From Bookworm Norm March 2018 – March 29, 1895 – World War I memoirist Ernst Jünger is born

Ernst Jünger, the German soldier, essayist and philosopher, was born on March 29, 1895. He is most famous for his searing World War I memoir Storm of Steel, which was first published in Germany in 1920. Jünger served in the German army on the Western Front throughout the First World War. He was wounded many times, …

Today in Literary History – March 28, 1708 – Hannah Glasse, the author of Britain’s first bestselling cookbook, is born

Hannah Glasse, the author of the first English mass consumption cookbook, was born on March 28, 1708. Her book The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Simple was published in 1747 and was the largest selling cookbook in Britain for over a century. It was very influential in colonial and post-colonial America as well. Benjamin …

Also on This Day in Literary History – From Bookworm Norm March 2018

MARCH 26, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – March 26, 1969 – John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces” dies John Kennedy Toole, the author of the posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces, took his own life on March 26, 1969, at the age of 31. He had laboured over his serio-comic novel …

Today in Literary History – March 26, 1911 – playwright Tennessee Williams is born

One of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century was born in Mississippi on March 26, 1911 as Thomas Lanier Williams. For reasons he never clearly explained he chose the pen name Tennessee Williams when he was 28, but he was always known to his friends as “Tom.” His plays The Glass Menagerie …

Today in Literary History – March 24, 1976 – E.H. Shepard, illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh, dies at 96

E. H. Shepard, the artist who created the iconic illustrations for A. A. Milne's series of Winnie-the-Pooh books and Kenneth Grahame's beloved The Wind in the Willows, died on March 24, 1976 at the age of 96. Ernest Howard Shepard was born in London on December 10, 1879. Shepard’s parents – his father was an architect …

Also on This Day in Literary History – March 18, 1893 – from Bookworm Norm March 2018

MARCH 18, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – March 18, 1893 – poet Wilfrid Owen is born The great World War I poet Wilfrid Owen was born on March 18, 1893 in Shropshire, England. Owen was 22 years old and teaching English and French at the Berlitz School in Bordeaux, France, when the First World …

Today in Literary History – March 18, 1927 – “professional amateur” and Paris Review editor George Plimpton is born

George Plimpton, a “participatory journalist" and “professional amateur" as well as a generous and important literary editor, was born in New York City on March 18, 1927. He is famous for his self-deprecatory books about his immersion in elite professions -- pitching half of a Major League baseball game, training as quarterback with the Detroit …

Today in Literary History – March 14, 1887 – Sylvia Beach, owner of Shakespeare and Company in Paris, is born

Sylvia Beach, the bookseller and publisher who founded the English language bookstore Shakespeare and Company in Paris, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 14, 1887. Shakespeare and Company became an important meeting place for expatriate American and British writers in Paris between 1919 and 1941, when the store was closed under the Nazi occupation …

Today in Literary History – March 12, 1912 – Canadian poet Irving Layton is born

Irving Layton, one of the most influential and controversial Canadian poets of the 20th century was born on March 12, 1912 as Israel Pincu Lazarovitch in Târgu Neamţ, Romania. According to family legend, Layton was born naturally circumcised, a sign in Jewish mysticism that he was, if not the messiah, then definitely destined for greatness. …

Today in Literary History – March 11, 1959 – the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway 60 years ago today

Sixty years ago today, on March 11, 1959, "A Raisin in the Sun,” the play by Lorraine Hansberry, debuted on Broadway at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The play centres around a black family, the Youngers, and is set in their cramped Chicago apartment. The family's father has recently died and left them with a $10,000 …

Today in Literary History – March 7, 1913 – Canadian poet Pauline Johnson dies

Emily Pauline Johnson, the Canadian poet and performer, died from breast cancer in Vancouver, B.C. on March 7, 1913 just three days before her 52nd birthday. Johnson, also known by her indigenous name Tekahionwake, was born in 1861 on the Six Nations reserve in Ontario where her father was a hereditary Mohawk chief. Her mother …

Today in Literary History – March 6, 1927 – Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez is born

Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist, was born on March 6, 1927. With his novels, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Love in the Time of Cholera, and novellas like No One Writes to the Colonel and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, García Márquez became not only the …