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The Devil's Dictionary: Severalty

by Ambrose Bierce SERIALSHERIFFSEVERALTY -n. Separateness, as, lands in severalty, i.e., lands held individually, not in joint ownership. Certain tribes of Indians are believed now to be su…

Ursula K. Le Guin

Name at birth: Ursula KroeberAmerican author Ursula K. Le Guin was one of the more lauded science fiction authors of the 20th century, the author of The Earthsea Trilogy and The Left Hand of Darkness.…

Nellie Bly Biography

Nellie Bly(Elizabeth Cochrane)journalistBorn: 5/5/1864Birthplace: Cochran's Mills, Pa. Bly is best remembered for circling the globe in 72 days, thus beating the record of Around the World in …

Thomas Kinsella Biography

Thomas Kinsella poetBorn: 1928Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland Considered to be the most experimental of the contemporary Irish poets, Kinsella is credited with bringing the techniques of internat…

2009 Nobel Prize Winners

Related Links Nobel Prize History Nobel Prize History Quiz Nobel Peace Prize Winners Quiz Women Nobel Pri…

Brewer's: Richarda

wife of Nicholas d'Este. A widow who, with her son Hercules, was dispossessed of her inheritance by Lionello and Borso. Both were obliged to go into exile, but finally Hercules recovered hi…

The Magna Carta

JOHN, by the grace of God King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and Count of Anjou, to his archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justices, foresters, …

Brewer's: Bertram

One of the conspirators against the Republic of Venice “in whom there was a hesitating softness fatal to a great enterprise.” He betrayed the conspiracy to the senate. (Byron: M…