Today in Literary History – September 13, 1592 – Michel de Montaigne, the creator of the personal essay, dies

Michel de Montaigne, the French philosopher who established the personal essay as a literary form, died on September 13, 1592 at Château de Montaigne, the family estate where he had been born 59 years earlier. Ironically, Montaigne died of quinsy, a throat infection that led to a paralysis of his tongue and his inability to …

Today in Literary History -September 12, 1869 – Peter Mark Roget, compiler of “Roget’s Thesaurus” dies

Peter Mark Roget, the British physician, inventor, scientist, and lexicographer who late in life published his enduring magnum opus Roget’s Thesaurus, died on September 12, 1869, at the age of 90, while on vacation in the Malvern Hills. Roget was a remarkable Victorian figure with wide interests and a long list of medical and scientific …

Today in Literary History – September 5, 1791 – The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen is published in Paris

The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen was published in Paris on September 5, 1791, during the early years of the French Revolution by Olympe de Gouges, a French activist, feminist, and playwright. The Declaration was intended as a response to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the …

Today in Literary History – Belgian crime novelist Georges Simenon dies (from Bookworm Norm 2018)

Georges Simenon, the prolific Belgian detective novelist and creator of the immortal Inspector Maigret mysteries, died in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 4, 1989, at the age of 86. Over the course of his career Simenon wrote at least 400 books, 76 of them featuring his most famous creation, the pipe-smoking Inspector Jules Maigret of the …

Today in Literary History – September 1, 1875 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan of the Apes, is born (from September, 2018)

Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan of the Apesand author of many other fantasy and science fiction novels, was born in Chicago on September 1, 1875. He enlisted in the army as a young man but was discharged because of a heart ailment. He then spent many years working at a series of low paid …

Welcome, everyone, to the month of September with a beautiful painting and a lovely poem

Welcome to the month of September with a painting by the great Frida Kahlo and a lovely poem from Daniel Brick. September Comes By Daniel Brick In summer, you were stunned by green things blooming, bronzed by heat released from every inch of sky, carried across blue thresholds by random winds. Oh, how you felt …