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More July literary birthdays!

The weather’s not cooling down, but neither are our celebrations of literary birthdays!

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On July 19, join us in celebrating the birthday of Vladimir Mayakovsky. Hailed as the bad boy of Russian poetry in the early twentieth century, Mayakovsky was known for explosive language and new forms, which are featured in The Stray Dog Cabaret: A Book of Russian Poems, a collection of the work by those poets who made the Silver Age of Russian literature shine.

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Next, on July 27, we head to Lexington, Kentucky, the birth place of Elizabeth Hardwick. The author of Sleepless Nights, a tour de force novel; Seduction and Betrayal, a virtuoso performance and reckoning of womanhood and writing; and The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick, a collection of pieces that demonstrate how fully Hardwick deserves her place in twentieth-century great American literature. Hardwick, a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books, was the recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Finally, on the very next day, July 28, we hop across the pond to celebrate Malcolm Lowry, who was born in New Brighton, England to a rich Liverpool family, but who spent the better part of his life as a renowned—and notorious—author, traveling in alcohol-infused unhappiness. The Voyage That Never Ends is a collection of the remarkable writings Lowry scattered throughout his life.