Also On This Day in Literary History – From Bookworm Norm 2018 – April 27, 1932 – poet Hart Crane dies

American poet Hart Crane died by suicide on April 27, 1932, at the age of thirty-two. He was on a ship returning to New York from Mexico when he threw himself overboard in the Gulf of Mexico. His body was never recovered. Crane grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, the only son of parents who fought …

Today in Literary History – April 27, 1898 – Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the “Madeleine” books, is born

Ludwig Bemelmans, the author and illustrator of the beloved children's book series Madeleine, was born on April 27, 1898 in what was then a western part of Tyrol in the Austro-Hungarian Empire but is now in Italy. He published the first of the Madeleine books, charming stories told in rhyme about a precocious Parisian orphan, …

Today in Literary History – April 26, 2004 – “Last Exit to Brooklyn” author Hubert Selby Jr. dies

Hubert Selby Jr., the American writer best known for his controversial first novel Last Exit to Brooklyn, died in California on April 26, 2004 at the age of 75. In a sense, however, Selby had been on the brink of death for most of his life. He battled drug and alcohol addiction through much of …

Today in Literary History – from Bookworm Norm 2018

Today in Literary History – April 25, 1719 – Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe” is published Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner was first published on April 25, 1719. The story of an English sailor marooned for 28 years on a deserted island off the coast of South America, it was a …

Thought of the Day

“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.” – Lucretius