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“We live in all we seek”: Celebrating Taurus Writers

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Is the life of a writer so different from that of a bull? Grazing in the abundant green of the mind and of the field, mapping a favorite spot in the shade, fiercely guarding some unknown future? Or perhaps only the lives of Taurus authors feel this way. After all, did Søren Kierkegaard not get his best ideas during his daily walk, often returning home in such a rush that he would write standing at his desk, still adorned with hat and coat and walking stick? 

This same spirit can be seen in the young Vladimir Nabokov, writing while chain smoking from bed, and in the earthly Annie Dillard, stalking muskrats in the suburbs. It is alive in the eight-hour dinners of Charles Johnson and August Wilson, the historical revelries of Mikhail Bulgakov, and the honest visions of Jiddu Krishnamurti

These are the writers who live in their books like they do in their houses, curating words as lush as thick carpet and squirreling away memories like preservatives. As deliberate as Lorraine Hansberry or as extravagant as Alice B. Toklas, they are pulled by the pleasures of distraction and the slowness of stability. They are spun of the same silk as Venus - second in brightness only to the moon.

Sarah J. Bofenkamp is a reader, writer, and librarian living in Palouse, Washington.

Famous Taurus Authors

Charlotte Brontë - April 21, 1816

Vladimir Nabokov - April 22, 1899

Louise Glück - April 22, 1943

William Shakespeare - April 23, 1564

J. P. Donleavy - April 23, 1926

Charles Johnson - April 23, 1948

Robert Penn Warren - April 24, 1905

Marcus Aurelius - April 26, 121 AD

Bernard Malamud - April 26, 1914

Jessie Redmon Fauset - April 27, 1882

August Wilson - April 27, 1945

Harper Lee - April 28, 1926

Yusef Komunyakaa - April 29, 1947

Alice B. Toklas - April 30, 1877

Annie Dillard - April 30, 1945

Joseph Heller - May 1, 1923

Terry Southern - May 1, 1924

Niccolò Machiavelli - May 3, 1469

May Sarton - May 3, 1912

Søren Kierkegaard - May 5, 1813

Karl Marx - May 5, 1818

Robert Browning - May 7, 1812

Angela Carter - May 7, 1940

Gary Snyder - May 8, 1930

Thomas Pynchon - May 8, 1937

Richard Adams - May 9, 1920

Joy Harjo - May 9, 1951

Jiddu Krishnamurti - May 11, 1895

Farley Mowat - May 12, 1921

Daphne du Maurier - May 13, 1907

L. Frank Baum - ​​May 15, 1856

Katherine Anne Porter - May 15, 1890

Mikhail Bulgakov - May 15, 1891

Adrienne Rich - May 16, 1929

Gary Paulsen - May 17, 1939

Omar Khayyam - May 18, 1048

Malcolm X - May 19, 1925

Lorraine Hansberry - May 19, 1930

Nora Ephron - May 19, 1941

Honore De Balzac - May 20, 1799

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