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Cover Image: The Maximus Poems / 1-10. [with]: The Maximus Poems / 11-22 by OLSON, Charles

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

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Cover Image: in our time by HEMINGWAY, Ernest

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November begins with the Long Island bookfair. Although the fair is the same, and has been running more than 30 years, the location is new (and improved). Please find us exhibiting at Hofstra University. The fair is held in the University Center, and there is plenty of free parking. Saturday, November 1st, 11am - 6pm and November 2nd, 11am - 4pm. If you would like a free entrance ticket, please email us.

This Week...

This week in literary history.

1452 Around 1450, the German goldsmith and inventor Johannes Gutenberg began preparing his 42 line Bible, the first book printed with movable type. The first copies were probably not ready for distribution until 1454 or 1455. However, relatively recently, and without any basis in fact, the date of September 30, 1452 has been ascribed as the publication date of this important book. This mythological date may have been selected because September 30 is the feast day of St. Jerome, translator of the Vulgate, and because the Revised Standard Version [RSV] of the Bible was published in 1952, making September 30, 1952 a convenient date to proclaim the 500th anniversary of printing, even if it wasn't exactly true.

1810 English novelist and short-story writer Elizabeth Gaskell, whose works included Mary Barton, North and South, and Wives and Daughters, was born in London on September 29, 1810. She was also the first biographer of Charlotte Bronte.

1871 Italian novelist and Nobel laureate Grazia Deledda was born on September 27, 1871 in Nuoro, Sardinia, the island where most of her approximately forty novels were set.

1873 The French novelist Emile Gavoriau, best known as the father of the roman policier ("detective novel"), died in 1873 on October 1, 1873, at approximately 50 years of age.

1879 American poet Wallace Stevens, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Collected Poems was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1879. Stevens also won the National Book Award twice, in 1951 and 1955.

1882 Specimen Days & Collect by Walt Whitman was published on October 1, 1882.

1888 Anglo-American poet and Nobel laureate T.S. Eliot, whose major works included "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "The Waste Land," and Four Quartets, was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 26, 1888.

1891 Herman Melville died in New York City on September 28, 1891 at age 72 in virtual obscurity. In the 1920s the manuscript of his novella Billy Budd would be discovered and published, and this, along with some key biographies and essays, led to a major reassessment of his standing in American literature.

1892 Playwright Elmer Rice, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Street Scene, was born in New York City on September 28, 1892. His first published work, On Trial (1914), was the first play to employ "flashbacks" on stage - he borrowed the technique from the silent movies had seen.

1900 Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward, Angel, Of Time and the River, and the posthumously published You Can't Go Home Again, was born in Asheville, North Carolina on October 3, 1900.

1902 French novelist Emile Zola, founder of the naturalist movement in literature and author of the 20 novel Rougon-Macquart Cycle, died in Paris on September 28, 1902 at age 62, overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while he slept. The circumstances of his death are somewhat mysterious, and those looking for literary conspiracies may wish to draw connections between this fatal accident and his famous denunciation of the French army during the Dreyfus affair. Although nominated 19 times for inclusion in the Academie Francaise, he was never elected.

1904 Lafcadio Hearn, famous for his writings on the Orient, died on September 26, 1904 in Tokyo, Japan at age 54 of heart failure.

1904 English novelist Graham Greene, whose many noted works included Stamboul Train, Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Third Man, and The Quiet American, was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire on October 2, 1904.

1906 Pulp fiction author and screenwriter Jim Thompson, author of such crime novels as The Killer Inside Me, was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma on September 27, 1906.

1906 British professor of English literature John I.M. Stewart, also known as mystery author Michael Innes, creator of John Appleby of Scotland Yard, was born in Edinburgh on September 30, 1906.

1913 Shropshire lass Edith Mary Pargeter, who published under her own name as well as being widely known for her Brother Cadfael mystery series under the name Ellis Peters, was born in Horsehay on September 28, 1913.

1917 Novelist Louis Auchincloss, who portrayed the world of upper class New York society in works such as The Indifferent Children and Portrait in Brownstone, was born in Lawrence, New York on September 27, 1917.

1921 English musician Robert Bruce Montgomery, who scored many British films, was born in Chesterham Bois, Buckinghamshire on October 2, 1921. Under the pseudonym Edmund Crispin he also wrote many mysteries, including Beware the Trains.

1924 Author Truman Capote, whose many well-known works included Other Voices, Other Rooms, The Grass Harp, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and In Cold Blood, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 30, 1924.

1925 Writer Gore Vidal, whose many novels include Williwaw, The City and the Pillar, Lincoln, and Myra Breckenridge, and whose plays include Visit to a Small Planet and The Best Man, was born in West Point, New York on October 3, 1925.

1929 Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms was published on September 27, 1929.

1934 Film scholar and Edgar Award-winning mystery author Stuart M. Kaminsky, was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 29, 1934.

1943 R. Austin Freeman, a British surgeon who retired from medical practice because of his own ill-health and turned to writing, died in Gravesend, Kent on September 28, 1943 at age 81. He is best known for his many popular works featuring the pathologist-detective John Thorndyke.

1946 Vietnam veteran, journalist, and novelist Tim O'Brien, whose works include If I Die in the Combat Zone, The Things They Carried and the National Book Award-winning Going After Cacciato, was born in Austin, Minnesota on October 1, 1946.

1948 Intruder in the Dust, the first novel by William Faulkner after a six year hiatus during which he wrote stories and screenplays, was published on September 27, 1948.

1952 Jorge Agustin Nicolas Ruiz de Santayana y Borras, better known as the philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist George Santayana died in Rome on September 26, 1952 at age 88. Within his writings can be found such famous observations as "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" and "Only the dead have seen the end of war," but unfortunately for him these are usually misattributed to other philosophers.

1958 Scottish author Irvine Welsh, best known for his first novel Trainspotting, was born in Edinburgh on September 27, 1958.

1966 French poet Andre Breton, a founder and chief promoter of the Surrealist movement, died in Paris at age 70 on September 28, 1966.

1966 American writer Lillian Smith, best known for her 1944 novel of interracial romance, Strange Fruit, died in Atlanta, Georgia on September 28, 1966, at the age of 68 of breast cancer (the subject of her 1954 book, The Journey). She often tackled controversial themes in her writing and was one of the first and most outspoken Southern authors to condemn segregation.

1967 Carson McCullers, whose first novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter was published when she was just 23, died in Nyack, New York on September 29, 1967 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 50.

1970 American novelist John Dos Passos, best known for his U.S.A. trilogy (The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money), died in Baltimore, Maryland on September 28, 1970 at age 74.

1973 The poet W.H. Auden died in Vienna at age 66 on September 29, 1973.

1984 Foreign Affairs, Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, was published on September 27, 1984.

1985 E.B. White, acclaimed for both his essays and such children's classics as Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little died in North Brooklin, Maine on October 1, 1985 at age 86.

1987 Science-fiction author Alfred Bester, whose 1953 novel The Demolished Man, a police procedural set in the future, won the first Hugo Award, died on September 30, 1987 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania at age 73.

1987 French playwright Jean Anouilh, whose works include Traveller without Luggage and Becket, died in Lausanne, Switzerland on October 3, 1987 at the age of 77.

1988 Macabre cartoonist Charles Addams, best known for the creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky (but of course humorous) family he drew frequently for The New Yorker was died in New York City on September 29, 1988 at age 76. He was cremated and his ashes buried in the pet cemetery of his estate, "The Swamp."

1988 English poet and critic Sacheverell Sitwell, known for his books on art, architecture, and travel, and for being the younger brother of poets and essayists Edith Sitwell and Osbert Sitwell, died near Towcester, Northamptonshire on October 1, 1988 at age 90.

1990 Australian novelist, playwright, and Nobel laureate Patrick White, author of The Tree of Man, Voss, and Riders in the Chariot, died in Sydney, Australia on September 30, 1990 at age 78.

1993 Satirist Peter De Vries, whose works included the novel The Tunnel of Love and the short story collection No But I Saw the Movie, died in Norwalk, Connecticut at age 74 on September 28, 1993.

1998 Robert Lewis Taylor, author of A Journey to Matecumbe and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, died in Southbury, Connecticut on September 30, 1998, a week after his 86th birthday.

2005 American novelist Mary Lee Settle, author of the Beulah Quintet and Blood Tie, which won the National Book Award in 1978, died in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 27, 2005 at age 87. In 1980, she founded the PEN/Faulkner Award which has become one of the top three national fiction awards.



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