Monday, January 25, 2010


Birthday Celebrations

Thomas Hardy, in The Life of Thomas Hardy: 1840-1928 (Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions, 2007), p. 51 (June 2, 1865):
My 25th birthday. Not very cheerful. Feel as if I had lived a long time and done very little.
Id., p. 286 (1896):
Every man's birthday is a first of April for him, and he who lives to fifty and won't own it is a rogue or a fool, hypocrite or simpleton.
Cf. A.E. Housman, letter to Jeannie Housman (April 3, 1929):
Many thanks for your kind attempt to cheer the gloom of a seventieth birthday.
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