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1852 – Alexandre Dumas fils Le Dame aux Camelias, premieres in Paris
1870 – Mark Twain, 34, marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira, New York
1882 – James Joyce, Irish author (d. 1941)
1907 – W H Auden is born York England (d. 1973)
1922 – James Joyce’s Ulysses published in Paris (1,000 copies)
1923 – James Dickey, American poet and author (d. 1997)
1931 – Judith Viorst, American author

singing the song of angry men • The great-great-grandson of Victor Hugo said he was bitterly disappointed after his six-year battle to ban a modern sequel to Les Misérables was ended by France’s highest appeal court.

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