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

Prejudices: Third Series

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Cover Image: The Recognitions by GADDIS, William

The Recognitions

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Cover Image: [Original Dust Jacket Art]: Mrs. Munck by DILLION, Leo and Diane (aka The Dillons). (LEFFLAND, Ella)

[Original Dust Jacket Art]: Mrs. Munck

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Cover Image: A Little Stone by BOWLES, Paul

A Little Stone

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This Week...

This week in literary history.

1321 The great Italian poet Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, died of a fever in Ravenna at age 56. Since then, all his personal enemies have spent eternity as a footnote in Hell.

1789 James Fenimore Cooper, author of the Leatherstocking Tales including The Last of the Mohicans, was born in Burlington, New Jersey on September 15, 1789.

1846 British Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning married fellow poet Robert Browning on September 12, 1846. Her stern father, who had forbidden all twelve of his children to marry, refused to ever see Elizabeth again.

1850 British-American novelist and journalist Robert Barr, best known for his mystery work Triumphs of Eugene Valmont, was born in Glasgow, Scotland on September 16, 1850.

1851 James Fenimore Cooper, author of the Leatherstocking Tales including The Last of the Mohicans, died on September 14, 1851, the day before his 62nd birthday, in Cooperstown, New York (which was named for his father).

1860 Hamlin Garland, author of A Son of the Middle Border and other works of Midwestern life, was born in West Salem, Wisconsin on September 14, 1860.

1862 American writer O. Henry, master of the surprise ending in short stories, was born William Sydney Porter in Greensboro, North Carolina on September 11, 1862.

1876 American writer Sherwood Anderson, author of Winesburg, Ohio was born in Camden, Ohio on September 13, 1876. He was a mentor to both Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner early in their careers, though both men were notably unkind to him in return.

1880 Influential journalist and critic H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 12, 1880. He was the co-editor of first The Smart Set and then American Mercury, as well as the author of several volumes of Prejudices and The American Language.

1883 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), was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on September 17, 1883. In 1909, three years after graduating from the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania, he published his first volume of poetry.

1885 English novelist D.H. Lawrence, whose works included Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley's Lover, was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

1885 John Leslie Palmer, who with Hilary Aidan St. George Saunders wrote under the pen name Francis Beeding, was born in Oxford, England on September 14, 1885. The pseudonymous Beeding wrote many notable mysteries, including The House of Dr. Edwardes, which was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock as Spellbound.

1888 November Boughs by Walt Whitman was deposited for copyright on September 12, 1888.

1888 Finnish novelist and Nobel laureate Frans E. Sillanpaa, author of People in a Summer Night, was born in Hameenkyro on September 16, 1888.

1890 Harlem Renaissance poet and novelist Claude McKay was born in Jamaica on September 15, 1890.

1890 Preeminent English detective novelist Agatha Christie, who sold more than 100 million books, including those featuring her famous sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, was born in Torquay, Devon on September 15, 1890.

1894 British novelist J.B. Priestley was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. Among his more than 120 books were The Good Champions, Laburnum Grove, and An Inspector Calls. The first of the many films based on his work was James Whale's The Old Dark House, an adaptation of his novel Benighted.

1907 The playwright and poet Louis MacNeice, author of The Dark Tower and Autumn Journal, was born in Belfast, Ireland.

1916 Popular English mystery and fantasy author Mary Stewart, best known for her trilogy about Merlin, was born in Sunderland, County Durham.

1916 Welsh novelist Roald Dahl, best known for such children's classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, was born in Llandaff, Cardiff.

1920 F. Scott Fitzgerald's second book, Flappers and Philosphers, was published (a mere six months after his first, This Side of Paradise, was published).

1926 Rudolf Eucken, a philosopher who is best remembered as "the German guy who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1908," died in Jena, Germany on September 14, 1926 at the age of 80.

1926 John Knowles, best known for his 1959 novel A Separate Peace, was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on September 16, 1926.

1937 Ellis Parker Butler, best known for the classic children's story "Pigs Is Pigs" and his humorous detective Philo Gubb, died in Williamsville, Massachusetts on September 13, 1937 at age 67.

1938 Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River, and the posthumously published You Can't Go Home Again, died in Baltimore, Maryland on September 15, 1938, a few weeks shy of his 38th birthday from tuberculosis of the brain.

1943 African-American writer James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia. He is best known for his short stories, collected in such books as Hue and Cry and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Elbow Room.

1976 American author and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo died in Los Angeles of a heart attack at age of 70 on September 10, 1976. He directed the 1970 film version of his own classic anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun, but only after years of being blacklisted and writing several classic screenplays under pseudonyms as perhaps the most famous of the Hollywood 10.

1978 English musician Robert Bruce Montgomery, who scored many British films, died in London of a heart attack on September 15, 1978 at age 56. Under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin he also wrote many mysteries, including Beware the Trains.

1981 Italian poet, translator, and Nobel laureate Eugenio Montale died in Milan a month before his 85th birthday.

1982 Novelist and scholar John Gardner, best known for his novel Grendel and his controversial critique of his contemporaries, On Moral Fiction, died in a motorcycle accident near Susquehanna, Pennsylvania on September 14, 1982 at age 49.

1982 The American national newspaper USA Today was first published.

1989 Robert Penn Warren died.

1993 Mystery author Lillian de la Torre died.

2012 American poet Louis Simpson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1963 collection At the End of the Open Road, died at his home in Stony Brook, New York, at age 89.



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