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Cover Image: McCabe by NAUGHTON, Edmund


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Cover Image: Five Plays: Chicago, Icarus's Mother, Red Cross, Fourteen Hundred Thousand, Melodrama Play by SHEPARD, Sam

Five Plays: Chicago, Icarus's Mother,...

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Cover Image: Pod, Bender & Co. by ENGLAND, George Allan

Pod, Bender & Co.

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Cover Image: Le Retour de Tendresse ou La Feinte Veritable. Comedie by Mr. F. (Sometimes attributed to either Jean-Antoine Romagnesi or M. Fuzelier or Fuselier)

Le Retour de Tendresse ou La Feinte...

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This Week...

This week in literary history.

1304 The great Italian poet and scholar Petrarch, called the "Father of Humanism," was born in Arezzo, Tuscany, on July 20, 1304.

1374 Petrarch died near Padua, Carrara, on July 19, 1374, a day before turning 70.

1796 Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland, died in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire at age 37. The cause of his death has been the subject of much speculation, with alcoholism, venereal disease, and rheumatic fever (boring but likely) topping most lists. Among his many ballads perhaps the best known is the traditional New Years' song "Auld Lang Syne." His poem "Comin' Thro' the Rye" inspired the title of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.

1802 The great French story-teller Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, was born in Villers-Cotterets, Aisne. He is also known as Dumas pere because his son and namesake (Dumas fils) was also a novelist and playwright, best known for Camille, on which Verdi's opera was based.

1834 English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, author of Christabel, Kubla Khan, and his masterpiece, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, died in Highgate, near London on July 25, 1834 at age 61. His well-known opium habit was partly the product of a very unhappy personal life - when he was young his good friend Robert Southey convinced him to marry a woman he didn't love as part of a scheme to found a utopian society, then Southey backed out of the plan. Later he fell in love with his other good friend William Wordsworth's future sister-in-law, another relationship which didn't work out.

1864 Popular Swedish poet Erik Karlfeldt was born in Folkarna. He was awarded the only posthumous Nobel Prize for Literature in 1931, afer refusing the award in 1918.

1865 Prolific science-fiction and fantasy writer M.P. Shiel was born on Montserrat in the West Indies. He is best remembered for his 1901 novel The Purple Cloud and his "yellow-peril" fictions popular at the turn of the century. The latter are a notably sad part of his legacy since he was perhaps the first well-known science-fiction writer of partly African descent, but was apparently capable of profiting from what are now considered blatantly racist propaganda.

1878 Irish dramatist and fantasist Lord Dunsany, whose many works included The Gods of Pegana and The Book of Wonder, was born in London.

1883 American science-fiction author Edwin Balmer, best known for The Achievements of Luther Trent and When Worlds Collide (which he co-wrote with Philip Gordon Wylie), was born.

1885 Mary O'Hara, author of My Friend Flicka and its sequels, was born in Cape May Point, New Jersey on July 19, 1885.

1888 Master hard-boiled mystery author Raymond Chandler, author of The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, and others featuring his detective Philip Marlowe, was born in Chicago, Illinois.

1895 Poet and novelist Robert Graves, author of Goodbye to All That and I, Claudius, was born in Wimbledon, England (either on July 24 or July 26 - sources disagree).

1896 Scottish doctor and novelist A.J. Cronin, author of The Stars Look Down, The Citadel, and The Keys of the Kingdom, was born Cardross, Dumbartonshire.

1898 Poet and novelist Stephen Vincent Benet, author of John Brown's Body and the folk legend "The Devil and Daniel Webster," was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1898.

1899 The poet Hart Crane, noted for The Bridge, was born in Garrettsvile, Ohio on July 21, 1899. His father had made his fortune as a confectioner - he was the inventor of the Life Saver.

1899 American Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, who rose to fame in the 1920s with novels such as The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms, and had a late-career critical hit with The Old Man and the Sea, was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899.

1900 Zelda Fitzgerald, author of Save Me the Waltz and famously the high-spirited wife of author <>F. Scott Fitzgerald, who dubbed her "the first American Flapper," was born in Montgomery, Alabama on July 24, 1900. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she was in and out of hospitals for much of her life and died in a hospital fire.

1905 Nobel laureate Elias Canetti, author of the novel known in English as Auto-Da-Fe or The Tower of Babel, was born in Ruse, Bulgaria.

1916 Mystery author John D. MacDonald, best known for his 24 novels featuring Travis McGee, was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1916.

1925 Philosopher and sociologist Frantz Fanon, whose books included Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth, was born on the Caribbean island of Martinique on July 20, 1925.

1933 Cormac McCarthy, known for his novels of the South and Southwest including Suttree, Blood Meridian, and All the Pretty Horses, was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 20, 1933.

1933 Novelist and scholar John Gardner, best known for his novel Grendel and his controversial critique of his contemporaries, On Moral Fiction, was born in Batavia, New York on July 21, 1933.

1956 Mystery writer Michael Connelly, creator of LAPD detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 21, 1956.

1967 American poet and historian Carl Sandburg, author of "Chicago," The People, Yes, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Abraham Lincoln, died in Flat Rock, North Carolina on July 22, 1967 at age 89.

1980 British journalist and novelist Olivia Manning, best known for her Balkan Trilogy (The Great Fortune, The Spoilt City, and Friends and Heroes), was died in Ryde, Isle of Wight at age 69.

1989 Short-story writer Donald Barthelme, pronounced "Bart-al-me," died in Houston, Texas on July 23, 1989 of cancer at age 58. Among his books were Come Back, Dr. Caligari and Snow White.

1991 Nobel Prize-winning novelist and short story writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, author of The Family Moskat, The Magician of Lublin, "Gimpel the Fool," and "The Spinoza of Market Street," died in Miami shortly afer his 87th birthday.

1995 Aviator and author Elleston Trevor, best remembered for Flight of the Phoenix and his Quiller mysteries written under the pseudonym Adam Hall, died in Cave Creek, Arizona of cancer at age 75.

2001 Eudora Welty, known for her novels, such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Optimist's Daughter, as well as her short stories including "Why I Live at the P.O." and "The Petrified Man," died in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi at age 92.

2002 Rabbi and American novelist Chaim Potok, author of The Chosen, The Promise, and the Asher Lev novels, died of cancer at age 73 in Merion, Pennsylvania on July 23, 2002.

2003 Mystery author Nicholas Freeling, creator of the Dutch police Inspector Piet Van der Valk and whose 1966 novel King of the Rainy Country won an Edgar Award, died of cancer at age 76 in Mutzig, France.

2009 Frank McCourt died in Manhattan at age 78. He was born in Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, but his family moved back to Ireland, and McCourt did not return to the U.S. until he was nineteen. His memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize.

2009 Prolific British novelist Stanley Middleton, whose 1974 novel Holiday won the Booker Prize, died on July 25, 2009 at age 89.

2010 Australian novelist Jon Cleary, whose works include Sundowners, The High Commissioner, and Peter's Pence, died on July 19, 2010 at age 92.



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