Also on This Day in Literary History – From Bookworm Norm March 2018

MARCH 26, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – March 26, 1969 – John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces” dies John Kennedy Toole, the author of the posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces, took his own life on March 26, 1969, at the age of 31. He had laboured over his serio-comic novel …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Also On This Day in Literary History – February 15, 1883 – from Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 15, 1883 – Sax Rohmer, author of the Fu Manchu books is born Arthur Ward, who wrote mystery novels about the evil mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu under the pseudonym “Sax Rohmer,” was born in Birmingham, England on February 15, 1883. Ward began his writing career scripting …

Also On This Day in Literary History – February 10, 1837 – From Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 10, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 10, 1837 – Alexander Pushkin dies after being shot in a duel Alexander Pushkin, one of the pioneers of Russian literature died at the age of 37 on February 10 (January 29 under the Old Style calendar) 1837, two days after being shot in a duel. …

Also On This Day In Literary History – From Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 9, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 9, 1923 – Irish writer Brendan Behan is born The Irish playwright, novelist and memoirist Brendan Behan was born in Dublin on January 9, 1923. He had a short life, with a meteoric rise as a gifted and famous writer and just as swift a fall …

Also On This Day in Literary History – from Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 7, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 7, 1478 – Sir Thomas More, author of Utopia is born Sir Thomas More (Saint Thomas More in the Catholic tradition), Lord Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII and author of the book Utopia, was born on February 7, 1478. More was beheaded in 1535 for …

Also On This Day in Literary History – From Bookworm Norm 2018

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 BY NORM SIGURDSON Today in Literary History – February 6, 1937 – John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is published John Steinbeck’s dramatic novella Of Mice and Men was published on February 6, 1937. It was one of Steinbeck’s “California novels” about migrants to California and preceded The Grapes of Wrath by two years. The Nobel Prize committee singled …