In Celebration of Writers


As you guys know, I like to celebrate writers’ birthdays. Usually the dates sneak up on me and I end up putting together a very short blog post about them to commemorate their birth. I’ve looked online before for comprehensive lists of authors’ birthdays, but never managed to find one I liked. I was going to start one of my own, but a last search today finally brought up what I think is probably the best one I’ve found. Library Booklists and Bibliographies has an extensive listing of authors’ dates of birth, arranged by month, and then by day. They also have some other very intriguing lists: Fiction Set in Maine, Drowned Towns in Fiction, Golf in Crime Fiction, the amusing-sounding Murder By Toaster: Mysteries With Surprisingly Lethal Weapons, among others. Interestingly, I’ve been working on a short story that features a drowned town. Hopefully now I can do something for some of my favorite authors’ birthdays in time to write up slightly better tributes to them. Anyway, take a look. There’s lots of good information that could spark something.

As it happens, today is the birthday of not only Edward St. John Gorey, godfather of goth, with his Gashleycrumb Tinies, but also poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. In keeping with the sometimes ghoulish feel of my blog, I chose this poem of Ms. Millay’s to share with you:

The Little Ghost

I knew her for a little ghost
That in my garden walked;
The wall is high—higher than most—
And the green gate was locked.

And yet I did not think of that
Till after she was gone—
I knew her by the broad white hat,
All ruffled, she had on.

By the dear ruffles round her feet,
By her small hands that hung
In their lace mitts, austere and sweet,
Her gown’s white folds among.

I watched to see if she would stay,
What she would do—and oh!
She looked as if she liked the way
I let my garden grow!

She bent above my favourite mint
With conscious garden grace,
She smiled and smiled—there was no hint
Of sadness in her face.

She held her gown on either side
To let her slippers show,
And up the walk she went with pride,
The way great ladies go.

And where the wall is built in new
And is of ivy bare
She paused—then opened and passed through
A gate that once was there.

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6 thoughts on “In Celebration of Writers

  1. Hi Berit! Thanks for coming by.

    Ah, that would be my still-in-progress ghost story 🙂 I’ve got too many things going at once, and I keep flitting from one to another. I need to just finish something!

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  2. DD, I just fell in love with that poem. Thanks so much for posting it, and the other links. I’ll have to check them out. I do always get a kick how many novels take place in Main. And how many authors seem to come from there.

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  3. Something about that rocky Maine coast just draws writers. I’ve never been up there myself, even after all the years I lived in MA. I think the farthest north I ever went was New Hampshire! Writers and artists alike for some reason are drawn to the seeming corners of the world. Perfect setting of course for any sort of gothic/supernatural/horror stories (even Dark Shadows! 🙂 )

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  4. Maine is an incredible state, scenery-wise. If you can get down there at any time, you definitely should. I’m sure they have tons of charming, and reasonably priced B&B’s to stay in.

    LOVE Dark Shadows. 😉

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