" There's no use in weeping,
Though we are condemned to part:
There's such a thing as keeping
A remembrance in one's heart...
Charlotte Bronte

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Douglas Hyde Elected First President of Ireland

Hyde was an Irish scholar and political leader. He was largely responsible for the revival of Irish language and literature through his founding of the Gaelic League in 1893. After teaching modern Irish for many years, Hyde became the president of Ireland, or Eire, in 1938. Using his Gaelic name, An Craoibhin Aoibhinn, he authored many works, including a Literary History of Ireland and Love Songs of Connacht. A polyglot, Hyde was fluent in how many languages?



The Story of Wenamun

Known only from one incomplete copy discovered in 1890, the Story of Wenamun tells the tale of an Egyptian priest and his journey to Byblos in Phoenicia. Once widely believed to be an actual historical account, the story is now generally accepted by Egyptologists as a work of historical fiction. Still, the vivid narrative, written in the ancient Egyptian writing system of hieratic, is often treated by historians as a primary source on the late 20th Dynasty. In what year is the story set?

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Carly Simon

Carly Simon is an American musician who emerged as one of the leading artists of the early 1970s singer-songwriter boom. She is the recipient of multiple Grammy awards and was awarded an Oscar for her song "Let the River Run," which was featured in the movie Working Girl. Her most famous song, "You're So Vain," a sarcastic profile of a self-absorbed lover, was a number-one hit and spawned a huge debate as to who inspired the lyrics. Who was Carly's famous father?

Last updated on Wednesday, 25th June 2008

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