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Marcel Proust

From a well-to-do family, young Marcel Proust was a critic, translator and socialite in Paris at the turn of the century. After the deaths of his parents (in 1903 and 1905), Proust retreated from a b…

Marcel Dionne

Marcel DionneBorn: Aug. 3, 1951Hockey C fourth on NHL's all-time points list (1,771) and third on goals list (731) through 2002; tied Wayne Gretzky for the league lead in points (137) in 1980;…

Roger Shattuck 2005 Deaths

Roger ShattuckAge: 82 writer, editor, and scholar whose works ranged from Marcel Proust and a study on the development of human intelligence. He won a National Book Award for his 1974 biograph…

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes has been the very image of the trim, intense, heroically repressed Englishman in films like The English Patient (1996) and The Constant Gardener (2005). Ralph Fiennes performed with the …

1975 National Book Awards

Arts and LettersMarcel Proust, Roger ShattuckThe Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, Lewis ThomasBiographyThe Life of Emily Dickinson, Richard B. SewallChildren's BooksM. C. Higgins t…

Top 100 Works in World Literature

Source: Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute, 2002. The editors of the Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute, polled a panel of 100 authors from 54 co…

The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900

Book Magazine, now defunct, compiled a panel of 55 authors, literary agents, editors, and actors in 2002 to “rank the top one hundred characters in literature since 1900.”Jay Ga…

Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggioBorn: Nov. 25, 1914Baseball OF hit safely in 56 straight games (1941); led AL in batting, HRs and RBI twice each; 3-time MVP (1939,41,47); hit .325 with 361 HRs over 13 seasons; le…

Mike Ditka

Mike DitkaBorn: Oct. 18, 1939Football All-America at Pitt (1960); NFL Rookie of Year (1961); 5-time Pro Bowl tight end for Chicago Bears; returned to Chicago as head coach in 1982 and won Supe…