former instructor at Princeton University, he’s been on adventures all over the world. One of the most impressive? A journey into an ancient Egyptian burial chamber that had not been explored for over 3,000 years.