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Cover Image: Poems by MANSFIELD, Katherine

Poems

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The Man Within

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A Spaniard in the Works

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The Caretaker

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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.

1797 English writer Horace Walpole, author of the gothic horror tale The Castle of Otranto, died in London on March 2, 1797 at age 79.

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.

1837 William Dean Howells, author of The Rise of Silas Lapham, was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on March 1, 1837.

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.

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.

1880 Lytton Strachey, author of Eminent Victorians and a leading founder of the Bloomsbury Group, was born in London on March 1, 1880.

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.

1894 Ben Hecht was born on February 28, 1894.

1897 Playwright and mystery novelist Percival Wilde, author of The Woman in Room 13, was born in New York City on March 1, 1897.

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.

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.

1911 British journalist and novelist Olivia Manning, best known for her Balkan Trilogy (The Great Fortune, The Spoilt City, and Friends and Heroes), was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire on March 2, 1911.

1914 African-American writerRalph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, was born on March 1, 1914.

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.

1916 The great American novelist Henry James died in London on February 28, 1916 at age 72.

1917 Robert Lowell, founder of the confessional poetry movement and Pulitzer Prize winner for Lord Weary's Castle and The Dolphin, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 1, 1917.

1920 Poet Howard Nemerov was born in New York City on March 1, 1920. A veteran of World War II, he went on to become Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 1988 to 1990 and his younger sister was famed photographer Diane Arbus.

1921 Noted poet and translator, Richard Wilbur, was born in New York City on March 1, 1921. He won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Things of This World and won a second Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for New and Collected Poems. In 1987, Wilbur became the second poet, after Robert Penn Warren, to be named Poet laureate of the United States.

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.

1930 English novelist D.H. Lawrence, whose works included Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley's Lover, died of tuberculosis on March 2, 1930 in Vence, France at age 44.

1931 Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Good Earth, was published on March 2, 1931.

1938 Italian poet, dramatist, and military hero Gabriele D'Annunzio, author of The Triumph of Death and La Gioconda, died on March 1, 1938 in Gardone Riviera, on Lake Garda, at age 74.

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.

1941 Poet Laureate Robert Hass, author of Time and Materials, which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, was born in San Francisco on March 1, 1941. Hass is also a noted translator of Czeslaw Milosz.

1942 American author John Irving, whose works include The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, and A Prayer for Owen Meany, was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on March 2, 1942. In the late 1960s he studied with Kurt Vonnegut at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

1950 Jack Kerouac's first book, the novel The Town and the City, was published on March 2, 1950.

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.

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

1959 American playwright Maxwell Anderson, among whose works were Winterset, High Tor, Anne of the Thousand Days, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Both Your Houses, died in Stamford, Connecticut on February 28, 1959, two days after suffering a stroke at age 70.

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 Mystery author Clayton Rawson, best known for the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title Death from a Top Hat, died on March 1, 1971.

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.

1978 British novelist Paul Scott , who chronicled England's declining presence in India in his Raj Quartet, the Booker Prize-winning novel Staying On, and other books, died on March 1, 1978.

1982 Science-fiction author Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982 at age 53, a few months before the release of the film Blade Runner, the first of many films based on his writings.

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.

1986 Novelist Laura Z. Hobson, best remembered for her novel of American anti-Semitism, Gentleman's Agreement, died on February 28, 1986 in New York City at the age of 85. Her novel The Tenth Month was also well-ahead of its time, inspired by her raising two children as a single mother.

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.

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.

2010 Humorous Southern novelist Barry Hannah, author of Geronimo Rex and Airships, died of natural causes in Oxford, Mississippi on March 1, 2010 at age 67.

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