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 …

Also Today in Literary History -March 4, 1932 – from Bookworm Norm 2018

MARCH 4, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – March 4, 1932 – Ryszard Kapuściński is born One of my favourite writers Ryszard Kapuściński was born on March 4, 1932 in what was then Pinsk, Poland but is now in Belarus. Kapuściński worked for the Polish Press Agency for many years under communist rule, reporting mostly …

Today in Literary History – March 5, 1948 -American crime writer James Ellroy is born

James Ellroy, perhaps America’s greatest living crime fiction writer, was born in Los Angeles on March 5, 1948 as Lee Earle Ellroy. Ellroy’s life had inauspicious beginnings. His mother was raped and murdered when he was ten years old. In his twenties he was often homeless, addicted to drugs and alcohol. He was arrested more …

Also Today in Literary History – March 3, 1996 – From Bookworm Norm March 2018

MARCH 3, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – March 3, 1996 – French novelist Marguerite Duras dies The French novelist and screenwriter Marguerite Duras died from throat cancer on March 3, 1996 at the age of 81. She was born in 1914 in Saigon, the capital of French Indochina, which is now known as Ho …

Today in Literary History – March 3, 1983 – Hergé, the creator of Tintin dies

Georges Remi, who created, wrote, and illustrated the Tintin books series under the penname Hergé, died in 1983 at the age of 75, from a rare form of bone marrow cancer. The Tintin books, starring an intrepid boy reporter’s globe-trotting adventures, have sold 120 million copies in 40 languages over the last 90 years. Although …

Today in Literary History – March 2, 1930 – Tom Wolfe is born

Tom Wolfe, one of the founders of the “New Journalism" movement and a best-selling novelist, was born on March 2, 1930 in Richmond, Virginia. Wolfe's early journalistic works in the 1960s, collected in such books as The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, broke most of …

Thought of the Day

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people." --G.K. Chesterton

Welcome to the month of March, with a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “A March Snow”

A March Snow by Ella Wheeler Wilcox Let the old snow be covered with the new: The trampled snow, so soiled, and stained, and sodden. Let it be hidden wholly from our view By pure white flakes, all trackless and untrodden. When Winter dies, low at the sweet Spring's feet Let him be mantled in …