Cynan Jones, Mischa Andriessen, John Steinbeck, Ruy Belo, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell, Irwin Shaw

De Welshe schrijver Cynan Jones werd geboren op 27 februari 1975 in Aberystwyth, Wales. Zie ook alle tags voor Cynan Jones op dit blog.

Uit: The Long Dry

“He comes in, scraping his feet on the metal grill outside the back door, not because he needs to, but from habit. Or perhaps it is his announcement—a signal they have always had but never spoken of. They had many of these when they were younger.
She rinses the cafetière and warms the cup with water from the kettle, which she’s boiled several times while she has waited for him. She does not make the coffee. Some things she mustn’t do. She’s threatened by the coffee, about how strong to make it, how it tastes when it is made. He makes coffee every day, just for himself as no one else drinks it. He makes a strong potful of coffee at this time of the morning and it does him for the day, warming up the cupfuls in a pan as they are needed, which makes them stronger as the day goes on. No one else touches the pan. She says it’s why he does not sleep. His first coffee each morning is the remnants of the night before because he does not want to wake the house grinding the beans, and the children sleep above the thin ceiling of the kitchen.
He sits at the table with a loose fist and runs his thumb over the first joint of his forefinger in the way he has, so it makes a quiet purring sound, like rubbing leather.
“What about the dosing?”
“It’ll have to wait,” he says.
He rubs his finger. He does this always at the table, talking or reading a paper, even with the handle of a cup held there, so that this part of his finger is smooth and shines. Whenever he’s at rest.
“I don’t know,” he says. “I’ve checked the obvious places and she’s not there. She’s got her head down and gone.”
He does not tell her about the stillborn calf.
“It’s typical. It has to be today,” she says. “I should have gotten up to check.”
“She would have gone anyway,” he says quietly.
He looks down at the missing part of his little finger on his right hand and makes the sound against his thumb again. She still blames herself for this damage to him. He was trying to free the bailer from the new tractor and she had done something and the catch had just bit down. He takes a mouthful of coffee. It was a clean cut and it healed well and he could have lost his hand instead. That’s how he looks at it. In some ways he loves it.”

Cynan Jones (Aberystwyth, 27 februari 1975)


De Nederlandse dichter Mischa Andriessen werd geboren in Apeldoorn op 27 februari 1970. Zie ook alle tags voor Mischa Andriessen op dit blog.

De vogelkoning

Het zijn normaal jonge jongens.
In de lente verlaten ze hun huizen
halsoverkop, alsof iemand hen riep.
Wie overleeft, herinnert zich niet
wat het was – het zachte wieken
van wijd uitgestrekte vleugels
een stille roep, zoals stenen zingen
in de hoofden van krankzinnigen.
Van sommigen zijn de vaders
eerder gegaan, er is geen kaart
een richting, geen route; soms
komt er een aan, keert terug
naar waar hij eens vertrok
vertelt het na, vervormd, gehavend
kleren tot op de draad kapot
de blik spreekt louter waanzin:
Een arendsnest op de rotsen
weggedraaide ogen, paarse lippen
heel het gastpad afgedwaald
om weer hier te zijn.
De mare wil dat ze luisteren.



Vader stond buiten voor de deur.
De zoon stuurde hem weg, wachtte
lange dagen tot hij terugkwam
verjaagde hem telkens opnieuw
maar keek bij elke terugkeer langer
prentte zijn trekken in als zocht hij
ten slotte iets om zich te kunnen herinneren.
Toen vader toch weer op het tuinpad stond
schoot hij ogenblikkelijk zijn jas aan, ging
naar buiten, trok de deur achter zich dicht.
Ze liepen samen op, kenden de richting.

Mischa Andriessen (Apeldoorn, 27 februari 1970)


De Amerikaanse schrijver John Steinbeck werd geboren in Salinas, Californië, op 27 februari 1902. Zie ook alle tags voor John Steinbeck op dit blog.

Uit: The Grapes of Wrath

“And all the time the farms grew larger and the owners fewer. And there were pitifully few farmers on the land any more. And the imported serfs were beaten and frightened and starved until some went home again, and some grew fierce and were killed or driven from the country. And farms grew larger and the owners fewer.
And the crops changed. Fruit trees took the place of grain fields, and vegetables to feed the world spread out on the bottoms: lettuce, cauliflower, artichokes, potatoes–stoop crops. A man may stand to use a scythe, a plow, a pitchfork; but he must crawl like a bug between the rows of lettuce, he must bend his back and pull his long bag between the cotton rows, he must go on his knees like a penitent across a cauliflower patch.
And it came about that owners no longer worked on their farms. They farmed on paper; and they forgot the land, the smell, the feel of it, and remembered only that they owned it, remembered only what they gained and lost by it. And some of the farms grew so large that one man could not even conceive of them any more, so large that it took batteries of bookkeepers to keep track of interest and gain and loss; chemists to test the soil, to replenish; straw bosses to see that the stooping men were moving along the rows as swiftly as the material of their bodies could stand. Then such a farmer really became a storekeeper, and kept a store. He paid the men, and sold them food, and took the money back. And after a while he did not pay the men at all, and saved bookkeeping. “These farms gave food on credit. A man might work and feed himself; and when the work was done, he might find that he owed money to the company. And the owners not only did not work the farms any more, many of them had never seen the farms they owned.
And then the dispossessed were drawn west–from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico; from Nevada and Arkansas families, tribes, dusted out, tractored out. Carloads, caravans, homeless and hungry; twenty thousand and fifty thousand and a hundred thousand and two hundred thousand.”

John Steinbeck (27 februari 1902 – 20 december 1968)
Poster voor de gelijknamige film uit 1940


De Portugese dichter, vertaler en essayist Ruy de Moura Belo werd geboren op 27 februari 1933 in São João da Ribeira, nabij Rio Maior. Zie ook alle tags voor Ruy Belo op dit blog.

Anniversary Mass

It’s been one year since your steps
last walked in our parish
Where do you who belonged to these fields
whose wheat is again turning ripe
belong now?
What’s your new name?
Can there be a more unusual weekend
than a saturday like this one that never ends?
How do you fill your time
now that all the time ahead of you is free?
What sort of steps might take you
behind the cooing of a dove in our skies?
Why have you never again had a birthday
even though the table is set and waiting for you
and the mulberry trees along the road are in bloom again?

That’s what his voice was like that’s how he talked
says the yellow-flowered broom that grows here
and that saw him walk on the pathways of childhood
next to his first flight of partridges

Now only in our neckties do we take you who are dead
to those paths where you left the mark of your feet
Only in our neckties. Your death
has stopped dressing us up completely
The summer you departed I clearly remember
thinking profound things
It’s summer again. You have ever less place
in this corner of us where every year
we will piously unearth you
Until the death of your death


Vertaald door Richard Zenith

Ruy Belo (27 februari 1933 – 8 augustus 1978)


De Britse dichter en schrijver Lawrence George Durrell werd geboren op 27 februari 1912 in Jalandhar in India. Zie ook alle tags voor Lawrence Durrell op dit blog.

Uit: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

“Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will — whatever we may think. They flower spontaneously out of the demands of our natures — and the best of them lead us not only outwards in space, but inwards as well. Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection … These thoughts belong to Venice at dawn, seen from the deck of the ship which is to carry me down through the islands to Cyprus; a Venice wobbling in a thousand fresh-water reflections, cool as a jelly. It was as if some great master, stricken by dementia, had burst his whole colour-box against the sky to deafen the inner eye of the world. Cloud and water mixed into each other, dripping with colours, merging, overlapping, liquefying, with steeples and balconies and roofs floating in space, like the fragments of some stained-glass window seen through a dozen veils of ricepaper. Fragments of history touched with the colours of wine, tar, ochre, blood, fire-opal and ripening grain. The whole at the same time being rinsed softly back at the edges into a dawn sky as softly as circumspectly blue as a pigeon’s egg. Mentally I held it all, softly as an abstract painting, cradling it in my thoughts — the whole encampment of cathedrals and palaces, against the sharply-focused face of Stendhal as he sits forever upon a stiff-backed chair at Florian’s sipping wine: or on that of a Corvo, flitting like some huge fruit-bat down these light-bewitched alleys … The pigeons swarm the belfries. I can hear their wings across the water like the beating of fans in a great summer ballroom. The vaporetto on the Grand Canal beats too, softly as a human pulse, faltering and renewing itself after every hesitation which marks a landing-stage. The glass palaces of the Doges are being pounded in a crystal mortar, strained through a prism. Venice will never be far from me in Cyprus — for the lion of Saint Mark still rides the humid airs of Famagusta, of Kyrenia. It is an appropriate point of departure for the traveller to the eastern Levant … But heavens, it was cold. Down on the grey flagged quay I had noticed a coffee-stall which sold glasses of warm milk and croissants. It was immediately opposite the gang-plank, so that I was in no danger of losing my ship. A small dark man with a birdy eye served me wordlessly, yawning in my face, so that in sympathy I was forced to yawn too. I gave him the last of my liras. There were no seats, but I made myself comfortable on an upended barrel and, breaking my bread into the hot milk, fell into a sleepy contemplation of Venice from this unfamiliar angle of vision across the outer harbour. A tug sighed and spouted a milky jet upon the nearest cloud.”

Lawrence Durrell (27 februari 1912 – 7 november 1990)


De Canadese dichter, schrijver en essayist André Roy werd geboren op 27 februari 1944 in Montréal. Zie ook alle tags van André Roy op dit blog.

Het is nog nacht

Het is nog nacht
de actieve droom,
de machine van actie;
de nacht in de bossen, de woestijnen, de steden.
Ik droomde van twee werelden:
een, zichtbaar en sterfelijk;
de andere, onzichtbaar, met fantomen
moe sinds de geboorte.
Ik observeer, ik zie de dans van de tijd,
de criminelen die ’s nachts terugkwamen.


In de nacht houden wij ons op

In de nacht houden wij ons op
jij, ik, wij, de anderen, die zijn zoals wij.
Nogmaals de actie,
de structuur van het denken in actie.
Moderne wereld van bossen en water.
Je behoort tot de reizende kooplieden,
onze voorouders de vampieren.
De steden, de huizen, de bedden,
waar we ons mysterieus, onmogelijk,
onsterfelijk waanden
wat een waanzin!
Het verlangen stroomt;
we zouden onszelf kunnen doden
voor de kennis van het verlangen.


Vertaald door Frans Roumen

André Roy (Montréal, 27 februari 1944)


De Duitse schrijfster en dichteres Elisabeth Borchers werd geboren in Homberg op 27 februari 1926. . Zie ook alle tags voor Elisabeth Borchers op dit blog.

Niemand behaupte

Niemand behaupte
ich sei taub.
Allabendlich höre ich
die Unrast der Sterne.

Niemand behaupte
ich sei blind oder lahm.
Ich nehme Stock und Stein
bis zum jähen Ereignis.

Niemand behaupte
ich hätte zu träumen versäumt.
Ich werde nicht nach Tibet reisen
und auch nicht nach Tanger.
Mir träumte
ich fände den Weg
nicht zurück.


An ein Kind

Wenn wir lange genug warten,
dann wird es kommen.
Heute noch, fragt das Kind.
Heut oder morgen. Ein Schiff,
mußt du wissen, braucht Zeit.
So weit und breit wie das Meer.
Dann bist du groß.
Dann steigen wir ein
und machen die Reise.
Zusammen. Wir beide.
Und jeder auf seine Weise.

Elisabeth Borchers (27 februari 1926 – 25 september 2013)


De Amerikaanse schrijver James Thomas Farrell werd geboren op 27 februari 1904 in Chicago. Zie ook alle tags voor James T. Farrell op dit blog.

Uit: Father and Son

“When he’d come home, Bill was there, white and scared. But he hadn’t hit him. He’d talked to Bill like a father. Lizz had gone to see McCarthy, the police sergeant whose boys played with Bill and Danny, and McCarthy had quashed it all. He’d paid for the pocketbook, and it was all forgotten. After that, Bill had settled down. Now, you couldn’t want for a decenter boy. He looked at his leathery face in the mirror. He washed it, dried himself, cleaned out the wash bowl, and left the bathroom. He put on his khaki shirt, passed through the small hallway to the dining room, and was ready to eat. The dining-room table was covered with dishes and papers. In the center of it there was a large glass cake-dish, which contained crumbs and a stale chunk of cake. Lizz pushed dishes aside and set coffee, sugar buns, and a plate of ham and eggs before him. She wore an old apron and had a rag tied under her chin. She looked sloppy. Jim pitched into the ham and eggs. “I was over to see my mother yesterday,” Lizz remarked, sitting down to talk with him. He nodded, but said nothing. He bit into a sugar bun. He was waiting to see whether or not she’d had another scrap with her people. “Mother said that Al isn’t well,” she said. “You wouldn’t think he would be, having a doctor like Mike Geraghty,” Jim said, suddenly bitter. His face clouded. He remembered his Little Arty, now three years dead. All their good luck had to come after Arty was long since dead. He wiped up the yolk from the plate with a bun and ate it, and then he shoved his plate aside and handed Lizz his cup for more coffee. She returned with a filled cup and sat down. “Lizz, it’s a long time since the little fellow left us. You really ought to take off your mourning. If you do that you won’t be sad so often. You have to let time heal old wounds,” he said, his voice kindly. “Oh, Jim, I see the children playing on Calumet Avenue, and it breaks my heart. Not one of them is as beautiful as our Arty was.” “Come on now, Lizz, we’ve got to brace up. We’ve got lots to be thankful for, even with the tough breaks we had in the past,” he said, but the image of little Arty stood in his mind, a lovely, light-haired boy in a dirty dress, staring with those wonderful sad eyes and saying “Fither.” Lizz wiped her eyes with her apron. “Jim, I can’t help it. I look at our new house and I think of him. Oh, how he would have loved it. He’d be going to school this year or next. Everywhere I see, Jim, makes me think of him. I can’t help it. I can’t take off my mourning,” she said in tears.”

James T. Farrell (27 februari 1904 – 22 augustus 1979)


De Amerikaanse schrijver Irwin Shaw werd geboren op 27 februari 1913 als Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff in New York. Zie alle tags voor Irwin Shaw op dit blog.

Uit: Rich Man, Poor Man

“Boylan was standing at the bar in his tweed topcoat, staring at his glass, when Rudolph came down the little flight of steps from Eighth Street, carrying the overnight bag. There were only men standing at the bar and most of them were probably fairies. “I see you have the bag,” Boylan said. “She didn’t want it.” “And the dress?” “She took the dress.” “What are you drinking?” “A beer, please.” “One beer, please,” Boylan said to the bartender. “And I’ll continue with whiskey.” Boylan looked at himself in the mirror behind the bar. His eyebrows were blonder than they had been last week. His face was very tan, as though he had been lying on a southern beach for months. Two or three of the fairies at the bar were equally brown. Rudolph knew about the sun lamp by now. “I make it a point to look as healthy and attractive as I can at all times,” Boylan had explained to Rudolph. “Even if I don’t see anybody for weeks on end. It’s a form of self-respect.” Rudolph was so dark, anyway, that he felt he could respect himself without a sun lamp. The bartender put the drinks down in front of them. Boylan’s fingers trembled a little as he picked up his glass. Rudolph wondered how many whiskies he had had. “Did you tell her I was here?” Boylan asked. “Yes.” “Is she coming?” “No. The man she was with wanted to come and meet you, but she didn’t.” There was no point in not being honest. “Ah,” Boylan said. “The man she was with.” “She’s living with somebody.” “I see,” Boylan said flatly. “It didn’t take long, did it?” Rudolph drank his beer. “Your sister is an extravagantly sensual woman,” Boylan said. “I fear for where it may lead her.” Rudolph kept drinking his beer. “They’re not married, by any chance?” “No. He’s still married to somebody else.” Boylan looked at himself in the mirror again for a while. A burly young man in a black turtle-neck sweater down the bar caught his eye in the glass and smiled. Boylan turned away slightly, toward Rudolph. “What sort of fellow is he? Did you like him?” “Young,” Rudolph said. “He seemed nice enough. Full ofjokes.” “Full of jokes,” Boylan repeated. “Why shouldn’t he be full of jokes? What sort of place do they have?” “Two furnished rooms in a walkup.” “Your sister has a romantic disregard of the advantages of money,” Boylan said. “She will regret it later. Among the other things she will regret.” “She seemed happy.” Rudolph found Boylan’s prophecies distasteful.”

Irwin Shaw (27 februari 1913 – 16 mei 1984)
Cover voor een omnibus


Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 27e februari ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2018 en eveneens mijn blog van 27 februari 2016 deel 2.

Cynan Jones, John Steinbeck, Ruy Belo, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell, Irwin Shaw

De Welshe schrijver Cynan Jones werd geboren op 27 februari 1975 in Aberystwyth, Wales. Zie ook alle tags voor Cynan Jones op dit blog.

Uit: Cove

He swings the fish from the water, a wild stripe flicking and flashing into the boat, and grabs the line, twisting the hook out, holding the fish down in the footrests. It gasps, thrashes. Drums. Something rapid and primal, ceremonial, in the shallow of the open boat.
Flecks of blood and scales loosen, as if turning to rainbows in his hands as he picks up the fish and breaks its neck, feels the minute rim of teeth inside its jaw on the pad of his forefinger, puts his thumb behind the head and snaps.
The jaw splits and the gills splay, like an opening flower. He was sure he would catch fish. He left just a simple note, ‘Pick salad x’.
He looks briefly towards the inland cliffs, hoping the peregrine might be there, scanning as he patiently undoes the knot of traces, pares the feathers away from each other until they are free and feeds them out. The boat is flecked. Glittered. A heat come to the morning now, convincing and thick.
The kayak lilts. Weed floats. He thinks of her hair in water. The same darkened blonde colour.
It’s unusual to catch only one. Or it was just a straggler. The edge of the shoal.
He retrieves a carrier bag from the drybag in back and puts the fish safe, the metal of it dulling immediately to cloth in his hands. Then he bails out the blood-rusted water that has come into the boat.
Fish don’t have eyelids, remember. In this bright water, it’s likely they are deeper out. He’s been hearing his father’s voice for the last few weeks now. I’ve got this one, though. That’s enough. That’s lunch anyway. The bay lay just a little way north. It was a short paddle from the flat beach inland of him, with the caravans on the low fields above, but it felt private. His father long ago had told him they were the only ones that knew about the bay and that was a good thing between them to believe.
You’ll set the pan on a small fire and cook the mackerel as you used to do together, in the pats of butter you took from the roadside cafe. The butter will be liquid by now, and you will have to squeeze it from the wrapper like an ointment.
He smiled at catching the fish. That part of the day safe.
I should bring her here. All these years and I haven’t. It’s different now. I should bring her.
The bones in the cooling pan, fingers sticky with the toffee of burnt butter.

Cynan Jones (Aberystwyth, 27 februari 1975)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “Cynan Jones, John Steinbeck, Ruy Belo, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell, Irwin Shaw”

Cynan Jones, John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell, Irwin Shaw

De Welshe schrijver Cynan Jones werd geboren op 27 februari 1975 in Aberystwyth, Wales. Zie ook alle tags voor Cynan Jones op dit blog.

Uit: The Dig

“The policeman opened the door, looked at the deep mud of the yard, and got deliberately out.
Set back from the window, the man watched him through the gap in the curtains. He watched him scan the place. The policeman was young and he was not a policeman the big man had seen before.
The policeman bent through the car door and pushed the horn twice.
What do I do here? thought the man. He wished he’d left one of the big dogs off but knew even through the coal it would scent the badger and bother it. If I stay in the house, he’ll start looking round, thought the man. Ag.
The policeman had started to walk toward the house from the car and the big man came out.
Afternoon, sir. It’s clearing up, the policeman said. The policeman looked at the man and looked out as if at the weather over the valley.
The big man just nodded.
Few questions, really, sir. The policeman was light and inoffensive the way they are and the man moved to bring him away from the house.
Can you tell me what you were doing last night, or early this morning?
The big man didn’t reply.
The policeman looked around at the yard and privately noticed the two sets of tire tracks that were cut into the mud and that were not filled with overnight rain. He saw the old red van and guessed one set belonged to that. The policeman took in the many dumped engines and tires and the wastage of vehicles and machines about.
We’ve had a report of fly-tipping. He waited. I just wanted to ask whether you would know anything about that.
What did they tip? asked the man.
The policeman didn’t respond. He was looking at the junk and the big man saw and said, Does it look like I throw things away?”

Cynan Jones (Aberystwyth, 27 februari 1975)


Doorgaan met het lezen van “Cynan Jones, John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell, Irwin Shaw”

John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Steinbeck werd geboren in Salinas, Californië, op 27 februari 1902. Zie ook alle tags voor John Steinbeck op dit blog.

Uit: Cannery Row

“On the black earth on which the ice plants bloomed, hundreds of black stink bugs crawled. And many of them stuck their tails up in the air. “Look at all them stink bugs,” Hazel remarked, grateful to the bugs for being there.
“They’re interesting,” said Doc.
“Well, what they got their asses up in the air for?”
Doc rolled up his wool socks and put them in the rubber boots and from his pocket he brought out dry socks and a pair of thin moccasins. “I don’t know why,” he said. “I looked them up recently–they’re very common animals and one of the commonest things they do is put their tails up in the air. And in all the books there isn’t one mention of the fact that they put their tails up in the air or why.”
Hazel turned one of the stink bugs over with the toe of his wet tennis shoe and the shining black beetle strove madly with floundering legs to get upright again. “Well, why do you think they do it?”
“I think they’re praying,” said Doc.
“What!” Hazel was shocked.
“The remarkable thing,” said Doc, “isn’t that they put their tails up in the air–the really incredibly remarkable thing is that we find it remarkable. We can only use ourselves as yardsticks. If we did something as inexplicable and strange we’d probably be praying–so maybe they’re praying.”
“Let’s get the hell out of here,” said Hazel.”

“Hazel used his trick. “They got no starfish there?”
“They got no ocean there” said Doc.
“Oh!” said Hazel and he cast frantically about for a peg to hang a new question on. He hated to have a conversation die out like this. He wasn’t quick enough. While he was looking for a question Doc asked one. Hazel hated that, it meant casting about in his mind for an answer and casting about in Hazel’s mind was like wandering alone in a deserted museum. Hazel’s mind was choked with uncataloged exhibits. …”

John Steinbeck (27 februari 1902 – 20 december 1968)
Affiche voor de film “Cannary Row” uit 1982

Doorgaan met het lezen van “John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell”

John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Steinbeck werd geboren in Salinas, Californië, op 27 februari 1902. Zie ook alle tags voor John Steinbeck op dit blog.

Uit: Travels with Charley

« The next passage in my journey is a love affair. I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it. Once, when I raptured in a violet glow given off by the Queen of the World, my father asked me why, and I thought he was crazy not to see. Of course I know now she was a mouse-haired, freckle-nosed, scabby-kneed little girl with a voice like a bat and the loving kindness of a gila monster, but then she lighted up the landscape and me. It seems to me that Montana is a great splash of grandeur. The scale is huge but not overpowering. The land is rich with grass and color, and the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda. Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans. Here for the first time I heard a definite regional accent unaffected by TV-ese, a slow-paced warm speech. It seemed to me that the frantic bustle of America was not in Montana. Its people did not seem afraid of shadows in a John Birch Society sense. The calm of the mountains and the rolling grasslands had got into the inhabitants. It was hunting season when I drove through the state. The men I talked to seemed to me not moved to a riot of seasonal slaughter but simply to be going out to kill edible meat. Again my attitude may be informed by love, but it seemed to me that the towns were places to live in rather than nervous hives. People had time to pause in their occupations to undertake the passing art of neighborliness.
I found I did not rush through the towns to get them over with. I even found things I had to buy to make myself linger. In Billings I bought a hat, in Livingston a jacket, in Butte a rifle I didn’t particularly need, a Remington bolt-action .22, secondhand but in beautiful condition.”

John Steinbeck (27 februari 1902 – 20 december 1968)
Hier met Charley

Doorgaan met het lezen van “John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell”

John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Steinbeck werd geboren in Salinas, Californië, op 27 februari 1902. Zie ook alle tags voor John Steinbeck op dit blog.

Uit: Travels with Charley

“When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age.In middle age I was assured greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked. Four hoarse blasts of a ships’s whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping. The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach high up under the rib cage. In other words, once a bum always a bum. I fear this disease incurable. I set this matter down not to instruct others but to inform myself….A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

“Once Charley fell in love with a dachshund, a romance racially unsuitable, physically ridiculous, and mechanically impossible. But all these problems Charley ignored. He loved deeply and tried dogfully.”

John Steinbeck (27 februari 1902 – 20 december 1968)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, Elisabeth Borchers, James T. Farrell”

John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, James T. Farrell

De Amerikaanse schrijver John Steinbeck werd geboren in Salinas, Californië, op 27 februari 1902. Zie ook alle tags voor John Steinbeck op dit blog.

Uit: East of Eden

“The summer sun drove it underground. It was not a fine river at all, but it was the only one we had and so we boasted about it—how dangerous it was in a wet winter and how dry it was in a dry summer. You can boast about anything if it’s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.

The floor of the Salinas Valley, between the ranges and below the foothills, is level because this valley used to be the bottom of a hundred-mile inlet from the sea. The river mouth at Moss Landing was centuries ago the entrance to this long inland water. Once, fifty miles down the valley, my father bored a well. The drill came up first with topsoil and then with gravel and then with white sea sand full of shells and even pieces of whalebone. There were twenty feet of sand and then black earth again, and even a piece of redwood, that imperishable wood that does not rot. Before the inland sea the valley must have been a forest. And those things had happened right under our feet. And it seemed to me sometimes at night that I could feel both the sea and the redwood forest before it.

James Dean, Richard Davalos en Julie Harris in de film van Elias Kazan, 1955


On the wide level acres of the valley the topsoil lay deep and fertile. It required only a rich winter of rain to make it break forth in grass and flowers. The spring flowers in a wet year were unbelievable. The whole valley floor, and the foothills too, would be carpeted with lupins and poppies. Once a woman told me that colored flowers would seem more bright if you added a few white flowers to give the colors definition. Every petal of blue lupin is edged with white, so that a field of lupins is more blue than you can imagine. And mixed with these were splashes of California poppies. These too are of a burning color—not orange, not gold, but if pure gold were liquid and could raise a cream, that golden cream might be like the color of the poppies. When their season was over the yellow mustard came up and grew to a great height. When my grandfather came into the valley the mustard was so tall that a man on horseback showed only his head above the yellow flowers. On the uplands the grass would be strewn with buttercups, with hen-and-chickens, with black-centered yellow violets. And a little later in the season there would be red and yellow stands of Indian paintbrush. These were the flowers of the open places exposed to the sun.”

John Steinbeck (27 februari 1902 – 20 december 1968)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “John Steinbeck, Lawrence Durrell, André Roy, Henry Longfellow, James T. Farrell”

James T. Farrell, Elisabeth Borchers, Vera Friedlander, Irwin Shaw

De Amerikaanse schrijver James Thomas Farrell werd geboren op 27 februari 1904 in Chicago. Zie ook alle tags voor James T. Farrell op dit blog.


Uit: Young Lonigan

„Studs Lonigan, on the verge of fifteen, and wearing his first suit of long trousers, stood in the bathroom with a Sweet Caporal pasted in his mug. His hands were jammed in his trouser pockets, and he sneered. He puffed, drew the fag out of his mouth, inhaled and said to himself:

Well, I’m kissin’ the old dump goodbye tonight.

Studs was a small, broad-shouldered lad. His face was wide and planed; his hair was a light brown. His long nose was too large for his other features; almost a sheeny’s nose. His lips were thick and wide, and they did not seem at home on his otherwise frank and boyish face. He was always twisting them into his familiar tough-guy sneers. He had blue eyes; his mother rightly called them baby-blue eyes.

He took another drag and repeated to himself:

Well, I’m kissin’ the old dump goodbye.

The old dump was St. Patrick’s grammar school; and St. Patrick’s meant a number of things to Studs. It meant school, and school was a jailhouse that might just as well have had barred windows. It meant the long, wide, chalk-smelling room of the seventh- and eighth-grade boys, with its forty or fifty squirming kids. It meant the second floor of the tan brick, undistinguished parish building on Sixty-first Street that had swallowed so much of Studs’ life for the past eight years. It meant the black-garbed Sisters of Providence, with their rattling beads, their swishing strides, and the funny-looking wooden clappers they used, which made a dry snapping sound and which hurt like anything when a guy got hit over the head with one. It meant Sister Carmel, who used to teach fourth grade, but was dead now; and who used to hit everybody the edge of a ruler because she knew they all called her the bearded lady. It meant Studs, twisting in his seat, watching the sun come in the windows to show up the dust on the floor, twisting and squirming, and letting his mind fly to all kinds of places that were not like school. It meant Battleaxe Bertha talking and hearing lessons, her thin, sunken-jawed face white as a ghost, and sometimes looking like a corpse. It meant Bertha yelling in that creaky old woman’s voice of hers.“


James T. Farrell (27 februari 1904 – 22 augustus 1979)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “James T. Farrell, Elisabeth Borchers, Vera Friedlander, Irwin Shaw”

Vera Friedlander, Irwin Shaw, James T. Farrell, N. Scott Momaday

De Duitse schrijfster Vera Friedlander (eig. Veronika Schmidt) werd geboren op 27 februari 1928 in Woltersdorf. Friedlander werd tijdens de nazi-periode vervolgd als een zogenaamde half-joodse en werd het slachtoffer van dwangarbeid. Veel leden van haar familie werden gedeporteerd en vermoord in Auschwitz, Theresienstadt en andere plaatsen. Na haar afstuderen aan de Arbeiter-und-Bauern-Fakultät studeerde Friedlander germanistiek en behaalde haar doctoraat en habilitatie aan de Humboldt Universiteit in Berlijn. Zij kreeg drie kinderen en werkte als lector bij een uitgeverij. In 1976 gingen zij en haar man naar Warschau, waar ze doceerde aan de universiteit. In 1981 ontving ze de Jacob en Wilhelm Grimm Prijs. Van 1981 tot 1986 was zij hoogleraar Duits aan de Humboldt-universiteit.


Uit: Meine Freundin Luise 


„Meine Freundin Luise ist ein Pechvogel, ein dummer Pechvogel, aber eine liebenswerte Person.

Ihr letzter Partner fand eine andere Frau liebenswerter und verließ Luise. Sie wollte nicht allein bleiben. »Dafür bin ich nicht alt genug«, sagte sie.

Ich nahm mir vor, auf Luise in dieser Situation ein bisschen aufzupassen. Sie hatte sich schon öfter geirrt, wenn es um Männer ging. Das kostete sie einmal ihren fast neuen Clio, sonst wäre ihr Partner nicht ausgezogen, einmal war nach einer Trennung ihr Konto abgeräumt und einer hatte beim Abschied den Hund mitgenommen, an dem sie sehr hing. Dieses Mal sollte sie vom Pech verschont bleiben, das schwor ich ihr.

Ich brachte ihr drei Zeitungen, in denen allein lebende Männer aller Altersgruppen mit guten Berufen und unterschiedlichen Interessen vorgestellt wurden, Tennisspieler, Nichtraucher, Hundebesitzer, Briefmarkensammler, Weinkenner, Heimwerker – und von allen wurde geschrieben, dass sie lebensfrohe Optimisten seien.

Die Anzeigen stammten in der einen Zeitung von einer Frau Barbara aus Pankow, in einer anderen Zeitung von einer Frau Ursula aus dem Prenzlauer Berg und in der dritten Zeitung von einer Frau Monika aus Hellersdorf und alle klangen sehr seriös. Luise suchte sich aus jeder der drei Anzeigen einen Mann heraus, den sie kennen lernen wollte, und rief die Partnerschaftsagentinnen an.

Ich warnte sie. »Das gibt Stress. Was machst du, wenn dir alle drei Männer gefallen?«

»Damit werde ich fertig«, versicherte sie.

Die Damen Barbara, Ursula und Monika, luden sie zu einem Besuch ein, um sie mit dem Herrn, für den sie sich interessiere, bekannt zu machen. Und sie möge 100 Euro Vermittlungsgebühr mitbringen.

Um nicht dreimal 100 Euro zu zahlen, nahm sie zunächst nur den Termin bei der Dame Barbara in Pankow wahr.“



Vera Friedlander (Woltersdorf, 27 februari 1928)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “Vera Friedlander, Irwin Shaw, James T. Farrell, N. Scott Momaday”

James T. Farrell, N. Scott Momaday, Peter De Vries, Jules Lemaître, Albert Kuyle, Johannes Meinhold, Traugott Vogel

De Amerikaanse schrijver James Thomas Farrell werd geboren op 27 februari 1904 in Chicago. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2009.


Uit: An Honest Writer. The Life and Times of James T. Farrell (Biografie door Robert K. Landers)


James T. Farrell was once a literary titan, mentioned in the same breath with Hemingway, Faulkner and Dos Passos; and Studs Lonigan, his trilogy of novels about a swaggering young “tough guy” from a lower-middle-class Irish family on Chicago’s South Side, was considered a modern classic. But this powerful work has fallen into neglect, and a century after his birth in 1904, Farrell is a largely forgotten figure. He and his finest achievements—Studs Lonigan and his series of five novels about the O’Neills and the O’Flahertys—deserve better.

Studs Lonigan and other vivid characters in these works were rightly declared by the pioneering critic Joseph Warren Beach in 1941 to be “among the memorable people in English fiction.” But Farrell’s naturalistic novels provide more than memorable people. They afford a richly detailed picture of life in an American city as it was actually lived by ordinary people, particularly Irish-Americans, in the early decades of the twentieth century. “You forget that you are seeing this life through the eyes of a selecting novelist,” marveled critic Carl Van Doren. “It seems merely to be there before you.”

Whether in praise or in disparagement, it was often said of Farrell’s works that they were “sociology” as much as art. And indeed they were. Novelist Gerald Green, the author of The Last Angry Man, on learning in 1976 that he and Farrell shared the same publisher and editor, asked the editor to convey his admiration to the author of Studs Lonigan and the O’Neill-O’Flaherty novels. “Nothing in modern sociology, no journalism, including [Jimmy] Breslin’s, or [Daniel Patrick] Moynihan’s ‘Beyond the Melting Pot,’” said Green, “can ever tell us anything new or enriching about the urban Irish, once we have read James T. Farrell. A giant.”



James T. Farrell (27 februari 1904 – 22 augustus 1979)


De Amerikaanse (native, Kiowa) schrijver N(avarre) Scott Momaday werd geboren op 27 februari 1934 in Lawton, Oklahoma. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2009.



Before an Old Painting of the Crucifixion 


I ponder how He died, despairing once.

I’ve heard the cry subside in vacant ski

In clearings where no other was. Despair,

Which, in the vibrant wake of utterance,

Resides in desolate calm, preoccupies,

Though it is still. There is no solace there.


That calm inhabits wilderness, the sea,

And where no peace inheres but solitude;

Near death it most impends. It was for Him,

Absurd and public in His agony,

Inscrutably itself, nor misconstrued,

Nor metaphrased in art or pseudonym:


A vague contagion. Old, the mural fades…

Reminded of the fainter sea I scanned,

I recollect: How mute in constancy!

I could not leave the wall of palisades

Till cormorants returned my eyes on land.

The mural but implies eternity:


Not death, but silence after death is change.

Judean hills, the endless afternoon,

The farther groves and arbors seasonless

But fix the mind within the moment’s range.

Where evening would obscure our sorrow soon,

There shines too much a sterile loveliness.


No imprecisions of commingled shade,

No shimmering deceptions of the sun,

Herein no semblances remark the cold

Unhindered swell of time, for time is stayed.

The Passion wanes into oblivion,

And time and timelessness confuse, I’m told.


These centuries removed from either fact

Have lain upon the critical expanse

And been of little consequence. The void

Is calendared in stone; the human act,

Outrageous, is in vain. The hours advance

Like flecks of foam borne landward and destroyed.



N. Scott Momaday (Lawton, 27 februari 1934)


De Amerikaanse schrijver Peter de Vries werd geboren op 27 februari 1910 in Chicago als zoon van Nederlandse immigranten. De Vries was een zeer bekende Amerikaanse romanschrijver in de jaren ’60 en ’70, geroemd om zijn geestigheid. Hij verloor – net als Don Wanderhope in ‘Het lam’ uit 1961 – zijn dochtertje aan leukemie. Hij studeerde aan de Northwestern University en had een groot aantal baantjes, van karamelappelverkoper tot radioacteur enjournalist voor de New Yorker. Een aantal van zijn boeken zijn verfilmd. De Vries was een uiterst vruchtbaar schrijver. Hij publiceerde talrijke korte verhalen, essays, gedichten, toneelstukken en romans.

Uit: The Last Hurrah


“Tom had been putting aside $250 from his fortnightly pay packet over a two month period. He figured $1000 should just about cover it: his last hurrah. One afternoon/evening/night of debauchery. Living it up, trying everything he’d always meant to try.

The last hurrah. Before settling down and really doing the serious stuff.

That stuff: getting married to Kirralyn in a month’s time; being there when she had their baby in three month’s time; putting the deposit down on a house A.S.A.P. – as soon as they could both agree on a house.

He’d already selected the date for the last hurrah – Wednesday July 11. He had even made a booking at a hotel – a place in the centre of Kings Cross. He’d viewed it on the Internet. It looked classy. Nothing downmarket, not for the last hurrah.

The list of debauchery: room service food, drinking, drugs, and a prostitute.

Tom had experienced room service food before. Always with Kirralyn. They loved it. He also liked a drink – usually down the pub on a Friday afternoon after work. With the boys. The usual crowd. His mates.

Tom had never tried drugs. A couple of his mates had. They’d used marijuana, amphetamines, even cocaine (or so they said). Tom hadn’t even smoked marijuana back at school. Back then he knew people who did smoke it, but he’d been too scared to touch it – thanks to all the anti-drug propaganda from his teachers and his parents.

Now he wanted to try marijuana. Just once. That’s all. Get stoned, have a giggle.

Then there was the prostitute. He’d never been with one. In fact he’d only ever been with one girl apart from Kirralyn. Tom had never had a blow job. Kirralyn refused to perform that “act” (as she called it) on him.

He wanted one now. And he’d get one – from a professional. He didn’t even think of it as cheating because he wouldn’t actually be fucking, would he?

Kings Cross: debauchery capital of Sydney, of Australia. Drug and sex HOTSPOT. Tom had lived in Sydney all his life, but he’d only ever been to the Cross once. In the daytime, when the place was dead. He’d seen no drug dealers, no sex workers. Just ordinary people. But that was years ago.

Now things were different. Tom read the newspapers, he watched the current affairs shows on the TV. He knew about the place: drugs everywhere, sex everywhere. You walk down the main drag and they’d virtually shove it in your face.

So to Kings Cross Tom would go. For the last hurrah.



Peter De Vries (27 februari 1910 – 28 september 1993)


De Franse schrijver en dichter Jules Lemaître werd geboren op 27 februari 1853 in Vennecy, Loiret. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2008 en ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2009.


Uit: Ernest Renan


Par quel autre pourrais-je mieux commencer ? Nul écrivain  peut-être n’a tant occupé, hanté, troublé ou ravi les plus  délicats de ses contemporains. Qu’on cède ou qu’on résiste  à sa séduction, nul ne s’est mieux emparé de la pensée, ni  de façon plus enlaçante. Ce grand sceptique a dans la jeunesse d’aujourd’hui des fervents comme en aurait un  apôtre et un homme de doctrine. Et quand on aime les

gens, on veut les voir.

Les Parisiens excuseront l’ignorance et la naïveté d’un  provincial fraîchement débarqué de sa province, qui est   curieux de voir des hommes illustres et qui va faisant des  découvertes. Je suis un peu comme ces deux bons Espagnols  venus du fin fond de l’Ibérie pour voir Tite-Live et ” cherchant dans Rome autre chose que Rome même.” Le sentiment qui les amenait était naturel et touchant, enfantin si   l’on veut, c’est-à-dire doublement humain. Je suis donc  entré au Collège de France,^ dans la petite salle des langues  sémitiques.

A quoi on pourtant ? N’est-ce point par leurs livres, et par leurs livres seuls, qu’on connaît les écrivains et surtout  les philosophes et les critiques, ceux qui nous livrent directe-

ment leur pensée, leur conception du monde et, par là, tout leur esprit et toute leur âme ? Que peuvent ajouter les traits de leur visage et le son de leur voix à la connaissance que nous avons d’eux ? Qu’importe de savoir comment ils ont le nez fait ? ^ Et s’ils l’avaient mal fait par hasard ? ou seulement fait comme tout le monde ?“



Jules Lemaître (27 februari 1853 – 5 augustus 1914)


De Nederlandse schrijver Albert Kuyle werd geboren in Utrecht op 17 februari 1904. Albert Kuyle was een pseudoniem voor Louis Maria Albertus Kuitenbrouwer. Met zijn werk droeg Kuyle volgens Hendrik Marsman en andere jonge tijdgenoten bij aan de vernieuwing van het proza in het Interbellum. De techniek van met name zijn vroege proza is bijna filmisch van aard, waardoor Kuyle kan worden gezien als vertegenwoordiger van de Nieuwe Zakelijkheid. In 1924 was Kuyle één van de oprichters van het tijdschrift De Gemeenschap waarvan hij tot zijn vertrek in 1932 redactielid was. Aan het begin van de jaren 30 ontstond binnen de redactie van De Gemeenschap, dat indertijd het brandpunt vormde van de rooms-katholieke jongeren, onenigheid over de te volgen koe
rs. Kuyle en de zijnen scheidden zich in 1933 af van De Gemeenschap, en richtten onder de naam De Nieuwe Gemeenschap (1934-1936) een concurrerend tijdschrift op. De redactie sympathiseerde allengs met het opkomende fascisme en met name Kuyle liet zich hierbij in toenemende mate uit in antisemitische bewoordingen.


Uit: Het kleinste hoofd


„Inspecteur Fernando Hernandez heeft een nieuwe hoed noodig. Deze week is het feest van San Lazaro, en hij hoort tot de notabelen van de parochie. Hij ziet een lichte grijze in de étalage die hem zou lijken, maar hij heeft geen tijd om nu te gaan passen. Passen is voor hem vervelend. Hij heeft, zoover hij weet, het kleinste hoofd van de stad. De dienst wacht. Er zijn vrouwen die de stadsfontein hebben verontreinigd. Vergrijp tegen artikel 268. De volgende morgen plast de zon; de inspecteur staat voor de toonbank, en vraagt om de hoed die hij gisteren zag. De hoed is verkocht. Een andere van dezelfde soort? Er was er maar één. Inspecteur Hernandez zal dan naar het feest van San Lazaro gaan met zijn oude hoed, want hij kan geen keus maken.
Om 3.10 ’s middags rijdt de inspecteur naar San Luigi. Een lijk op een bleekveldje; het moet met grove hagel uit een oud model jachtgeweer zijn gedaan, op vier pas afstand. Het gezicht is weggeschoten. De inspecteur ondervraagt twee uur lang. Een meisje heeft een man hard zien loopen met een lichte grijze hoed; een man die niet bekend is in San Luigi. Verder niets. De inspecteur weet intuïtief dat er een veete is beëindigd. Dat gebeurt meestal met grove hagel.
Het rapport is niet lang. De lijkschouwing zal morgen plaats vinden.
De volgende morgen. Er komt een boodschap van de hoedenwinkel. Inspecteur Hernandez zal toch geholpen kunnen worden. Hij is er om elf uur; op de toonbank ligt de hoed die eergisteren in de etalage stond. De man die hem kocht is hem komen ruilen. De inspecteur past de hoed: hij is te klein. Dan ontdekt hij de reep papier die onder de leeren band is geschoven. De man die hem een dag droeg, had nog een kleiner hoofd dan hij. Als het papier er uit is, betaalt de inspecteur en gaat met de nieuwe hoed naar huis.“



Albert Kuyle (17 februari 1904 – 4 maart 1958)


De Duitse schrijver Johannes Wilhelm Meinhold werd geboren op 27 februari 1797 in Netzelkow op Usedom. Zie ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2009.


Uit: Die Bernsteinhexe


“Unser Manuskript, in welchem die ansehnliche Zahl von sechs Kapiteln fehlt und welches auf den nächstvorhergegangenen Blättern unstreitig sich über den Ausbruch des Dreißigjährigen Krieges auf der Insel Usedom verbreitet hat, beginnt mit den Worten: »Kaiserliche gehauset« und fährt dann fort wie folgt:

… Koffer, Truhen, Schränke waren allesamt erbrochen und zerschlagen, auch mein Priesterhemd zerrissen, so daß ich in großen Ängsten und Nöten stande. Doch hatten sie mein armes Töchterlein nit gefunden, maßen ich sie in einem Stall, wo es dunkel war, verborgen, denn sonst, sorge ich, hätten sie mir noch mehr Herzeleid bereitet. Weil nun aber ich bittern Hunger litte, so schrieb an Se. Gestrengen, den Herrn Amtshauptmann Wittich von Appelmann auf Pudagla, daß er mir zukommen ließe, was Se. fürstliche Gnaden Philippus Julius mir vom Kloster zu Pudagla beigeleget, als nämlich 30 Scheffel Gerste und 25 Mark Silbers, welche Se. Gestrengen mir aber bis nunmehro geweigert, denn er war ein fast hart und unmenschlicher Mann. – Aber er antwortete mir nit, und ich wäre schier verschmachtet, wenn Hinrich Seden nicht für mich im Kapsel gebetet Almosen in der Kirchspielgemeinde eingesammelt.  Er wurde dazumalen auch schon alt und hatte viel Plage von seinem bösen Weibe Lise Kolken, angesehen sie im gemeinen Geschrei war, daß sie lange mit Wittich Appelmann in Unzucht gelebet, welcher von jeher ein rechter Erzschalk und absonderlich ein hitziger Schurzenjäger gewest, denn so etwas gesegnet der Herre nicht. Selbiger Seden nun brachte mir 5 Brote, 2 Würste und eine Gans, item eine Seite Speck. Möchte ihn aber vor seiner Frauen schützen, welche die Hälfte hätte vor ihr behalten wollen, und da er sich geweigert, hätte sie ihn ver
maledeiet und die Kopfgicht angewünschet, so daß er gleich ein Ziehen in der rechten Wangen verspüret, welches jetzunder fast hart und schwer geworden.”



Wilhelm Meinhold (27 februari 1797 – 30 november 1851)


Zie voor onderstaande schrijver ook mijn blog van 27 februari 2007.

De Zwitserse schrijver Traugott Vogel werd op 27 februari 1894 als zoon van een groentehandelaar in Zürich geboren.