Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 24th Birthdays:

Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco, (1783-1830) Another revolutionary who turned out to be a Mason.

Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-1870) playwright and novelist. Grandson of a French nobleman and a Haitian slave. The count of Monte Christo, The Three Musketeers, etc.

Alfons Maria Mucha (1860-1939) Art Nouveau, oh oh oh.

Frank Wedekind (1864-1918) playwright - his first, called 'Spring Awakening" had homoeroticism, implied group male masturbation, actual male masturbation, sado-masochism between a teenage boy and girl, rape, suicide, and references to abortion. It was, of course, turned into a musical in 2006 (8 Tonys!). Then there's the two Lulu plays, a movie, and an opera...

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany- writer who published under Lord Dunsany. He wrote fantasy, horror, and sci-fi stories. A young stevil stumbled upon his story, "Two Bottles of Relish". stevil was very happy. He finally found someone who understood.

Robert Graves (1895-1985) author, translator, poet. The White Goddess. I, Claudius & Claudius the God. etc. A further influence to young stevil's perception of history as myth and myth as history.

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) - aviator. I wonder what ever became of her? Hiliary Swank played her in a recent movie.

Chief Dan George (Geswanouth Slahoot) (1899-1981) - actor
Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't.

Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) - F. Scott's wife / artist.

Bella Abzug (1920-1998) - congresswoman / feminist

1 comment:

Austan said...

Zelda. I still haven't finished Save Me the Waltz...