Once, while at the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome, I tried to give lectures, but one woman constantly blinded me with a camera flash, which prevented me from concentrating on my notes. I said that while I was working, they should stop working, because of the division of labour. The woman turned off her camera but clearly felt pained.
On 14 November 1907, the famous Swedish children’s writer Astrid Lindgren was born. She created such memorable characters as Pippi Longstocking, Emil i Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, the Six Bullerby Children, The Brothers Lionheart and many others.
Exactly 170 years ago, on November 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was born. The internationally respected author was a favourite with young and old lovers of literature.
The post comes to us nightly, we hail the post with glee –
For now we’re not as many as once we used to be:
For some have done their fighting, packed up and gone away,
And many lads are sleeping – no sound will break their sleeping;
Brave lusty comrades sleeping in their little homes of clay. ~ Irish poet Patrick MacGill.
The Norwegian author Knut Hamsun (1859 – 1952) was thoroughly deserving of the Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to him in 1920. A handsome and debonair gentleman, Hamsun was described as the Soul of Norway by the venerable King Haakon XII of Norway.
The coastlines of nations bordering the Mediterranean have stayed pretty much as they always were. However, one man’s vision might have radically altered the map of Europe for the better had World War Two not intervened.