Today in Literary History – June 11, 1936 – Conan the Barbarian creator, Robert E. Howard, dies by suicide at the age of 30

Robert E. Howard, the prolific pulp fiction writer who invented the character Conan the Barbarian and inaugurated the “sword and sorcery” genre, died by suicide on June 11, 1936, at the age of 30. Howard lived his whole life in small Texas oil towns with his father, a country doctor who Howard did not get …

Today in Literary History – June 9, 1936 -British writer Nell Dunn is born

Nell Dunn, the British writer, was born on June 9, 1936. Dunn’s fame comes from three controversial early books, Up the Junction, a book of short stories published in 1963, Talking to Women (1965), a book of conversations with women from “heiresses to factory workers" (both of which Dunn was) which is now a feminist …

Today in Literary History – June 4, 1924 – E.M. Forster’s “A Passage to India” is published

E.M. Forster's fifth novel, A Passage to India, was first published on June 4, 1924. It had been 14 years since his last novel, Howard's End. Forster had struggled with writing A Passage to India for 11 of those years, and it turned out in many ways to be his most personal book. Although Forster …

Thought of the Day

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.” — Boris Pasternak

Welcome to the month of June with a poem by Claude McKay and a painting by Ana Maria Edulescu

A Memory of June by Claude McKay When June comes dancing o'er the death of May, With scarlet roses tinting her green breast, And mating thrushes ushering in her day, And Earth on tiptoe for her golden guest, I always see the evening when we met-- The first of June baptized in tender rain-- And …