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  We know of 3 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on June 30:
  • On this day in 1923, after a visit with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Edmund Wilson, who had been Fitzgerald's college roommate, wrote to John Peale Bishop that it "take me pages do do justice to their pranks."
  • On this day in 1936, the most popular novel in American literary history, Gone with the Wind, was published. The author, an Atlanta newspaper woman named Margaret Mitchell, considered two titles for her epic story of the Civil War: Bugles Sang Truce and Tomorrow Is Another Day. (She also tentatively gave her heroine the name Pansy O'Hara.) After her novel had gone in an agent's valise to New York, Mitchell was reading the Oxford Anthology of English Verse, and a poem by Ernest Dowson caught her eye. It carried the Latin title, "Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae," a phrase which is translated in full as "I am not as I was under the reign of good Queen Cynara. "That poem contains the phrase, "I have lost much, Cynara. Gone with the wind... "She knew she had her title.
  • The minor English Romantic poet Thomas Lovell Beddoes was born on this day in Clifton, near Bristol, in 1803. His father was Dr. Thomas Beddoes, the Radical physician who treated the hypochondriac Samuel Taylor Coleridge and is thought to have introduced Coleridge to the use of laudanum. Beddoes fils became a poet, participating in the Elizabethan Revival that took place in British drama during the Regency. His play The Bride's Tragedy was considered the best verse-play of the period. Like his farther, he trained as a physician, and he spent the last half of his life in Germany, practicing medicine involving himself in revolutionary politics, and continuing to write on one play, Death's Jest-Book, or The Fool's Tragedy. He took his life in Switzerland in 1849.