Reader's Almanac...

..for Thursday, August 27, 2015.

During the summer of 1660, books by John Milton are burned in London by the common hangman for his attacks on King Charles II.
Related reading at Somerville Public Library: Royal Survivor: A Life of Charles II by Stephen Coote. Or if you're in the mood for reading a really long poem, try Paradise Lost. I've always thought the list of fallen angels at the end of Book 1 would be a great source for cat names: Belial, Moloch, Leviathan....

The first Tarzan book, Tarzan of the Apes, was published by Grosset and Dunlap on this day in 1912. This story of a human baby raised by apes led to 25 sequels, innumerable comic books, two radio programs, at least one Saturday morning cartoon, many bad movies, and a parodic reference in Bloom County (Bill the Cat played the title role in the film Orangestoke: Legend of Bill, Lord of the Monkeys).
Related reading at SPL: Tarzan at the Movies: A Pictorial History of More Than Fifty Years of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Legendary Hero by Gabe Essoe, or the Bloom County collection Night of the Mary Kay Commandos.

Ira Levin, the author of Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil and many other novels, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on this day in 1929.
Related reading at SPL: Rosemary's Baby. Or request the movie adaptation from another library in the network. It's a masterpiece of direction and acting, and is widely considered one of the best horror films ever made.

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