" A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. "
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Clutter Family Murdered

In 1959, parolees Richard Hickock and Perry Smith murdered Herbert and Bonnie Clutter and their two children while attempting to rob their Kansas farmhouse. Writer Truman Capote spent the next five years researching the crime and interviewing those involved, including Hickock and Smith, who were hanged for the murders in 1965. Capote's In Cold Blood was published shortly thereafter and launched the nonfiction novel genre. What famous author traveled to Kansas with Capote?



The Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng

Unearthed in 1977, the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng is an important archaeological site located in Suizhou, China. Dated to about 433 BCE using calendar data gleaned from a lacquered clothing chest, the tomb houses the remains of Yi as well as 21 women. It is noted for containing a large ensemble of ritual musical instruments, including dozens of string instruments and a set of 65 bianzhong, or bronze bells. How many performers would have been required to play this particular set of bells?

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Erwin Rommel

After nearly three decades in the German army, Rommel, who would become a famous WWII field marshal, was promoted by Hitler to the rank of general in 1939. The next year, he brilliantly commanded a panzer division in the attack on France. He then led the Afrika Korps against the Allies in N Africa, where he became known as the "Desert Fox" for his audacious surprise attacks. Allied success led Rommel to lose respect for Hitler and join a plot to remove the f├╝hrer from office. How did Rommel die?

Last updated on Monday, 15th November 2010

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