Also On This Day in Literary History – February 15, 1883 – from Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 15, 1883 – Sax Rohmer, author of the Fu Manchu books is born Arthur Ward, who wrote mystery novels about the evil mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu under the pseudonym “Sax Rohmer,” was born in Birmingham, England on February 15, 1883. Ward began his writing career scripting …

Today in Literary History – February 15, 1998 – war correspondent and novelist Martha Gelhorn dies

Martha Gelhorn, the war correspondent, novelist and third wife of Ernest Hemingway, died on February 15, 1998 at the age of 89. She was in poor health, suffering from ovarian and liver cancer and nearly blind. She choose to end her life by suicide. Gelhorn came from a politically progressive Jewish family in St. Louis, …

Today in Literary History – February 14, 1930 – cult novelist Hary Mathews is born

Harry Mathews, the American-born novelist who spent most of his long life living in France, was born in New York on February 14, 1930. Mathews never really reached great popular success but has always had an avid cult following. Mathews came from a wealthy family who disagreed with his literary and artistic ambitions. Relations with …

On This Day in Literary History – February 13, 1769 – Russian fable writer Ivan Krylov is born

Ivan Krylov, who wrote some of the most famous fables in Russian literature and came to be known as “The Russian La Fontaine,” was born in Moscow on February 13, 1769. His father was a military officer from the lowest ranks of the Russian nobility. He died when Krylov was ten years old, plunging the …

Also On This Day in Literary History – February 10, 1837 – From Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 10, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 10, 1837 – Alexander Pushkin dies after being shot in a duel Alexander Pushkin, one of the pioneers of Russian literature died at the age of 37 on February 10 (January 29 under the Old Style calendar) 1837, two days after being shot in a duel. …

On This Day in Literary History – February 10, 1609 – Sir John Suckling, poet, playwright, playboy and the inventor of cribbage is born

Sir John Suckling, poet, playwright, playboy and the inventor of cribbage, was born on February 10, 1609. His father was Secretary of State under King James I and Comptroller of the Household of King Charles I. He died when Suckling was only 18, leaving him a vast fortune and a large estate. Suckling was sent …

Also On This Day In Literary History – From Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 9, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 9, 1923 – Irish writer Brendan Behan is born The Irish playwright, novelist and memoirist Brendan Behan was born in Dublin on January 9, 1923. He had a short life, with a meteoric rise as a gifted and famous writer and just as swift a fall …

Today in Literary History – February 9, 1863 – Anthony Hope, author of The Prisoner of Zenda is born

Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, who wrote under the name Anthony Hope was born in London on February 9, 1863. Hope was a prolific and versatile writer who is known today for two influential adventure novels, The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau. Both novels are set in the fictional mitteleuropean kingdom of …

Today in Literary History – February 8, 1828 – Jules Verne is born

Jules Verne, the French novelist and so-called “Father of Science Fiction,” was born in Nantes on February 8, 1828. He is famous for his groundbreaking series of Voyages extraordinaire (“Fantastic Voyages”) – novels such as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days. Verne’s …

Also On This Day in Literary History – from Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 7, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 7, 1478 – Sir Thomas More, author of Utopia is born Sir Thomas More (Saint Thomas More in the Catholic tradition), Lord Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII and author of the book Utopia, was born on February 7, 1478. More was beheaded in 1535 for …

Today in Literary History – February 7, 1837 – Sir James Murray, creator of the Oxford English Dictionary, is born

Sir James Murray, the Scottish lexicographer who was the creator of the Oxford English Dictionary, was born on February 7, 1837. He lived and breathed the dictionary project from 1879 when he became its editor until his death in 1915. The complete version of the OED was not finished until 1928. Murray was a mostly …

Also On This Day in Literary History – From Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 6, 1937 – John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is published John Steinbeck’s dramatic novella Of Mice and Men was published on February 6, 1937. It was one of Steinbeck’s “California novels” about migrants to California and preceded The Grapes of Wrath by two years. The Nobel Prize committee singled …

Today in Literary History – Isabella Beeton, author of “Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management” dies at the age of 28

Isabella Beeton, the journalist and author of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, died on February 6, 1865 at the age of 28. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, published four years before her death, was the most popular and influential book on how and what to cook and how to successfully manage a household …

Today in Literary History – February 4, 1862 – James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans is published

The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper's influential novel of the clash between the early American settlers and the indigenous native tribes was first published on February 4, 1862. The novel was the second of Cooper’s five-book cycle known collectively as The Leatherstocking Tales. Each of the novels is centred around the character Natty …

Today in Literary History – February 2, 1922 – James Joyce’s Ulysses is first published in Paris

James Joyce's massive and complex masterpiece Ulysses was first published in Paris by Sylvia Beach's Shakespeare and Company on February 2, 1922, Joyce's 40th birthday. Sections of the book had already been serialized in a small magazine in the United States, The Little Review. In 1921 the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice …

Welcome to February – Today, a hopeful poem by Jane Kenyon and a painting by Vincent van Gogh

February: Thinking of Flowers By Jane Kenyon Now wind torments the field, turning the white surface back on itself, back and back on itself, like an animal licking a wound. Nothing but white--the air, the light; only one brown milkweed pod bobbing in the gully, smallest brown boat on the immense tide. A single green …