July 27, 1881
“The world’s history is a poem,
the history of every nation is a canto,
and every man a word”
“You have kindly sent me
a special reporter
I have dictated to him my life
It will be copyrighted and published . . .
by some first-class publishing house
in New York or Boston
This will be one of my contributions
to our nation’s canto"
How to Become an Idol -- Frederick Burr Opper
[Michael has composed "Eighty Days," dramatic monologues for each day from July 2, 1881 through September 19, 1881 (from the day president James Garfield was shot until the day he died).]