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Cover Image: Tuskegee and its People: Their Ideals and Achievements by WASHINGTON, Booker T.

Tuskegee and its People: Their Ideals...

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Cover Image: Plunder Squad by WESTLAKE, Donald writing as Richard Stark

Plunder Squad

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Cover Image: Prejudices: Third Series by MENCKEN, H.L.

Prejudices: Third Series

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Cover Image: Tuskegee and its People: Their Ideals and Achievements by WASHINGTON, Booker T.

Tuskegee and its People: Their Ideals...

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This Week...

This week in literary history.

1653 The Compleat Angler, English ironmonger Izaak Walton's oft-reprinted discourse on the joys of fishing, was first announced for sale on May 9, 1653.

1812 English poet Robert Browning, author of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and The Ring and the Book (and husband of fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning), was born in London on May 7, 1812.

1846 Polish novelist and Nobel laureate Henryk Sienkiewicz, author of With Fire and Sword and the international bestseller Quo Vadis?, was born in Wola Okrzejska on May 5, 1846.

1862 Transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau, author of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Civil Disobedience, and Walden, died in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts on May 6, 1862 at age 44. He had a history of tuberculosis, but the beginning of the end was three years earlier when he went out in the middle of the night during a rain storm to count the rings of tree stumps. Poser? You be the judge.

1865 British author A.E.W. Mason, best known for his classic adventure novel The Four Feathers, was born in London on May 7, 1865.

1867 Polish author and Nobel laureate Wladyslaw Reymont, best known for his four volume novel The Peasants, was born near Radom on May 7, 1867.

1868 Gaston Leroux, author of The Phantom of the Opera, was born on May 6, 1868.

1880 Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on May 8, 1880 in Croisset, France at age 58.

1890 According to some sources, the enigmatic novelist B. Traven, best known for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Death Ship, was born on May 3, 1890. Traven, who has also been linked to individuals named Ret Marut, Berick Traven Torsvan, and Hal Croves, refused personal data to publishers; hence many theories have arisen as to his parentage, his nationality, and his general identity.

1890 Author and bookseller Christopher Morley, remembered for novels such as Parnassus on Wheels and Kitty Foyle, was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania on May 5, 1890.

1893 M.I. Cole was born on May 6, 1893.

1895 Critic Edmund Wilson, author of such works as Patriotic Gore and Memoirs of Hecate County, was born in Red Bank, New Jersey on May 8, 1895.

1896 Playwright and novelist Dodie Smith, author of I Capture the Castle and the children's classic The Hundred and One Dalmatians, was born in Whitefield, England on May 3, 1896.

1901 British/American anthropologist and author John Collier, author of His Monkey Wife and a contributor to the screenplay for The African Queen, was born in London on May 3, 1901.

1902 American author Bret Harte, famous for his accounts of pioneering life in California in such tales as "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat," died on May 5, 1902 at age 65 in London. He had lived in England since 1885.

1904 Swedish novelist and poet Harry Martinson, the first self-taught, working class writer to be elected to the Swedish Academy, was born in Jamshog on May 6, 1904. With Eyvind Johnson, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1974. He played a small role in the film version of his novel Vagen till Klockrike [The Road to Klockrike].

1907 Barrister and true crime writer Edgar Lustgarten, author of One More Unfortunate, was born in Manchester, England on May 3, 1907. He is also remembered for hosting the film series Scotland Yard and The Scales of Justice.

1915 Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft Press and author of A Message to Garcia, was killed along with his wife in the sinking of the Lusitania by a German submarine on May 7, 1915.

1919 L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and thirteen other Oz titles, died of a stroke in Hollywood, California on May 6, 1919, nine days before his 63rd birthday.

1921 Acclaimed poet Mona Van Duyn, who won a National Book Award for To See, To Take and the Pulitzer Prize for Near Changes, was born in Waterloo, Iowa on May 9, 1921.

1927 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born Ruth Prawer in Cologne, Germany on May 7, 1927.

1937 Novelist Thomas Pynchon, author of Gravity's Rainbow and other novels, was born on May 8, 1937.

1949 Graham Swift , author of Waterland, was born in London, England on May 4, 1949.

1956 David Guterson, 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award winner for the novel Snow Falling on Cedarswas born in Seattle, Washington on May 4, 1956.

1958 James Branch Cabell, author of Jurgen, died on May 5, 1958 at age 79.

1959 Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth's first book and winner of the National Book Award, was published on May 7, 1959.

1967 American playwright Elmer Rice, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Street Scene, died in Southampton, Hampshire, England on May 8, 1967 at age 74. His first published work, On Trial (1914), was the first play to employ "flashbacks" on stage - he borrowed the technique from the silent movies he had seen.

1969 English man of letters Osbert Sitwell, known for his prose memoirs, and for being the younger brother of poet Edith Sitwell and the older brother of poet and critic Sacheverell Sitwell, died near Florence, Italy on May 4, 1969 at age 76.

1977 American novelist James Jones, best known for his National Book Award-winning first work, From Here to Eternity, and its sequel, The Thin Red Line, died of heart failure in Southampton, New York on May 9, 1977 at age 55.

1980 Queen's Quorum mystery author Margaret Cole died on May 7, 1980.

1981 Nelson Algren, author of The Man with the Golden Arm, died on May 9, 1981.

1983 Children's book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, famous for using multicultural and urban characters in his work, died of a heart attack in New York City on May 6, 1983 at age 67. His famous 1962 picture book The Snowy Day, won the Caldecott Medal and is a perennial favorite among young readers.

1988 Science-fiction master Robert Heinlein, author of Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land and many other classics of the genre, died in Carmel, California on May 8, 1988 of emphysema and congestive heart failure.

1991 Plagued by accusations of plagiarism, author Jerzy Kosinski, best known for The Painted Bird, took his own life in New York City on May 3, 1991 at the age of 57.

1993 Mystery author Dorothy B. Hughes died in Ashland, Oregon on May 6, 1993.

2001 Cliff Hillegass, originator of Cliffs Notes, died on May 5, 2001.

2012 Acclaimed children's book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who won a Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, died in Danbury, Connecticut on May 8, 2012 at age 83.

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