"I myself have always stood in the awe of the camera. I recognize it for the instrument it is, part Stradivarius, part scalpel."
Happy birthday Irving Penn!
Irving Penn (June 16, 1917-October 7, 2009) was an American Modernist photographer. His work was published in Vogue magazine. He is best remembered for his fashion photography, but he also photographed food, scenery, and many important figures from the 20th century art world.
Happy birthday Harriet Beecher Stowe!
Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811–July 1, 1896) was an American author and activist. She is most remembered for writing Uncle Tom's Cabin, the abolitionist novel published through National Era. She was also one of the earliest women's rights activists. She wrote more than 20 books in addition to other articles and letters.
"But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
(Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven)
The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899
W.B. Yeats (June 13, 1865 – January 28, 1939) was an Irish poet and playwright. His is widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century. Some of his most notable works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933), as well as the plays The Land of Heart's Desire (1894) and Deirdre (1907). He was a founder of the Irish National Theatre Society and the Abbey Theatre. He served two terms in the Irish Senate later in his life.
Happy birthday Risë Stevens!
Risë Stevens (June 11, 1913-March 20, 2013) was an American opera singer. She was the leading mezzo-soprano at the Metropolitan opera for over two decades throughout the 1940s and 1950s. She was particularly known for her interpretation of the title role in Carmen.
Happy birthday Maurice Sendak!
Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928-May 8, 2012) was an American children's book author and illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his book, Where the Wild Things Are (1963). His work was marked by fantastic narratives about realistic characters.
Thomas Mann (June 6, 1875–August 12, 1955) was a German author and activist. He wrote novels, novellas, and essays. He was particularly outspoken against Germany's Nazi regime, so he spent much of the latter half of his life in Switzerland and the United States in exile. His work was largely influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Arthur Schopenhauer. Some of his most notable works include The Magic Mountain (1924) and the four part epic Joseph and his Brothers (written between 1926 and 1943).