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1725 Italian adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova was born on April 2, 1725 in Venice. Though they contain elements of exaggeration, his twelve volume memoirs which recount his life and many amorous adventures, are considered a largely accurate account of 18th Century European life.

1760 The first two volumes of Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy were published on March 28, 1760.

1805 The great Danish inventor of fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen, was born in Odense, near Copenhagen, on April 2, 1805. Prior to his first book of tales, which included "The Tinderbox" and "The Princess and the Pea," he had tried his hand as a novelist and a playwright (the former with moderate success, the latter without).

1809 English writer Edward FitzGerald, famous for his magnificent translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, was born in Bredfield, Suffolk on March 31, 1809.

1809 Russian humorist, dramatist, and novelist Nikolai Gogol, whose novel Dead Souls and short story "The Overcoat" are considered the foundations of 19th Century Russian realism, was born in Sorochintsy, near Poltava, Ukraine on April 1, 1809.

1820 British author Anna Sewell, known for her only book, the children's classic Black Beauty, was born in Yarmouth, Norfolk on March 30, 1820. After a childhood accident she was an invalid most of her life and spent her last eight years bedridden, writing her novel. It became an instant classic and was instrumental in the abolishment of the use of the check rein, a painful device used to keep horses' heads unnaturally raised.

1855 English novelist Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre, died in Haworth, Yorkshire on March 31, 1855 at age 38 during a difficult pregnancy.

1857 The Confidence Man, Herman Melville's last novel, was published on April 1, 1857.

1868 Aleksei Maksimovich Peshkov, better known as the writer Maxim Gorky, was born in Nishny Novgorod, Russia on March 28, 1868.

1868 French poet and dramatist Edmond Rostand, best known for his classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, was born on April 1, 1868 in Marseille.

1875 Prolific novelist and playwright Edgar Wallace was born in London on April 1, 1875. His works are possibly the most -filmed of all 20th Century novelists. Probably his best known film adaptation was the story of King Kong, on which he was working at his death.

1885 On March 31, 1885 Mark Twain gave a speech entitled "On Speech-Making Reform" at a dinner in honor of Laurence Hutton, and there met Helen Keller for the first time.

1892 American poet, Walt Whitman, whose Leaves of Grass was one of the most influential books of poetry ever published, died in Camden, New Jersey on March 26, 1892 at age 72.

1909 Nelson Algren, author of The Man with the Golden Arm, was born on March 28, 1909.

1914 Budd Schulberg, the controversial author and screenwriter who famously named-names during the Communist scare, but also produced classic books of social commentary including What Makes Sammy Run? and On the Waterfront, was born in New York on March 27, 1914, the son of a film producer and a literary agent.

1914 Octavio Paz was born on March 31, 1914.

1914 German writer and translator Paul Heyse, who won the 1910 Nobel Prize for Literature, died in Munich on April 2, 1914 at age 84.

1918 American historian and man of letters Henry Adams, son and grandson of Presidents Adams and Adams, whose autobiography is considered one of the best in Western literature, died in Washington, DC on March 27, 1918 at age 80.

1920 This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald's first book, was published on March 26, 1920, when he was 23 years old.

1921 American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs died on a train near Kingsville, Ohio on March 29, 1921, a few days before his 84th birthday.

1922 American historian William Manchester, known for his biographies of Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill, and his best-selling The Death of a President, a detailed account of the John F. Kennedy assassination, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on April 1, 1922.

1923 American poet Louis Simpson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1963 collection At the End of the Open Road, was born in Kingston, Jamaica on March 27, 1923. He did not learn, until an adult, that his father had African ancestry and that his mother was Jewish.

1925 Scottish-English author George MacDonald Fraser, best known for his entertaining Flashman series, was born in Carlisle on April 2, 1925.

1926 Science-fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, famous for her Dragonriders of Pern series and the first woman to win both the Nebula and Hugo awards, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 1, 1926.

1929 Czech novelist Milan Kundera, author of such works as of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke, was born in Brno on April 1, 1929. He has lived in France since 1975 and has written in both Czech and French.

1931 British novelist Arnold Bennett died on March 27, 1931 of typhoid in London, England at age 63.

1938 American author Charles Macomb Flandrau died in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 28, 1938 at age 66. The son of a famous lawyer and Union Army Colonel, among his works were Harvard Episodes (about the college high jinks of privileged students) and Viva Mexico! (an account of time spent on his brother's coffee plantation). But today he is largely remembered because in 1919 another young Minnesota author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, sought his advice on how to get published.

1940 The Hamlet, the first volume of William Faulkner's Snopes trilogy, was published on April 1, 1940.

1941 English novelist Virginia Woolf, author of such experimental works as Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse and a long-sufferer of mental illness, filled her pockets with stones and drowned herself in the River Ouse, near her home in Rodmell, Sussex on March 28, 1941. She was 59.

1942 Literary critic and science-fiction author Samuel R. Delany, who won back-to-back Nebula Awards for the novels Babel-17 and , was born in New York City on April 1, 1942.

1945 The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams opened in New York on March 31, 1945.

1955 Irish writer Patrick McCabe was born on March 27, 1955.

1956 British journalist and poet E.C. Bentley, inventor of the humorous poetic form the "clerihew" (taken from his middle name) and author of the classic mystery Trent's Last Case, died at Wellington College in Berkshire on March 30, 1956 at age 72.

1957 Author and bookseller Christopher Morley, remembered for novels such as Parnassus on Wheels and Kitty Foyle, died on March 28, 1957 at age 66.

1957 Anglo-Irish novelist Joyce Cary, best known for The Horse's Mouth, died in Oxford on March 29, 1957 at age 68.

1965 English novelist and playwright Clemence Dane died on March 28, 1965.

1966 Irish novelist, playwright, and journalist Flann O'Brien, author of At Swim-Two Birds, died in Dublin on April 1, 1966 at age 54.

1966 British novelist C.S. Forester, best known for his Horatio Hornblower series and the novel The African Queen, died in Fullerton, California on April 2, 1966 at age 66.

1969 It is generally believed that the enigmatic novelist B. Traven, best known for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Death Ship, died in Mexico City on March 27, 1969. 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.

1969 Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s best known work, was published on March 31, 1969.

1971 British biographer, political writer, gourmet, and mystery author Raymond Postgate, best known for Verdict of Twelve died on March 29, 1971 at age 74.

1986 Poet and Dante translator John Ciardi died in Edison, New Jersey on March 30, 1986 at age 69.

1988 Mystery writer Charles Willeford, author of Cockfighter, The Burnt Orange Heresy, and his Hoke Moseley series, died in Miami, Florida on March 27, 1988 at age 69.

1993 Ernest J. Gaines's eight novel, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated A Lesson Before Dying, was published on April 2, 1993.

2000 Alex Comfort, author of The Joy of Sex, died on March 26, 2000 at age 80.

2000 British novelist and satirist Anthony Powell, known for his 12-volume series of novels A Dance to the Music of Time, died in Frome, Somerset on March 28, 2000 at age 94.

2012 American poet and critic Adrienne Rich, who won the National Book Award for her collection Diving into the Wreck, died on March 27, 2012 in Santa Cruz, California at age 82. When she was still an undergraduate at Radcliffe College, <>W.H. Auden selected her poems for the Yale Younger Poets series, resulting in her first book, A Change of World.

2012 Southern novelist Harry Crews died in Gainesville, Florida on March 28, 2012 at age 76.

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