Today in Literary History -September 25, 1897 – American novelist William Faulkner is born (from Bookworm Norm, 2017)

Nobel Prize winning novelist and short story writer William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897, in rural Mississippi, the state he lived in for the rest of his life and where he set most of his books, usually in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. At birth Faulkner’s name was Falkner, but sometime in 1918 when …

Today in Literary History -September 24, 1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald is born (from Bookworm Norm, 2017)

The great jazz age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. His full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald and he was named after his distant cousin Francis Scott Key who wrote the American national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” Like his most famous character, Jay Gatsby in The …

Today in Literary History – September 21, 1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is published (from Bookworm Norm, 2018)

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s now classic children’s fantasy novel, was first published on September 21, 1937. It is a quest-type novel and establishes the fictional world that Tolkien would flesh out in his later Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon literature at the time and had a strong interest in medieval studies …

Today in Literary History – September 21, 1934 – Leonard Cohen, poet, novelist and singer/songwriter, is born (from Bookworm Norm, 2017)

Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934, in Montreal to a prosperous Orthodox Jewish family. Cohen died in 2016 at the age of 82. Over the years he had many artistic incarnations as a poet, novelist and singer-songwriter. Although he lived in many places over the years — Greece, London, New York, Los Angeles …

Today in Literary History – September 16, 1898 – Hans Rey, creator with his wife Margret of “Curious George,” is born

H.A. Rey, who along with his wife Margret created the Curious George books, was born in Hamburg Germany on September 16th, 1898. He came from a highly educated middle class Jewish family. He grew up near the Hagenbeck Zoo, where he spent hours learning to imitate the animal's sounds and taught himself to draw and …

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 …

Today in Literary History – August 31, 1688 -John Bunyan, author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” dies

John Bunyan, the Puritan preacher and author most famous for his popular allegory The Pilgrim's Progress, died on August 31, 1688, at the age of 59, after catching a fever in a storm. Bunyan is buried in Bunhill Fields, which poet Robert Southey called “the Campo Santo of the Dissenters.” George Fox, founder of the …

Today in Literary History – August 28, 1913 – Canadian novelist Robertson Davies is born (from Bookworm Norm August, 2018)

Robertson Davies, the Canadian novelist, playwright, actor, critic, and newspaperman, was born on August 28, 1913 in Thamesville, Ontario, which he fictionalized as the town of Deptford in The Deptford Trilogy -- (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders). Davies father, Rupert Davies, was a Welsh immigrant who became the publisher of The Kingston …

Today in Literary History – August 27, 1959 – novelist Jeanette Winterson is born (updated from August, 2018)

The British novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester on August 27, 1959. She was given up for adoption at birth and does not know who her biological parents were and claims to have no curiosity about them. Her adoptive parents were fundamentalist Pentecostals. “Their God is very literal — Jimmy Swaggart’s God,” she told …

Today in Literary History – August 26, 1904 – novelist Christopher Isherwood is born

Christopher Isherwood, the novelist and playwright, was born on August 26, 1904, just outside Manchester, England. He is best known for two novellas he wrote while living in Berlin in the 1930s -- Mr. Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1939). They were published together as Berlin Stories in 1945. The two books …

Today in Literary History – August 25, 1949 – novelist and critic Martin Amis is born

Martin Amis, one of Britain's most highly regarded novelists and literary critics, who was described as an enfant terrible and a literary “bad boy" well into his middle age, turns 70 years old today. Amis was born in Oxford on August 25, 1949. His father, Sir Kingsley Amis was a famous comic novelist, as well …

Today in Literary History – August 24, 1872 – Max Beerbohm, novelist, essayist, critic, dandy, known as “The Incomperable Max” is born

Max Beerbohm (or to give him his full handle, Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm) was born in London on August 24, 1872. He became well known early in his life as a dandy and a bon vivant. He was closely associated with Oscar Wilde’s circle. He was a good friend of the artist and writer Aubrey …