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Cover Image: [Original Dust Jacket Art]: Spider Boy by McRAE, Ronald. (Carl Van Vechten)

[Original Dust Jacket Art]: Spider Boy

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Cover Image: Geoffrey Faber 1889-1961 by ELIOT, T.S.

Geoffrey Faber 1889-1961

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Cover Image: Original New Yorker Cover Painting for the April 1, 1933 issue by de MISKEY, Julian

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This week in literary history.

1535 English lawyer, statesman, and author of Utopia (a term he coined), Sir Thomas More, was beheaded (and thus martyred) in London for refusing to accept Henry VIII's Church of England. He was the dedicatee of his friend Desiderius Erasmus' The Praise of Folly and the subject of Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons.

1621 Poet Jean de La Fontaine, famous for his fables, was born in Chateau-Thierry, France.

1804 Nathaniel Hawthorne, known for The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, and numerous classic short stories, was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804.

1822 A few weeks shy of his 30th birthday, the English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned in a sudden storm while sailing off the coast of Livorno, Tuscany.

1859 Poet and Nobel laureate Verner von Heidenstamm was born in Olshammar, Sweden.

1859 Prolific British author Fergus Hume was born. At the age of three his family moved to New Zealand, where he spent many years and wrote a self-published novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. It was a great international success (although he sold the rights for very little and made almost nothing from it) and he moved back to England, where he produced over 100 other titles.

1860 Malaseka, by Ann S. Stephens, the first mass-marketed paperback book, was published on July 9, 1860.

1863 Clement C. Moore, remembered exclusively for the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (although if you're only going to be remembered for one poem, that's a good one), died in Newport, Rhode Island on July 10, 1863, five days short of his 84th birthday.

1866 British mystery author E.W. Hornung, brother-in-law of Arthur Conan Doyle and creator of gentleman-thief A.J. Raffles, was born in Middlesbrough, England.

1867 Finley Peter Dunn, eminently quotable journalist and author of Mr. Dooley in Peace and War, was born in Chicago.

1871 French novelist Marcel Proust, author of the monumental seven-part novel known in English as Remembrance of Things Past, was born in Paris.

1875 British journalist and poet E.C. Bentley, inventor of the humorous poetic form the "clerihew" (taken from his middle name) and author of the classic mystery Trent's Last Case, was born in London on July 10, 1875.

1889 Poet, novelist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau was born in Maisons-Lafitte, France.

1893 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), was born in Watford, England on July 5, 1893.

1893 Guy de Maupassant, one of the fathers of the modern short story, died in Paris on July 6, 1893 at age 42 at the celebrated private asylum of Dr. Esprit Blanche. He had suffered from syphilis since his 20s which caused an increasing mental instability, including a suicide attempt a year before his death.

1899 Mystery author Mignon G. Eberhart, who specialized in stories that combined romance and suspense, was born in University Place, Nebraska on July 6, 1899.

1903 English science-fiction novelist John Wyndham, author of The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire.

1905 Mildred Wirt Benson, who took Edward Stratemeyer's notes for a female detective and fleshed them out to create series heroine Nancy Drew, was born in Ladora, Iowa on July 5, 1905 (some sources give the date as July 10th). Benson also wrote many of the early books in the series, which were published under the Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

1907 Science-fiction master Robert Heinlein, author of Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land and many other classics of the genre, was born in Butler, Missouri on July 7, 1907.

1908 Celebrated essayist M.F.K. Fisher, best known for her gastronomical works such as Serve It Forth and The Gastronomical Me, was born in Albion, Michigan on July 3, 1908.

1908 Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus stories, died in West End, Georgia at age 59 of cirrhosis of the liver.

1911 Mystery author John Ball, best known for his Edgar-winning first book, In the Heat of the Night, was born in Schenectady, New York on July 8, 1911.

1911 English novelist and illustrator Mervyn Peake, best known for his gothic Gormenghast trilogy, was born in Guling, in the Jiangxi province of China, where his father was a doctor and missionary. His family returned to England when he was twelve.

1915 African-American poet and novelist Margaret Walker, author of For My People and Jubilee, was born on July 7, 1915 in Birmingham, Alabama.

1917 Novelist J.F. Powers, whose Morte d'Urban won the National Book Award, was born in Jacksonville, Illinois on July 8, 1917.

1918 English poet John Heath-Stubbs, best known for his epic Arthurian poet Artorius, was born in London.

1919 John Fox, Jr., author of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, died of pneumonia in Big Stone Gap, Virginia on July 8, 1919 at age 56.

1923 Screenwriter and regional author Earl Hamner, Jr., whose novel Spencer's Mountain was the basis for the television program The Waltons, was born in Schuyler, Virginia on July 10, 1923.

1927 Playwright Neil Simon, author of numerous hit plays including Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, and California Suite, was born in the Bronx.

1929 Shirley Ann Grau, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Keepers of the House, was born in New Orleans.

1930 Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, died in Crowborough, Sussex of heart disease at age 71.

1931 Canadian short-story writer Alice Munro was born in Wingham, Ontario on July 10, 1931.

1932 Scottish author Kenneth Grahame, best known for his children's classic, The Wind in the Willows, died Pangbourne, England on July 6, 1932 at age 73. His cousin, Anthony Hope, author of the rousing adventure novel The Prisoner of Zenda, wrote his epitaph.

1935 Acclaimed children's book Illustrator John Schoenherr, who won a Caldecott-Medal for Owl Moon (text by Jane Yolen) and also illustrated the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and several novels in Frank Herbert's Dune series, was born in Manhattan.

1962 American Nobel laureate William Faulkner, who in the span of a few years wrote several of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th Century including The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Absalom, Absalom!, died of a heart attack near his home in Oxford, Mississippi on July 6, 1962 at age 64.

1965 Novelist T.S. Stribling, known for his mystery collection The Clues of the Caribbees and his Pulitzer Prize-winner The Store, died in his hometown of Clifton, Tennessee on July 8, 1965 at age 84.

1971 English classical scholar Cecil Maurice Bowra died in Wadham College, Oxford on July 4, 1971 at age 73. A noted wit, he once explained his engagement to a "plain" girl despite his homosexuality by saying, "Buggers can't be choosers."

2005 Prolific mystery author Evan Hunter, aka Ed McBain, and author of the 87th Precinct novels, died in Weston, Connecticut at age 78.

2005 French novelist and Nobel laureate Claude Simon, author of The Flanders Road, died in Paris at age 91.



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