Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., an American writer, was born Nov. 11, 1922. Vonnegut is best known for an anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse Five, which brought him national fame and attention in 1969. But earlier he had written two science fiction novels, and it is these that...

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac, a French writer and playwright, was born Mar. 6, 1619.  Most people know the Cyrano of Edmund Rostand’s 1897 play, the proboscidly-precocious pursuer of the lovely Roxanne, but the real Cyrano was even more interesting, since he was a student...

“It’s Alive!” You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Let’s Consider the Book: Understanding Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Join Lisa Browar, President of the Linda Hall Library, and Jennifer Phegley, Professor and Associate Chair of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, for a discussion of Mary Shelley’s literary legacy.

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David Bowie

David Bowie, a pop music pioneer and actor, was born Jan. 8, 1947. On July 11, 1969, Bowie released a song single called “Space Oddity.” The Apollo 11 lunar mission was just 5 days away, and there seems no doubt that the timing of the release of a song about an astronaut sent into space was intended to capitalize on the space fervor that was rampant in those days. The title of the song was a play on 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film that had appeared just a year earlier. “Space Oddity” is sometimes referred to as “Ground Control to Major Tom,” which is the first line of the lyric…

Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès, a French filmmaker, was born Dec. 8, 1861. Méliès started out as a magician and illusionist, but when he saw a Lumière Brothers cinematograph in 1895, he took an immediate detour into the greatest illusion of them all: film. Unable to buy a cinematograph from the Lumière firm, he built his own. He began making movies in 1896 and eventually made over 500 of them…