On This Day Christopher Marlowe


On this day, playwright Christopher Marlowe was born, supposedly. Born February 6, 1564 and without a doubt baptized on February 26, 1564. He was a renowned playwright ad poet of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was a major influence to William Shakespeare (born two months after Marlowe). And other generations of writers.

Dr. Faustus, was his greatest work (and one I must read someday). Which was also used as a bit of poking fun in the movie Shakespeare in Love (loved that movie).

As well as being a poet and playwright, Christopher Marlowe was also rumored to be a spy. He’d later died at the early age of 29 on May 30, 1593.

Happy Birthday Christopher Marlowe! And to celebrate, here’s a reading of his poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” You can read the full poem on Poets.org.

Who do you think was the better playwright and poet, Marlowe or Shakespeare? Read any of Marlowe’s works? Have a favorite poem or play? Why?


On This Day January 25th…Guiding Light

There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own.-Edwin Markham

Last year I did a series of “Did You Know” and “On This Day” posts. Posts honoring men, women  and writing/publishing related events. In particular for Black History Month. As well as Women’s History Month. Well, it’s back again, this time all year around. Featuring local, national and international events. And today’s event in history is sure to be a doozie. If you’re a soap fan that is, especially this one.
On this day, January 25th, the first broadcast of The Guiding Light (shortened to Guiding Light in 1975) aired on NBC Radio in 1937? The series was first created by actress and writer Irna Phillips. In fact Ms. Phillips was the soap’s chief writer for 21 years. Before she transferred to sister soap As the World Turns in 1958. Another soap she created. And for a bit of trivia, her protege Agnes Nixon, took over as head writer after Ms. Phillips transfer. And later went on to create the soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live.

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It’s the third week of Women History Month and it’s another ‘on this day’ post. Today’s event is about a book. But it also keeps in the theme of previous posts because of the author. So, did you know that on this day in 1852 the novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published?

Harriet Beecher Stowe, an active abolitionist, wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” And it was published on March 20, 1852. It became a worldwide best-selling book of the 19th century. The overarching theme of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was the evils of slavery.

It also portrayed the power and influence of women in creating social change. As seen with Harriet Beecher Stowe herself. As the popularity of her novel became attributed to the split between the North and South. And causing the Civil War.

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It’s the second week of Women’s History Month. And for today’s post I have another “on this day” event. Did you know that on this day is the anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s death? Susan B. Anthony was a suffragist, abolitionist, author and speaker. She was also the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

She was born in a Quaker household on February 15 1820 and later became a teacher.  In the mid-1840s, her father’s business failed. And she moved back in to help her family to a farm in Rochester, New York. Her family farm later became a base for abolitionist leaders such as Frederick Douglass. Continue reading