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1616 Jacobean playwright Francis Beaumont, best known for his inventive dramatic parody The Knight of the Burning Pestle, died in London on March 6, 1616 at age 32.

1756 British political theorist William Godwin, husband of radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and father of novelist Mary Shelley, was born in Wisbeck, Cambridgeshire on March 3, 1756.

1785 Italian humanist, poet, and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, whose 1827 novel I Promessi Sposi [The Betrothed] is a masterpiece of world literature, was born in Milan on March 7, 1785.

1806 British Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, author of Sonnets from the Portuguese and wife of fellow poet Robert Browning, was born near Durham on March 6, 1806.

1834 English illustrator and novelist George du Maurier, who introduced the character Svengali in his novel Trilby, was born in Paris on March 6, 1834. His granddaughter was the novelist Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca, and his grandsons were the inspiration for J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

1852 Russian humorist, dramatist, and novelist Nikolai Gogol, whose novel Dead Souls and short story "The Overcoat" are considered the foundations of 19th Century Russian realism, died on March 4, 1852 in Moscow at age 42, partly of self-starvation brought on by the severe asceticism he had adopted over the previous decade.

1853 American illustrator, painter, and author Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. He is best known for his children's books, including his popular versions of the legends of both Robin Hood and King Arthur.

1859 Scottish author Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on March 8, 1859. He was a banker and occasional author, but shortly after the turn of the century he turned the bedtime stories he told his son into the classic children's book, The Wind in the Willows. The success of this book allowed him to retire from banking. Tragically, his son, Alastair Grahame, committed suicide on a railway track when he was 19 years old.

1870 Journalist and novelist Frank Norris was born in Chicago on March 5, 1870. 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.

1881 Novelist T.S. Stribling, known for his mystery collection The Clues of the Caribbees and his Pulitzer Prize-winner The Store, was born in Clifton, Tennessee on March 4, 1881.

1885 Journalist and short story master Ring Lardner, author of such great collections as the baseball-themed You Know Me Al, was born in Niles, Michigan on March 6, 1885.

1888 Louisa May Alcott died in Boston, Massachusetts on March 6, 1888 at age 55, possibly of mercury poisoning. She had never fully recovered from typhoid, which she contracted while volunteering as a nurse during the Civil War. Her war reminiscences, Hospital Sketches, brought her her first taste of fame, but her greatest success was the still-popular Little Women.

1890 American journalist, author, dramatist, and screenwriter Gene Fowler was born on March 8, 1890 in Denver, Colorado. Among his many works were the plays The Great Magoo and The Mighty Barnum. Eminently quotable, he once quipped: "The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from."

1904 Children's book author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, whose many classics included Horton Hatches the Egg, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904.

1905 British novelist Rex Warner, author of The Professor and The Aerodome, was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire on March 9, 1905.

1905 Prolific British biographer and literary historian Peter Quennell was born in Bickley, Kent on March 9, 1905.

1906 Dutch-American children's book author Meindert De Jong was born on March 4, 1906 in the village of Wierum, in the Netherlands. His 1954 book The Wheel on the School, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, won the Newbery Medal, and he was the first American author to win the International Hans Christian Andersen Award for his contributions to literature for young people.

1910 Mystery writer William Campbell Gault, who created two series private eyes, Brock Callahan and Joe Puma, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 9, 1910. In addition to his mysteries, Gault also wrote many juvenile sports novels.

1914 American-born mystery author Thomas W. Hanshew, who wrote eight detective novels and more than fifty stories featuring the character Hamilton Cleek, who had the ability to change the features of his face, died in London on March 3, 1914.

1918 Mystery writer Mickey Spillane, creator of ultra-tough detective Mike Hammer, was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 1918.

1922 The Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published on March 4, 1922.

1926 American poet and novelist James Merrill, who gained widespread appreciation in the middle of his career with his epic poems Divine Comedies, Mirabell, and Scripts for the Pageant, was born in New York City on March 3, 1926.

1927 Mystery author Nicholas Freeling, creator of the Dutch police Inspector Piet Van der Valk and whose 1966 novel King of the Rainy Country won an Edgar Award, was born in London on March 3, 1927.

1928 British writer Alan Sillitoe, best known for Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, was born in Nottingham on March 4, 1928.

1928 Columbian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, was born in Aracataca on March 6, 1928.

1931 Celebrated essayist John McPhee, author of A Sense of Where You Are, The Pine Barrens, and Levels of the Game, was born in Princeton, New Jersey on March 8, 1931.

1938 Children's book author Patricia MacLachlan, who won the Newbery Medal for her 1985 book Sarah, Plain and Tall, was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on March 3, 1938.

1939 African-American playwright Charles Fuller, whose 1981 Off-Broadway drama A Soldier's Play won the Pulitzer Prize, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1939.

1940 Novelist David Plante, whose works include The Ghost of Henry James and his Francoeur Trilogy (The Family, The Country, and The Woods), was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 4, 1940.

1940 Hamlin Garland, author of A Son of the Middle Border and other works of midwestern life, died in Hollywood, California on March 4, 1940 at age 79.

1940 American poet and lecturer Edwin Markham, author of "The Man With the Hoe," "Lincoln, the Man of the People," and other poems, died in Staten Island, New York on March 7, 1940 at age 87.

1941 American writer Sherwood Anderson, author of Winesburg, Ohio, died on March 8, 1941 at age 64 in Colon, Panama of peritonitis after swallowing a toothpick at a party. He had been a mentor to both Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner early in their careers, though both men were notably unkind to him in return.

1945 Science-fiction and fantasy writer Elizabeth Moon was born in McAllen, Texas on March 7, 1945. Her Nebula Award-winning novel The Speed of Dark is told from the viewpoint of an autistic computer programmer, and was inspired by her own autistic son Michael. She served in the marine corps and her fiction often deals with military science-fiction themes.

1947 Novelist and poet Keri Hulme, best known for her Booker Prize-winning novel The Bone People, was born in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 9, 1947.

1948 On March 6, 1948 Ross Lockridge, Jr., author of Raintree County, committed suicide in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana shortly after the novel's publication. He was 33.

1950 Edgar Lee Masters, author of Spoon River Anthology, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1950 at age 81.

1953 American children's book author and illustrator Peggy Rathmann was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 4, 1953. She won the Caldecott Medal for her 1995 book Officer Buckle and Gloria.

1955 American science-fiction author Pat Murphy, who won two Nebula Awards in 1987 (for her novel The Falling Woman as well as for her her novelette, "Rachel in Love") was born in Washington on March 9, 1955.

1956 American mystery novelist and screenwriter John Russell, author of the Queen's Quorum title The Red Mark, died in Santa Monica, California on March 6, 1956 of a heart attack at age 70. In addition to adapting his own novels he also wrote the screenplay for the silent version of Beau Geste and contributed to the screenplay for the classic Frankenstein.

1957 English artist and writer Wyndham Lewis, author of the satirical epic The Apes of God, died in London on March 7, 1957 at age 74.

1958 Jack Kerouac's novel The Subterraneans was published on March 5, 1958.

1960 American writer Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex, was born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan on March 8, 1960.

1963 American Modernist and Imagist poet William Carlos Williams, whose long career included his 1923 collection Spring and All, and his five volume Paterson series (1946-1958), died on March 4, 1963 at age 79 in his hometown of Rutherford, New Jersey. Two months later he was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his final book, Pictures from Brueghel.

1971 Anthony Berkeley Cox, who wrote numerous mysteries under the name Francis Iles, including Malice Aforethought and Before the Fact (which became the Alfred Hitchcock film Suspicion), died in London on March 9, 1971 at age 77.

1973 American novelist Pearl S. Buck, author of The Good Earth and the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, died in Danby, Vermont on March 6, 1973 at age 80.

1975 Hungarian-born children's book writer and illustrator Kate Seredy died on March 7, 1975 at age 78. Among her many notable books, her first and fourth(The Good Master and The Singing Tree) were Newbery Honor books while her second, The White Stag, won the Newbery Award. When the Caldecott Honor list was created in 1971, Seredy was retroactively named a recipient for the year 1945 for her illustrations for The Christmas Anna Angel by Ruth Sawyer.

1982 Objectivist novelist Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, died of heart failure in New York City on March 6, 1982 at age 77. She was buried next to her husband of fifty years, the prolific but marginal screen actor Frank O'Connor.

1983 Hungarian-born British novelist, journalist, and critic Arthur Koestler, best known for the novel Darkness at Noon, died in London on March 3, 1983 at age 77.

1994 Poet and novelist John Williams, whose historical fiction Augustus won the National Book Award, died in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 3, 1994 of respiratory failure at age 71.

1994 American poet, novelist and short story writer Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994 at age 73 of leukemia.

1996 French writer and film director Marguerite Duras, whose works included the original screenplay for the seminal French New Wave film Hiroshima mon amour, died of throat cancer in Paris on March 3, 1996 at age 81.

2009 American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote, whose play The Young Man from Atlanta won the Pulitzer Prize, died on March 4, 2009 in Hartford, Connecticut ten days before what would have been his 93rd birthday.

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