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Cover Image: Ritual by PINNER, David

Ritual

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Fighting Angel

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This week in literary history.

1694 French Enlightenment writer, Voltaire, famous for his wit and for producing works in almost every literary form, was born on November 21, 1694 in Paris.

1713 Anglo-Irish novelist Laurence Sterne, author of the early, sprawling, experimental novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland on November 24, 1713.

1819 Victorian novelist Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was born in Warwickshire, England on November 22, 1819. Her works included Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner.

1820 On November 20, 1820 the whaleship Essex sunk after it was attacked by a sperm whale. Thirty years later Herman Melville, only a year old at the time of the incident, used the event as the basis for his most famous work, Moby-Dick.

1849 Frances Hodgson Burnett, American playwright and author of several excellent children's books including Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden, was born in Manchester, England on November 24, 1849.

1858 Selma Lagerlof, both the first woman and the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Marbacka, Sweden. Among her novels were Gosta Berlings saga and Jerusalem.

1869 French author and Nobel laureate Andre Gide, whose works included The Immoralist, If It Die, and The Counterfeiters, was born in Paris on November 22, 1869.

1870 American novelist Mary Johnston, author of To Have and to Hold, was born in Buchanan, Virginia on November 21, 1870.

1874 Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd was published on November 23, 1874.

1895 English author Louis Golding was born in Manchester. Although he wrote on a wide variety of subjects, today he is best remembered for his novels including Forward from Babylon, Magnolia Street, and Mr. Emmanuel.

1899 Prolific author and screenwriter W.R. Burnett was born in Springfield, Ohio on November 25, 1899. Among his best known novels were Little Caesar, High Sierra, and The Asphalt Jungle.

1907 Western novelist Jack Schaefer, whose works included Monte Walsh and the classic Shane, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 19, 1907.

1908 Mystery writer Harry Kemelman, famous for his Rabbi David Small series, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 24, 1908.

1916 Jack London, author of such classics as Call of the Wild and White Fang, died in Glen Ellen, California, at age 40 on November 22, 1916, either from uremic poisoning, or from an overdose (accidental or deliberate) of the morphine he was taking to alleviate the pain.

1917 Australian novelist Jon Cleary, whose works include Sundowners, The High Commissioner, and Peter's Pence, was born in Sydney on November 22, 1917.

1922 Political activist and IRA member Erskine Childers was executed by firing squad in Dublin during the Anglo-Irish War on November 24, 1922 at the age of 52. His son went on the become the President of the Republic of Ireland, and his grandson held several important United Nations positions. As an author Childers is remembered for his espionage novel The Riddle of the Sands.

1923 South African novelist and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, author of The Conservationist and July's People, was born in Springs, Transvaal.

1925 Author, columnist, ex-CIA operative, founder of the National Review, and spokesman for all things Right, William F. Buckley was born in New York City on November 24, 1925. The scion of oil barons, Buckley's most lasting contribution to American letters may be his son, the satirical novelist Christopher Buckley.

1926 British spy novelist, John Gardner, who penned over a dozen James Bond novels after Ian Fleming's death, was born in Northumberland on November 20, 1926.

1936 Novelist Don DeLillo, author of such works as Americana, White Noise, and Mao II, was born in New York City.

1945 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ellen Glasgow, author of In This Our Life, died in Richmond, Virginia at age 72 on November 21, 1945.

1948 British author A.E.W. Mason, best known for his classic adventure novel The Four Feathers, died in London at age 83 on November 22, 1948.

1950 Controversial novelist and Nobel laureate Johannes Jensen, considered the father of Danish modernism, died in Copenhagen at age 77 on November 25, 1950. Among his most notable works are The Fall of the King and The Long Journey.

1961 Arundhati Roy, who won the Booker Prize for her first novel The God of Small Things, was born in Assam, India on November 24, 1961.

1963 President and occasional author John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Prior to his presidency he wrote Why England Slept, As We Remember Joe, and Profiles in Courage.

1963 British author C.S. Lewis died in Oxford on November 22, 1963, a week before his 65th birthday. He is known to a wide variety of readers for his witty Christian apologetics (such as The Screwtape Letters), his science-fiction allegories (beginning with Out of the Silent Planet), and his enduring children's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia.

1963 English novelist Aldous Huxley, author of Antic Hay, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, and most notably Brave New World among many others, died in Los Angeles at age 69 on November 22, 1963.

1970 On November 25, 1970 Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima, whose works included Confessions of a Mask, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, took control of a military office in downtown Tokyo with four militant students, then committed suicide by seppuku.

1976 Andre Malraux, author of La Condition Humaine [Man's Fate], died at age 75 in Creteil, France on November 23, 1976.

1990 Welsh novelist Roald Dahl, best known for such children's classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, died of leukemia in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, at the age of 74 on November 23, 1990.

1990 Playwright and novelist Dodie Smith, author of I Capture the Castle and the children's classic The Hundred and One Dalmatians, died in Uttlesford, Essex, England at age 94 on November 24, 1990.

1993 English novelist and critic Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange and Enderby Outside, died of lung cancer in London at age 76 on November 22, 1993.

2006 Mystery writer William Diehl, author of Sharkey's Machine and Primal Fear, died on November 24, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia at age 81. He started his first novel when he was 50 - he was serving as a juror and, bored by proceedings, he began to write fiction on a notepad.

2011 Science-fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, famous for her Dragonriders of Pern series and the first woman to win both the Nebula and Hugo awards, died at her home, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland at age 85 on November 21, 2011.

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