Monday, May 03, 2010

On This Day in 1822...

Byron swam the Hellespont. Breaststroke. Per NYRB.
Leander, he would have lived many a fair year though Hero had turned nun if it had not been for a hot midsummer night, for, good youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and, being taken with the cramp, was drowned; and the foolish chroniclers of that age found it was Hero of Sestos. But these are all lies. Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
That's world-class hottie Rosalind, in Shakespeare's As You Like It.

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