Sunday, 22 September 2019

1177) Paolo Thaon di Revel

1170) Paolo Camillo Thaon, Marquess of Revel (1859 – 1948), latterly titled by Benito Mussolini with the honorary title of 1st Duke of the Sea. Italian admiral of the Royal Italian Navy (Regia Marina) during World War I and later a politician.
He was born in Turin from a family of the Savoyard and Niçard nobility of Scottish descent, a minor son of Marquess and Count Ottavio Thaon di Revel.

- "His shock of red hair, his reddish beard, and his short, stocky figure almost persuaded one that County Cork was his native soil."

1176) Norah Lange

Norah Lange (1905 – 1972). Argentine author of Norwegian descent, associated with the Buenos Aires avant garde of the 1920s and 1930s.
A member of the Florida group, which also included figures such as Oliverio Girondo (whom she married in 1943) and Jorge Luis Borges (who dedicated an article to her in his first book of prose, Inquisiciones), she published in the "ultraist" magazines Prisma, Proa and Martín Fierro.
Her ultramodernist poetry influenced other well-known Argentine writers such as Nydia Lamarque, Maria Elena Walsh, Maria Dhialma Tiberti, and Ines Malinow.
Her 1950 novel Personas en la sala, was published in the English as People in the Room in 2018.
In 1958, SADE (the Argentine Society of writers) awarded her their Grand Prize of Honor.

- "A particularly striking attribute of Norah Lange's was her mane of red hair, an exotic attribute in a Latin country and one associated in the Hispanic world with devilment and mischief. [...] Norah's, then, was a complex allure: her red hair spoke of passion, but her pale, Scandinavian looks called to mind the purity of an angel..."…/sep/11/biography.fiction

- "... Lange became a modernist muse, lauded as much for her Nordic looks and flaming red hair (she has been described both as a “valkyrie” and as the ultraístas’s “angel and siren”) as she was for her playful spirit and her accomplishments as an author.…/norah-langes-people-in-…

- "... Norah Lange, the muse of Borges's literary generation, a red-haired beauty of Norwegian extraction.…

1175) Samuel Sagan

Samuel Sagan (1905 - 1979). Born in Kamenets-Podolsk (then in the Russian Empire, in today's Ukraine), when he was about five, he and his siblings left for the United States. They were sponsored by their uncle George, who was only about seventeen.
He became a garment worker and married Rachel Gruber in Brooklyn, on March 4, 1933. They had one daughter, Carol, and one son, Carl, who became a famous astronomer and author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize with the book The Dragons of Eden.

- "He was skinny, red-haired, and covered with freckles."

- "Samuel had a head of flaming red hair. "Red" and "Lucky" were his nicknames."

- "He was a gentle man with flaming red hair, a wry sense of humor and a sunny outlook on life."…

- "Known as 'Red' (thanks to his bright red hair) and 'Lucky'..."…

Saturday, 21 September 2019

1174) Molly Ivins

Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins (1944 – 2007). American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. Ivins joined The Texas Observer in the early 1970s and later moved to The New York Times. She became a columnist for the Dallas Times Herald in the 1980s, and then the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the Times Herald was sold and shuttered. The column was subsequently syndicated by Creators Syndicate and carried by hundreds of newspapers. A biography of Ivins, Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, was co-written in 2010 by PEN-USA winning presidential biographer Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith.

- "She was a striking figure, six feet tall with flaming red hair, with the ability to drink heartily and a mouth that would make a longshoreman blush."…/review-raise-hell-the-life-and-t…

- "This six-foot, red-haired Texan found joy in reporting as one of the lone liberals in her deep-red state."…/raise-hell-the-life-times-of-mo…

- "At almost six feet tall and with flaming red hair, Molly Ivins was hard to miss and is difficult to forget."

- "Friends suggested she did it to be irreverent, to be cool, to be sure that people colud see the mane of red hair set against the less-than-girly coat."…

Friday, 20 September 2019

1173) James Francis Edward Stuart

James Francis Edward Stuart (1688 – 1766), nicknamed The Old Pretender. Son of King James II and VII of England, Scotland and Ireland, and his second wife, Mary of Modena. He was Prince of Wales from July 1688 until, just months after his birth, his Catholic father was deposed and exiled in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. James II's Protestant elder daughter, Mary II, and her husband, William III, became co-monarchs and the Bill of Rights 1689 and Act of Settlement 1701 excluded Catholics from the English then, subsequently, British throne.
James Francis Edward was raised in Continental Europe. After his father's death in 1701, he claimed the English, Scottish and Irish crown as James III of England and Ireland and James VIII of Scotland, with the support of his Jacobite followers and his cousin Louis XIV of France. Fourteen years later, he unsuccessfully attempted to gain the throne in Britain during the Jacobite rising of 1715.
Following his death in 1766, his elder son, Charles Edward Stuart, continued to claim the British crown as part of the Jacobite Succession.

- "Later he developed into a handsome lad, with noble brow, finely chiseled nose, expressive dark brown eyes hair of auburn tint inclining to gold."

1172) Maria Karolina Sobieska

Maria Karolina Sobieska (1697 – 1740). Polish noblewoman, daughter of Jakub Ludwik Sobieski. Known as Marie Charlotte or only Charlotte, she was the Princess of Turenne and later Duchess of Bouillon by marriage. Charlotte was the last surviving member of the House of Sobieski.
Her younger sister Clementina married the Jacobite pretender James Francis Edward Stuart.

- "She was a pretty little thing, tall, red-haired and well-shaped; she made use of every opportunity to highlight the charms of her figure.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

1171) Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme (1931 – 1989). American short story writer and novelist known for his playful, postmodernist style of short fiction. Barthelme also worked as a newspaper reporter for the Houston Post, was managing editor of Location magazine, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1961–1962), co-founder of Fiction and a professor at various universities. He also was one of the original founders of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

- "He has red hair and a beard and dresses conservatively.…/freaked-out-on-barthelme-hes-now-…