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Cover Image: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by WILLIAMS, Tennessee

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper with very light wear. Pulitzer... more>>

Cover Image: Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz by THOMPSON, Ruth Plumly

Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz

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Cover Image: Crossing the Water by PLATH, Sylvia

Crossing the Water

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White Buildings

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This week in literary history.

1797 English Romantic novelist Mary Shelley, best known for her classic Frankenstein, was born in London, the daughter social philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. When she was 16 she met and eloped with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

1847 George R. Sims, English playwright and creator of detecive Dorcas Dene, was born.

1850 Poet and journalist Eugene Field, author of "Little Boy Blue," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and other children's verse, was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 2, 1850.

1867 French poet Charles Baudelaire, author of highly influential Les Fleurs du mal, died in Paris on August 31, 1867 at age 46, after two years in a semi-paralyzed state following a massive stroke (precipitated by alcohol and opium abuse). He was survived by his mother, who paid off his debts and found some comfort in his growing, posthumous fame.

1875 Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 1, 1875.

1883 Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, who left Russia after the hostile reaction to his novel Fathers and Sons, died in Bougival, near Paris (on August 22 by the old calendar), at the age of 64.

1888 Poet Clement Wood, known for "The Smithy of God" and "Jehovah," was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on September 1, 1888.

1892 American writer George William Curtis, author of Prue and I, died of cancer of the stomach at age 68 on August 31, 1892 in New York.

1899 Screenwriter and novelist Humphrey Cobb, best known for his novel Paths of Glory,was born to American parents in Siena, Italy.

1902 Historian and novelist Edward Eggleston, remembered for his "Hoosier" tales, died in Lake George, New York on September 4, 1902 at age 64.

1904 Novelist and children's book author Elizabeth Borton De Trevino, whose works included several Pollyanna books and the Newbery Award-winning I, Juan de Pareja, about the half-African slave of the artist Diego Velazquez, was born in Bakersfield, California on September 2, 1904.

1905 Mary Renault, known for her sequence of historical/mythological novels including The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea, was born in London. She spent most of her life in South Africa.

1905 British novelist, journalist, and critic Arthur Koestler, best known for the novel Darkness at Noon, was born in Budapest, Hungary.

1908 African-American novelist and essayist Richard Wright, author of Uncle Tom's Children, Native Son, and Black Boy, was born near Natchez, Mississippi on September 4, 1908.

1916 Spanish dramatist and Nobel laureate Jose Echegaray died in his home city of Madrid at age 84.

1917 Cleveland Amory, youngest ever editor of the Saturday Evening Post, co-founder of the Humane Society of the United States, and author of several books about cats (particularly one named Polar Bear whom he took in on Christmas Eve in 1977) was born in Nahant, Massachusetts on September 2, 1917.

1918 Former New York Times political reporter Allen Drury, whose first novel, Advise and Consent won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a film by Otto Preminger, was born in Houston, Texas on September 2, 1918.

1922 American author, Rosa Guy was born in Trinidad on September 1, 1922. Along with John Oliver Killens, Guy helped form what was to become the Harlem Writers Group in 1950.

1922 George R. Sims, English playwright and creator of detective Dorcas Dene, died two days after his 75th birthday.

1926 Novelist Alison Lurie, whose Foreign Affairs won the Pulitzer Prize, was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 3, 1926.

1952 The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, was first published in Life magazine on September 1, 1952, a week before it was released in bookstores.

1956 On September 2, 1956 the New York Times Book Review published a piece by the poet Richard Eberhart entitled "West Coast Rhythms" that helped call national attention to the Beat generation, and especially to Allen Ginsberg as the author of Howl, which he called "the most remarkable poem of the young group."

1957 Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the quintessential Beat novel, was published.

1962 Poet and painter e.e. cummings, whose works included The Enormous Room, Tulips and Chimneys, and Eimi, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 67 in North Conway, New Hampshire on September 3, 1962.

1963 The playwright and poet Louis MacNeice, author of The Dark Tower and Autumn Journal, died of pneumonia in London a few days before his 56th birthday.

1967 English poet and novelist Siegfried Sassoon, known for such antiwar works as The Old Huntsman and Counterattack, died in Heytesbury, Wiltshire on September 1, 1967 a few days before his 81st birthday. He became widely known in part for his public affirmation of pacifism while he was still in the army and after having won the Military Cross. His antiwar protests were at first attributed to shell shock and he was for a time confined in a sanatorium (where he met another pacifist soldier-poet, Wilfred Owen, whose works he published after Owen's death at the front).

1969 Controversial journalist Drew Pearson, whose widely syndicated column "Washington Merry-Go-Round" attacked such public figures as General George S. Patton and Senator Joseph McCarthy, often with good cause but also with innuendo and lackadaisical journalistic standards, died in Washington, DC on September 1, 1969 at age 71.

1970 French Nobel laureate Francois Mauriac, whose novel Vipers' Tangle is often considered his masterpiece, died in Pairs at age 84.

1971 Kiran Desai, author of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard and the Booker Prize-winning The Inheritance of Loss, was born in New Delhi.

1973 English scholar J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, died in Bournmouth, Dorset at age 81.

1982 Frederic Dannay, who with his cousin Manfred B. Lee created the character/author Ellery Queen, died in White Plains, New York on September 3, 1982 at age 76.

1983 Mystery author Zenith Jones Brown died of pneumonia in Baltimore, Maryland on September 1, 1983. She wrote under the pseudonyms Leslie Ford, Brenda Conrad, and as David Frome created the timid Welsh widower-sleuth Evan Pinkerton.

1985 Prolific and popular Anglo-American novelist Taylor Caldwell died in Greenwich, Connecticut a week before her 85th birthday. The first of her many bestsellers was the 1938 novel Dynasty of Death.

1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Allen Drury, died in San Francisco, California on his 70th birthday.

1989 Prolific Belgian mystery author Georges Simenon died in Lausanne, Switzerland at age 85. He had published over 200 books under pseudonyms before he introduced his well-known Inspector Maigret in The Case of Peter the Lett, the first book published under his own name.

1992 British children's book author Mary Norton, best known for The Borrowers and The Magic Bed Knob (basis for the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks), died in Hartland, Devonshire of a stroke on October 29, 1992 at age 88.

1997 Experimental, postmodernist novelist William S. Burroughs, whose works included Junkie, The Naked Lunch, and The Soft Machine, died in Lawrence, Kansas on September 2, 1997 at age 83 of a collapsed heart valve.

2002 British novelist William Cooper died in the Putney district of London on September 5, 2002 at age 92. He wrote four books as H.S. Hoff (his birth name) before the arrival of his 1950 novel Scenes from Provincial Life which was published under his pen name Cooper. Four more Scenes books, featuring the character Joe Lunn, followed and the first and third of these books were adapted for a television mini series in 1966.

2006 Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz died in his native Cairo at age 94. Known for his portraits of contemporary Egyptians balancing tradition with the modern world, his Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street) is generally considered his masterpiece. Also known for his moderate politics, at the age of 82 he survived a stabbing by a militant assassin acting on a fatwa inspired by his 1959 novel Children of Our Alley.

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