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Cover Image: Joe Louis: My Life by LOUIS, Joe with Edna and Art Rust, Jr.

Joe Louis: My Life

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Land of Unlikeness

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The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms...

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This Week...

This week in literary history.

1469 Dutch humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus, author of The Praise of Folly, was born (probably in Rotterdam, but possibly in Gouda, which sounds pretty messy).

1772 English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, author of Christabel, Kubla Khan, and his masterpiece, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, was born in Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire. His well-known opium habit was partly the product of a very unhappy personal life - when he was young his good friend Robert Southey convinced him to marry a woman he didn't love as part of a scheme to found a utopian society, then Southey backed out of the plan. Later he fell in love with his other good friend William Wordsworth's future sister-in-law, another relationship which didn't work out.

1787 The first of The Federalist Papers was published. These articles arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.

1838 American author, artist, and engineer F. Hopkinson Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 23, 1838. His great-grandfather was Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. His 1891 book Colonel Carter of Cartersville was selected as a Johnson Highspot of American Literature, and he built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty.

1845 American poet Will Carleton, who often wrote about rural life and whose 1873 book Farm Ballads is a Johnson Highspot of American Literature, was born in Lenawee County, Michigan on October 21, 1845. His poetry, once quite popular, continues to provide many homespun quotes such as "To appreciate heaven well, it's good for a person to have some fifteen minutes of hell."

1886 Journalist and mystery author Vincent Starrett, author of The Unique Hamlet, Murder on B Deck, and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, was born in Toronto.

1902 Charles Leslie McFarlane, a Canadian journalist who wrote 19 of the first 25 Hardy Boys books for Edward Stratemeyer's Stratemeyer Syndicate, was born in Carleton Place, Ontario. The series was published under the Syndicate pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon.

1902 Journalist and novelist Frank Norris died in San Francisco at age 32 of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. He was the first important American author to embrace naturalism, and his novels included The Octopus, the first part of his unfinished Epic of Wheat trilogy, and McTeague, which was made into the classic silent film Greed by Erich von Stroheim.

1904 American playwright Moss Hart, among whose many successes were You Can't Take It With You, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and My Fair Lady, was born in New York City on October 24, 1904.

1912 British-American novelist and journalist Robert Barr, best known for his mystery work Triumphs of Eugene Valmont, died in Woldingham, Surrey at age 62.

1918 Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Magnificent Ambersons was published on October 24, 1918. Orson Welles directed and adapted the screenplay (with some help from leading man Joseph Cotten) for his 1942 film of the same name. The film went on to receive four Academy Award nominations, although it lost on most counts to Mrs. Miniver the Best Picture winner that year.

1919 British writer Doris Lessing, author of The Golden Notebook, The Good Terrorist, and her Children of Violence series, was born in Kermansha, Iran on October 22, 1919. She was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature - at the age of 88 she overtook Theodor Mommsen as the oldest person to win the award (he'd held that title since 1902, so it was about time).

1923 Denise Levertov was born Ilford, Essex as Denise Levertoff. When she was twelve she sent poems to T.S. Eliot, who replied with a two-page letter of encouragement. After WWII she moved with her husband to the United States and became an American citizen.

1926 Ernest Hemingway's first major novel, The Sun Also Rises, was published on October 22, 1926. It quickly became a cornerstone of the Lost Generation.

1933 Norman Rush, author of Whites and the National Book Award-winning Mating, was born in Oakland, California.

1935 Ernest Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa was published on October 25, 1935.

1936 William Faulkner published Absalom, Absalom!, considered by many to be his greatest achievement, on October 26, 1936.

1939 Prolific novelist Zane Grey died in Altadena, California on October 23, 1939 at age 67 of heart failure. He trained as a dentist at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced for a half-dozen years before privately printing a novel of pioneer life based on an ancestor. This was followed by numerous westerns, including The Heritage of the Desert and The Riders of the Purple Sage.

1940 Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls was published on October 21, 1940.

1941 American novelist Anne Tyler, author of Celestial Navigation, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Breathing Lessons, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 25, 1941. She spent much of her youth in North Carolina and for many years has been a resident of Baltimore.

1942 Physician and thriller author Michael Crichton, whose many bestsellers include A Case of Need, The Andromeda Strain, and Jurassic Park, was born in Chicago.

1943 Mystery author Frances Noyes Hart died in New Canaan, Connecticut on October 25, 1943 at age 53. Her novel The Bellamy Trial, inspired by the 1922 Halls-Mills murder involving the death of an Episcopal priest and a member of his choir, was a pioneering work which defined the genre of the court-room mystery drama.

1945 Author Pat Conroy, whose novels include The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides, was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1950 Poet Clement Wood, known for "The Smithy of God" and "Jehovah," died in Schenectady, New York on October 26, 1950 at age 62 following a stroke.

1957 Irish dramatist and fantasist Lord Dunsany, whose many works included The Gods of Pegana and The Book of Wonder died in Dublin at age 79.

1957 Controversial and eclectic Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, best known for Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, died in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, at age 71 on October 26, 1957. Although arguably the most important and translated Greek writer of the 20th Century, he did not become internationally known until the film version of Zorba was released in 1964, seven years after his death.

1967 American author Margaret Ayer Barnes, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Years of Grace, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 25, 1967. She turned to writing at age 40 while convalescing from a bad auto accident in 1926.

1969 Beat novelist Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road and The Dharma Bums, died of a stomach hemorrhage in St. Petersburg, Florida at age 47.

1971 Science-fiction author Philip Wylie, whose 1930 novel Gladiator inspired the character Superman, died of a heart attack in Miami, Florida at age 69.

1975 Mystery author Rex Stout died in Danbury, Connecticut at age 88. He is best known for his fictional sleuth, the reclusive gourmand Nero Wolfe, who appeared in Fer-de-Lance and 45 additional works.

1977 Mystery writer James M. Cain, author of such classics as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, died in University Park, Maryland on October 27, 1977 at age 85.

1989 Novelist and critic Mary McCarthy, whose works include The Company She Keeps, The Group, and Cannibals and Missionaries, died in New York at age 77. At the time she was in the midst of a $2.5 libel suit brought against her by Lillian Hellman, whom she had called a liar on The Dick Cavett Show. Among her four husbands was the writer and critic Edmund Wilson.

1990 American novelist Thomas Williams died of lung cancer on October 23, 1990 in Dover, New Hampshire at the age of 63.

1995 British novelist Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim and The Old Devils, died in London at age 73 after a fall.

1998 British mystery writer Eric Ambler, whose long career included The Mask of Dimitrios and Light of Day, died in his hometown of London on October 22, 1998 at the age of 89.



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