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Cover Image: The Garies and Their Friends by WEBB, Frank J.

The Garies and Their Friends

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Cover Image: Born Again by COLSON, Charles W.

Born Again

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Cover Image: Dawn Ginsbergh's Revenge by PERELMAN, S.J.

Dawn Ginsbergh's Revenge

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Cover Image: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families by AGEE, James and Walker Evans

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three...

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This week in literary history.

1783 French writer Louise d'Epinay, friend to Denis Diderot, Voltaire, and many others, died on April 17, 1783 at age 57. Her autobiographical novel L'Histoire de Madame de Montbrillant recounts her affair with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whom she had sponsored financially, and with whom she had an acrimonious falling out.

1824 English Romantic poet George Gordon Byron, better known as Lord Byron, author of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan, died of a fever in Missolonghi, Greece, where he had gone to assess the political and military situation. He was 36. He became a national hero in Greece, while in England he was refused burial in Westminster Abbey.

1828 The first edition of Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language was published on April 14, 1828.

1832 Spanish dramatist and Nobel laureate Jose Echegaray was born in Madrid.

1841 Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Murders of the Rue Morgue", often considered the first detective story, was published on April 20, 1841.

1843 The great American novelist Henry James, son of theologian Henry James, Sr., and brother of philosopher William James and diarist Alice James, was born in New York City on April 15, 1843.

1844 French man of letters and Nobel laureate Anatole France, author of Thais, The Elm-Tree on the Mall, and Penguin Island, was born in Paris.

1859 French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville, most famous for his Democracy in America, the first classic commentary on American government written by a foreigner, died in Cannes on April 16, 1859 at age 53.

1864 Richard Harding Davis was born.

1869 Melville Davisson Post was born.

1871 Irish dramatist John M. Synge, author of Riders to the Sea and The Playboy of the Western World, was born in Rathfarnham, near Dublin on April 16, 1871.

1885 Author Isak Dinesen, aka the Baroness Karen Blixen, was born in Rungsted, Denmark. Among her best known works are Babette's Feast, Seven Gothic Tales, and her memoir of her years running a coffee plantation in Kenya, Out of Africa.

1892 Poet, publisher, and patron of the arts Caresse Crosby was born as Mary Phelps Jacob in New Rochelle, New York on April 20, 1891. Among her early accomplishments, when she was 19 she invented the first modern brassiere to receive a patent and gain wide acceptance.

1897 American author Thornton Wilder was born in Madison, Wisconsin on April 17, 1897. He won Pulitzer Prizes for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. His play The Matchmaker later became the musical Hello, Dolly!

1902 American author, wood engraver, and humorist Frank R. Stockton, best known for the fable "The Lady, or the Tiger?," died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 20, 1902 at age 68. Born with one leg shorter than the other, he began creating stories as a child because his physical activities were limited.

1910 The great American humorist and novelist Mark Twain, author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, died of heart failure in Redding, Connecticut at age 74.

1912 The RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. Among the many who drowned was mystery writer Jacques Futrelle, age 37, who insisted his wife board a lifeboat in his place.

1912 Acclaimed childrens' book illustrator Garth Williams was born.

1912 Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, died in London.

1916 American author Helene Hanff, whose beloved book 84, Charing Cross Road recounts her trans-Atlantic friendship with a London bookstore manager, was born on April 15, 1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1918 British mystery and supernatural fiction writer William Hope Hodgson, author of Carnacki, the Ghost Finder, The House on the Borderland, and The Voice in the Night, was killed by a mortar shell in Ypres, Belgium while serving as a lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery. He was 40 years old.

1919 American writer Julius Fast, who started with prize-winning mysteries before turning to great commercial success with non-fiction works including What You Should Know About Human Sexual Response and Body Language, was born in new York City on April 17, 1919. He was the younger brother of novelist Howard Fast, and won the very first Edgar Award for his first novel, Watchful at Night (1946).

1922 British novelist Kingsley Amis, author of Lucky Jim and The Old Devils, was born London.

1927 Gaston Leroux, author of The Phantom of the Opera, died on April 15, 1927.

1964 Novelist, short story writer, and one of Hollywood's best screenwriters, Ben Hecht died.

1968 American novelist Edna Ferber, author of Show Boat, Cimarron, Giant, Dinner at Eight, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big, died in New York City of cancer at age 80.

1972 Japanese novelist and Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata, best known for Snow Country, committed suicide in Zushi, Japan, at the age of 72, shortly after the suicide of his friend and fellow author Yukio Mishima.

1976 English writer William Sansom, whose novels included The Body, A Bed of Roses, The Loving Eye, and Goodbye, died in London at age 64.

1980 French philosopher and novelist Jean-Paul Sartre died on April 15, 1980.

1981 The new, restored edition of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie was published.

1986 French petty criminal and social outcast turned writer Jean Genet, an important novelist and leading figure of avant-garde theater, died in Paris on April 15, 1986 at age 75. In his later years he was politically active in causes associated with immigrants and outsiders, such as Algerians in France, and he is buried in the Spanish Cemetery in Larache, Morocco.

1989 English novelist Daphne du Maurier, best known for her novel Rebecca, died in Par, Cornwall on April 19, 1989 at age 81. Her grandfather, the illustrator and author George du Maurier had invented the character of Svengali for his novel Trilby, and her cousins were the inspiration for J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

1993 Mystery author Leslie Charteris, creator of the Saint, died on April 15, 1993.

1994 Ralph Ellison died.

1998 Octavio Paz died.

2000 Author and illustrator Edward Gorey died in Hyannis, Massachusetts on April 15, 2000 at age 75.

2007 Science-fiction master Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, was awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize.

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