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    Sunday
    Jan032010

    Rebecca West on "Truth" in Biography

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote

    “Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.”
    Rebecca West

    Today’s Literary Birthday

    J.R.R. Tolkien, the father of modern fantasy literature, was born on this day in 1892. His best known works are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and have been not only immensely popular, but have changed the entire field of fantasy while inspiring an outpouring of works by other writers. A BBC survey in 2003 found The Lord of the Rings Britain’s “best-loved book.” Although Tolkien sold the film rights to Hollywood in 1968, it wasn’t until 2001 that the first of the trilogy of Academy Award-winning movies of The Lord of the Rings appeared.

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger

    Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:

    What was the best job you have ever had? The best boss or mentor?

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