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Cover Image: The Stand by KING, Stephen

The Stand

First edition. A very faint stain to the bottom edge, still fine in fine... more>>

Cover Image: Poems by MANSFIELD, Katherine

Poems

First edition. Bottom corners a little bumped, light offsetting to the... more>>

Cover Image: The Less Deceived by LARKIN, Philip

The Less Deceived

First edition, first state, one of 300 copies issued with a flat spine, the... more>>

Cover Image: Poems, Chiefly Lyrical by TENNYSON, Alfred

Poems, Chiefly Lyrical

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This Week...

This week in literary history.

1856 Anglo-American novelist and journalist Harold Frederic, author of Illumination, Gloria Mundi, and The Damnation of Theron Ware, was born in Utica, New York on August 19, 1856.

1868 Edgar Lee Masters, author of Spoon River Anthology, was born in Garnett, Kansas on August 23, 1868.

1870 English journalist and author B. Fletcher Robinson, who created the detective Addington Peace and collaborated with several other noted authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle and P.G. Wodehouse, was born in Liverpool on August 22, 1870.

1886 Ann S. Stephens, author of the first mass-marketed paperback book, Malaseka, died in Newport, Rhode Island on August 20, 1886.

1890 American fantasy and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos, was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He died there, 46 years later, having published many stories but only a single book, The Shadow over Innsmouth. Afterwards his friends and fellow writers August Derleth and Donald Wandrei brought his writings to a wide readership.

1893 Algonquin Round Table co-founder Dorothy Parker was born in West End, New Jersey on August 22, 1893. A cutting wit, her great lines make for some of the best pages of Bartlett's Quotations, ranging from "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" to "If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised."

1899 The widely influential Argentinian poet, essayist, and short-story writer Jorge Luis Borges, perhaps best known for his collected Ficciones, was born in Buenos Aires.

1901 Poet and Nobel laureate Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Modica, Italy.

1903 Novelist James Gould Cozzens, author of The Last Adam, The Just and the Unjust, By Love Possessed, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guard of Honor, was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 19, 1903.

1905 Children's writer Mary Mapes Dodge, author of Hans Brinker, and the first editor of the children's magazine St. Nicholas, died in Onteora Park, New York on August 21, 1905 at age 74. She had been much-loved by the children in her neighborhood and at her death they spontaneously made a funeral procession.

1911 Editor and mystery author Anthony Boucher, known for novels such as The Case of the Seven Calvary, was born William White in Oakland, California. He also wrote under the pseudonym H.H. Holmes (the alias of a 19th Century serial killer!), and was the first English translator of Jorge Luis Borges. The annual mystery convention, Bouchercon, is named in his honor.

1912 Three-time Edgar Award-winning mystery author Robert L. Fish, aka Robert L. Pike, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Among his many creations was Jose da Silva, a police captain in Rio de Janeiro.

1920 Science-fiction master Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920.

1922 Argentinian-born author and naturalist W.H. Hudson died in London two weeks after his 81st birthday. His last and best known novel, Green Mansions, is the love story of Rima, a strange, mysterious half bird half human creature. You mean you never heard of him?

1930 Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents on August 19, 1930. The family moved back to Ireland, and McCourt did not return to the U.S. until he was nineteen. His memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize.

1932 Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul, whose acclaimed novels of postcolonial nations include A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and the Booker Prize-winning In a Free State, was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad.

1935 E. Annie Proulx, who, after several years of writing non-fiction began an acclaimed fiction career with such works as Postcards and The Shipping News (winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award), was born in Norwich, Connecticut.

1936 Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca is thought to have been assassinated on August 19, 1936 at the age of 38, shortly after the start of the Spanish Civil War. His body has never been found.

1937 Novelist Robert Stone, author of Hall of Mirrors, A Flag for Sunrise, and the National Book Award-winning Dog Soldiers, was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 21, 1937.

1939 American novelist and short-story writer Lewis Nordan, author of Wolf Whistle, was born in Forest, Mississippi on August 23, 1939. He did not begin writing until he was in his mid-30s, and did not publish his first book until he was in his mid-40s.

1946 Robert Penn Warren's excellent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King's Men was published.

1950 William Faulkner's Collected Stories was published on August 21, 1950. Just a few years earlier all of his works had been out of print.

1951 Oscar Hijuelos, whose second novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, won the Pulitzer Prize, was born in New York City.

1957 Acclaimed British biblical translator and mystery writer Ronald A. Knox, whose 1925 work The Viaduct Murder was a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, died. His niece was the Booker Prize-winning novelist Penelope Fitzgerald.

1979 Novelist James T. Farrell, author of the Studs Lonigan trilogy and many other works, died in New York City at age 75.

2001 Journalist Peter Maas, known for his crime reportage including The Valachi Papers and Serpico, died in New York City at age 72.

2005 Mystery author Michael Collins, who won an Edgar Award for Act of Fear, the first novel to feature private detective Dan Fortune, died in San Francisco, California at age 81.

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