Reader's Almanac..

...for May 12, 2016. Canadian author and environmentalist Farley Mowat (1921- 2014) was born on this day in Bellville, Ontario. He wrote more than 40 books, the most famous being Never Cry Wolf (1963), supposedly an account of his experiences observing wolves in the wilderness of subarctic Canada. Mowat was often accused of not actually having spent as much time with wolves as he recounts in the book.  Mowat's usual response was that his critics were confusing facts with truth. The book was an immediate bestseller upon publication and is credited with making  wolf conservation popular  with the Canadian public. Related reading at SPL: Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat by James King, and Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves by Hélène Grimaud. Today is also the birthday of English poet and painter Dante Gabriel rossettiRossetti (1828-1882). Rossetti, together with William Holman Hunt and  John Everett Millais, founded the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood, a literary and artistic movement heavily influenced by Romanticism that sought inspiration in medieval culture, which they believed to have an artistic integrity the modern world lacked.  Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery hosts the world's largest online collection of Pre-Raphaelite images here. Related reading at SPL: Essential Pre-Raphealites, which explains the movement's guiding principles with reproductions of paintings by various members. Related reading in the Minuteman Library Network: The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Christina was Dante's sister and is generally considered a much better writer than her brother.

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