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Killing Queen Victoria – Salon.com

John Bean thought assassinating the monarch was the ticket to a life of leisure. A true story This article is excerpted from “Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy” by Paul Thomas Murphy, which is available from Pegasus Books. The young man — the boy — stood under …

John Banville: The Lost Leader | The New Republic

James Joyce: A New Biography By Gordon Bowker (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 608 pp., $35)   THERE ARE CERTAIN artistic geniuses who demand that we should know their lives in detail, since for them the story of their lives is a living component of thewider story of their art. In …

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Soweto, South Africa — Children at Batsogile Primary School hold signs as they prepare to join in a national singing of happy birthday to beloved former President Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 on Wednesday. The nation’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special birthday song, ringing with the …