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E. M. Forster

Edward Morgan Forster was an English novelist, short story writer and librettist. Many of his novels examine class difference and hypocrisy, including A Room with a View, Howards End and A Passage to India; the last brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 different years. Forster, born at 6 Melcombe Place, Dorset Square, London NW1, a building no longer standing, was the only child of the Anglo-Irish Alice Clara "Lily" and a Welsh architect, Edward Morgan Llewellyn Forster, he accidentally baptised Edward Morgan Forster. His father died of tuberculosis on 30 October 1880 before Morgan's second birthday. In 1883, he and his mother moved to Rooks Nest, near Stevenage, Hertfordshire until 1893; this served as a model for Howards End in his novel of that name. It is listed Grade I for literary associations, he had fond memories of his childhood there. Among Forster's ancestors were members of the Clapham Sect, a social reform group within the Church of England.

Forster inherited £8,000 in trust from his paternal great-aunt Marianne Thornton, who died on 5 November 1887. The money enabled him to become a writer, he attended as a day boy Tonbridge School in Kent, where the school theatre has been named in his honour, although he is known to have been unhappy there. At King's College, between 1897 and 1901, he became a member of a discussion society known as the Apostles, they met in secret, discussed their work on philosophical and moral questions. Many of its members went on to constitute what came to be known as the Bloomsbury Group, of which Forster was a member in the 1910s and 1920s. There is a famous recreation of Forster's Cambridge at the beginning of The Longest Journey; the Schlegel sisters of Howards End are based to some degree on Virginia Stephen. Forster was gay. In 1906 he fell in love with Syed Ross Masood, a 17-year-old future Oxford student he tutored in Latin; the Indian had more of a romantic, poetic view of friendship, confusing Forster with constant avowals of his love.

After leaving university, he travelled in continental Europe with his mother. They moved to Weybridge, where he wrote all six of his novels. In 1914, he visited Egypt and India with the classicist Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, by which time he had written all but one of his novels; as a conscientious objector in the First World War, Forster served as a Chief Searcher for the British Red Cross in Alexandria, Egypt. Though conscious of his repressed desires, it was only at this time, while stationed in Egypt, that he "lost his R " to a wounded soldier in 1917. Forster spent a second spell in India in the early 1920s as private secretary to Tukojirao III, Maharajah of Dewas; the Hill of Devi is his non-fictional account of this period. After returning to London from India, he completed the last novel of his to be published in his lifetime, A Passage to India, for which he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, he edited the letters of Eliza Fay from India, in an edition first published in 1925.

In 2012, Tim Leggatt, who knew Forster for his last 15 years, wrote a memoir using unpublished correspondence with him dating from those years. In the 1930s and 1940s Forster became a notable broadcaster on BBC Radio and a public figure associated with the Union of Ethical Societies. In addition to his broadcasting, he advocated individual liberty and penal reform and opposed censorship by writing articles, sitting on committees and signing letters, his weekly book review during the war was commissioned by George Orwell, the talks producer at the India Section of the BBC from 1941 to 1943. He was awarded a Benson Medal in 1937. Forster was homosexual and a lifelong bachelor, he developed a long-term relationship with a married policeman. Forster included Buckingham and his wife May in his circle, which included J. R. Ackerley, a writer and literary editor of The Listener, the psychologist W. J. H. Sprott, for a time, the composer Benjamin Britten. Other writers with whom Forster associated included Christopher Isherwood, the poet Siegfried Sassoon, the Belfast-based novelist Forrest Reid.

From 1925 until his mother's death at age 90 in March 1945, Forster lived with her at the house West Hackhurst in the village of Abinger Hammer, Surrey leaving in September 1946. His London base was 26 Brunswick Square from 1930 to 1939, after which he rented 9 Arlington Park Mansions in Chiswick until at least 1961. After a fall in April 1961, he spent his final years in Cambridge at King's College. Forster was elected an honorary fellow of King's College, Cambridge, in January 1946, lived for the most part in the college, doing little. In April 1947 he arrived in America to begin a three-month nationwide tour of public readings and sightseeing, returning to the East Coast in June, he declined a knighthood in 1949 and was made a Companion of Honour in 1953. At age 82, he wrote Little Imber, a science fiction tale. According to his friend Richard Marquand, Forster was critical of American foreign policy in his latter years; this was one of the reasons why he refused offers to adapt his novels for the screen, because Forster felt that such productions would involve American financing.

At 85 he went on a pilgrimage to the Wiltshire countryside that had inspired his favourite novel The Longest Journ

Robert J. Garagiola

Robert J. Garagiola is an American lawyer and former politician from the state of Maryland. A Democrat, he had represented District 15 in north-western Montgomery County in the Maryland State Senate. Garagiola was born in Michigan to Ken and Marge Garagiola. In 1979, he and his family moved to the suburbs of Indiana. In 1981, his family moved to the suburbs of Missouri. At age 10, his family moved, again, to a northern suburb of San Diego. On September 5, 1988, his family moved once more to New Jersey. After graduating from Ocean City High School in 1990, Rob attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1994, he received his B. S. in Political Science. During his years as an undergraduate, Rob joined Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, served as the Rutgers Chapter president in 1993 and District 1 Archon from 1994 to 1995, he is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School. In 1994, Rob moved to Germantown, with his college girlfriend. Shortly thereafter, they had three children, he was a U.

S. Army Reserves paratrooper, 1995-2001, attaining the rank of sergeant, he was entitled to wear Commendation Medal. He was admitted to the bar in 2001, is licensed to practice in law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, before the U. S. Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the U. S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, he practices Business Law, Real estate law, Employment Law. After his separation in 2011 and divorce, he remarried in 2013. Garagiola was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2002, re-elected in 2006, 2010 and served until September 1, 2013, he was Deputy Majority Leader, Majority Leader. He was Senate Chair for the Joint Committee on Children and Families, sat on the Finance Committee, he was the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing and Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus 2007–2011. Bloggers speculated Garagiola might become a candidate for Congress in Maryland's 8th congressional district should current Congressman Chris Van Hollen seek another office.

On November 1, 2011, Garagiola announced his run for the newly redistricted Maryland's 6th congressional district, held by 10-term incumbent Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett, he secured endorsements from Governor Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer. In the primary election of April 3, 2012 he lost by 17% to a political newcomer John K. Delaney. In June 2013, Garagiola announced that he would retire on August 31, 2013; as he retired before the end of his term, Brian Feldman was appointed to fill his seat for the remainder of the term.</ref>

Phyllis Harding

Phyllis May Harding known by her married name Phyllis Turner, was an English backstroke and freestyle swimmer who competed for Great Britain in the 1924 Summer Olympics, 1928 Summer Olympics, 1932 Summer Olympics and 1936 Summer Olympics. In the 1924 Olympics she won a silver medal in the 100-metre backstroke event. Four years in Amsterdam she was third in her first round of 100-metre backstroke event and did not advance. In the 1932 Olympics she was fourth in the 100-metre backstroke event. In the 1936 Olympics she was seventh in the 100-metre backstroke event. Harding was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a "Pioneer Swimmer" in 1995. List of members of the International Swimming Hall of Fame List of Olympic medalists in swimming Phyllis Harding at Olympics at Phyllis Harding at the International Olympic Committee

Ernst von Pfuel

Ernst Heinrich Adolf von Pfuel was a Prussian general, as well as Prussian Minister of War and Prime Minister of Prussia. Pfuel was born in Prussia, he served as commander of Cologne and the Prussian sector of Paris from 1814-15 during the Napoleonic Wars. Pfuel served as Governor of Berlin and Governor of the Prussian Canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Pfuel replaced Karl Wilhelm von Willisen as the Royal Special Commissioner of King Frederick William IV of Prussia during the Greater Poland Uprising, he was a member of the Prussian National Assembly of 1848 and that year, served as Prussian Minister of War from 7 September to 2 November, as well as Prime Minister of Prussia. Pfuel was a close friend of Heinrich von Kleist, he was an innovator of the breaststroke swimming technique, the founder of the world's first military swimming-school, in 1810 in Prague. From 1816 he was a member of the Gesetzlose Gesellschaft zu Berlin, he died in Berlin

Southern Great Lakes forests

The Southern Great Lakes lowland forests is a temperate broadleaf and mixed forest ecoregion of North America, as defined by the World Wildlife Fund. It lies in the central northeastern United States and extends into southeast central Canada. In modern times, little of it remains intact due to land use, including urban uses; this area includes the southern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, much of Indiana and Ohio. It extends through the southern half of Southwest Ontario from Windsor to Toronto and into Pennsylvania and New York on the southern rims of lakes Erie and Ontario; this region is characterized by mild-to-cold, snowy winters. This ecoregion is associated with the temperate deciduous forest to the south and thus contained a variety of habitats including freshwater marshes, bogs and hardwood and conifer swamps; the Southern Great Lakes forests were rich in wildlife. Birds include downy woodpecker, wood duck and eastern screech owl. Large mammals including American black bear and gray wolf have been removed from this ecoregion and remaining mammals include white-tailed deer, snowshoe hare, eastern chipmunk, American red squirrel and eastern gray squirrel.

Because of extensive urbanization and agricultural use little of this habitat remains intact. List of ecoregions in the United States "Southern Great Lakes Forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. World Wildlife Fund, ed.. "Southern Great Lakes forests". WildWorld Ecoregion Profile. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on 2010-03-08. Central U. S. hardwood forests images at Southern Great Lakes forests

Hercules (Seneca)

Hercules or Hercules furens is a fabula crepidata of c. 1344 lines of verse written by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Juno and wife of Jupiter, queen of heaven chorus, Of Thebans Amphitryon, Husband of Hercules' mother Megara, Wife of Hercules and daughter of Creon Lycus, Usurper of the throne of Thebes Hercules, Son of Jupiter and Alcmena, but the reputed son of Amphitryon Theseus, King of Athens and friend of Hercules Lycus was exiled for his crimes by Creon the father-in-law of Hercules and king of Thebes. Hercules being at that time away in the underworld, where he had gone to seek out Cerberus as the final labour assigned him by Eurystheus through Juno's hatred. Here he found Theseus, who had made a descent into the regions of Pluto in company of Pirithous with the intention of carrying off Proserpine. Lycus seized his opportunity, aided by conspirators, slayed Creon together with his two sons, usurped the Kingdom of Thebes. Juno vents her anger at the love affairs of Jupiter, his concubines and bastard offspring, is angry about the successes of Hercules, so on his return from the underworld will be thrown by Juno into a state of mad frenzy.

The Chorus of Thebans beginning with a description of the dawn of day alludes to the customs of the times, condemning the pursuits and undertakings of the nobles. They reprove Hercules for his audacity in the attempting of his various labors, extol and sigh for the tranquillity, only to be found in leading a retired life. Megara bewails the absence of Hercules, complains of the violence and insolence of Lycus. Amphitryon pities the despondent state of Megara's mind, tenders his consolation. Lycus, having slain Creon and his sons, has established himself on the throne and governs the kingdom, he seeks to marry Megara, using every stratagem, threatens violence in case she refuses. Hercules asks for the pardon of Phoebus and the rest of the Gods, that although having been commanded, he had dragged Cerberus from the underworld to the regions above. Hercules having returned from the underworld with Theseus encounters Amphitryon who greets him and informs him about events. Hercules goes off to kill Lycus.

Theseus provides Amphitryon with the deeds of Hercules. The Chorus sings of the victory of Hercules gained in the underworld, praises the hero. Hercules having returned after the slaughter of Lycus, as he is about to offer sacrifices to the Gods whom he has invoked, becomes mad and under the influence of his madness, he kills his wife and children, falls into a deep sleep! Hercules wakes, with his mind restored, learns that he has killed his own children, he prepares to kill himself, but prevailed on, by the appeals of Amphitryon and Theseus, he refrains from suicide, at the suggestion of Theseus, he starts for Athens, to undergo the ordeal of atonement for his mad acts. Otto Zwierlein, Seneca Tragoedia John G. Fitch Tragedies, Volume I: Hercules. Trojan Women. Phoenician Women. Medea. Phaedra