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Cover Image: Photographs by Kazumi Kurigami by KURIGAMI, Kazumi

Photographs by Kazumi Kurigami

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Cover Image: Melange Funeste by GOREY, Edward

Melange Funeste

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Cover Image: [Screenplay]: Man About Town by (RYSKIND, Morrie)

[Screenplay]: Man About Town

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This Week...

This week in literary history.

1719 The first serialized novel, a pirated installment of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe appeared in London on October 7, 1719.

1838 American Statesman and author, John Hay, who wrote Jim Bludso, a Johnson Highspot of American Literature, was born in Salem, Indiana on October 8, 1838. He was primarily known as a politician, with a long career which ranged from being an assistant to Abraham Lincoln to eventually serving as Secretary of State to Theodore Roosevelt.

1844 American novelist George Washington Cable, author of Old Creole Days, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 12, 1844. Although his family owned slaves and he fought for the Confederacy in his youth, in his writings he opposed both slavery and the post-war denial of rights to freed slaves.

1849 Poet and short story-master Edgar Allan Poe, known for his many classic tales of horror and mystery, died in Baltimore, Maryland at age 40 on October 7, 1849. The circumstances of his death are appropriately mysterious. He was found delirious in the street, wearing someone else's clothing, and died shortly afterward, never regaining sufficient coherence to explain what had happened to him. His last words were reportedly "Lord help my poor soul."

1870 Poet and novelist Ivan Bunin, the first Russian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Voronezh on October 10, 1870. His works included The Gentleman from San Francisco and The Well of Days.

1872 British novelist and lecturer John Cowper Powys was born in Derbyshire on October 8, 1872. Among his many novels are were Wolf Solent, A Glastonbury Romance, and Porius. His literary family included his ancestor, the poet William Cowper, as well as his novelist brothers T.F. Powys and Llewelyn Powys.

1885 French Nobel laureate Francois Mauriac, whose novel Vipers' Tangle is often considered his masterpiece, was born in Bordeaux on October 11, 1885.

1890 American novelist Conrad Richter, author of The Sea of Life, the Pulitzer Prize-winner The Town, and the National Book Award-winner The Waters of Kronos, was born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania on October 13, 1890.

1892 The British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, famed for such works as "The Charge of the Light Brigade," "Enoch Arden," and Idylls of the King, died in Aldworth, Surrey on October 6, 1892 at age 83.

1892 Serbo-Croatian novelist and Nobel laureate Ivo Andric, author of Ex Ponto and The Days of the Consuls, was born near Travnik, Bosnia on October 10, 1892.

1894 Physician and author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., remembered for such works as the poem "Old Ironsides" and The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, and for coining the term anesthesia, died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 7, 1894 at age 85.

1896 English illustrator and novelist George du Maurier, who introduced the character Svengali in his novel Trilby, died in London on October 6, 1896 at age 62. He never lived to see that his granddaughter would become the novelist Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca, and his grandsons would be the inspiration for J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

1896 Italian poet, translator, and Nobel laureate Eugenio Montale was born in Genoa.

1913 French novelist and Nobel laureate Claude Simon, author of The Flanders Road, was born in Tananarive, Madagascar on October 10, 1913.

1916 Mystery writer Stanley Ellinwhose novel The Eighth Circle won the last of his three Edgar Awards, was born in Brooklyn on October 6, 1916. Several of his short stories provided the basis for Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes and three of his novels were made into feature films.

1919 Danish poet and Nobel laureate Karl A. Gjellerup, author of The Teuton's Apprentice, died in Klotzsche, Germany on October 13, 1919 at age 62.

1920 Science-fiction writer Frank Herbert, author of the popular Dune series, was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 8, 1920.

1922 Karel Capek's R.U.R., the play that introduced the word "robot" to the world, premiered in New York on October 9, 1922. The term had been coined by his brother Josef.

1924 French man of letters and Nobel laureate Anatole France, author of Thais, The Elm-Tree on the Mall, and Penguin Island, died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire at age 80.

1925 Popular and prolific genre writer Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1925. He began his career with westerns, such as The Bounty Hunters, but for the last several decades has written primarily mysteries such as Unknown Man No. 89 and Get Shorty.

1927 British journalist and mystery writer William Le Queux died in Switzerland at age 63. Some credit his espionage novels with having a great influence on Ian Fleming in his creation of James Bond.

1929 William Faulkner's masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury, was published on October 7, 1929. The Sound and the Fury was not immediately acclaimed but after the publication of Sanctuary two years later, it became a critical and commercial success.

1930 Playwright, screenwriter, and Nobel laureate Harold Pinter was born in London on October 10, 1930. Among his best known plays are The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, and The Homecoming.

1932 William Faulkner's novel Light in August, the story of the doomed mulatto Joe Christmas, was published on October 6, 1932.

1932 Save Me the Waltz, the only novel by Zelda Fitzgerald, the trouble wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, was published on October 7, 1932.

1935 Australian novelist Thomas Keneally, author of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and Schindler's Ark, was born in Sydney on October 7, 1935.

1945 Austrian novelist and journalist Felix Salten, author of Bambi, died on October 8, 1945 in Zurich, Switzerland, where he had settled after the Nazis took control of Vienna.

1961 Comic novelist Joseph Heller's satirical first novel Catch-22 was published on October 10, 1961. Although the title Heller invented quickly entered the English language as a phrase describing a "no-win" situation, his original title was Catch-18, but it was changed to avoid confusion with the novel Mila 18 by Leon Uris.

1965 Cyril Henry Coles, one half of the mystery writing team known as Manning Coles, died on October 9, 1965.

1977 Novelist MacKinlay Kantor died in Sarasota, Florida on October 11, 1977 at age 73. His works included the Pulitzer Prize-winning Andersonville and Glory for Me, which became the acclaimed film The Best Years of Our Lives.

1979 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the humorous science-fiction "trilogy" by Douglas Adams, was published on October 12, 1979.

1982 American playwright and screenwriter Howard Sackler was found dead in his studio in Ibiza, Spain on October 12, 1982 - he was 52. He is best known for his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning 1967 play The Great White Hope, and for the 1970 film adaptation, which he also scripted. James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander starred in both the stage and screen versions.

1995 Henry Roth, known for his account of the immigrant experience in Call It Sleep, died at age 89. After his first novel he spent five decades on a variety of occupations before returning to writing and finishing four final novels prior to his death. (Two were published posthumously).

1996 Mystery author Mignon G. Eberhart, who specialized in stories that combined romance and suspense, died in Greenwich, Connecticut on October 8, 1996 at age 97.

2009 Film scholar and Edgar Award-winning mystery author Stuart M. Kaminsky, died in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2009 at age 75 of hepatitis C, which he had contracted as an Army medic in the late 1950s.



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