Category: July

A birth and a death to remember today. Firstly, as I mentioned elsewhere, Antione de Saint-Exupéry died today, going missing somewhere over the Mediterranean whilst flying reconnaissance in 1944.

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Emily Brontë was born today in 1818.  As many of you will know, she was one of a remarkable trio of literary sisters whose works have endured far beyond their untimely deaths …

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2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth, in Kensington, London, in 1866.

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Today we wish ‘many happy returns’ to Aldous Huxley, born in 1894. Huxley came from a famous family, and was educated at Eton and Oxford, but by the time he died he was widely-recognised in his own right as an …

Literary Anniversaries: 26 July Read More »

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“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”  On this day in 1834 the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge died aged 61.

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‘One for all, and all for one!’ Today in 1802, Alexandre Dumas (père), was born. We have to distinguish père from fils (father from son) because a son also became a novelist and playwright.  This feels a little ironic as Père …

Literary Anniversaries: 24 July Read More »

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One of the pleasures of writing this Literary Anniversaries series is being able to talk about a favourite author – and yet it’s a frustration too, being restricted to relatively few words.  Today, is one of those days, when we …

Literary Anniversaries: 23 July Read More »

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Earlier this month we commemorated the death of Ernest Hemingway, and today we celebrate his birth in 1899. What more can we say about this Nobel Prize-winning giant of American Literature?  One of the most interesting documents I have come …

Literary Anniversaries: 21 July Read More »

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Today we celebrate the anniversaries of two important writers whose lives overlapped by just six years. Firstly, Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817.  Fans should prepare themselves for a slew of celebratory events for her bicentennial next year!

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On this day in 1899, the novelist EB White was born. In his thirties, White turned his hand to children’s fiction to please a niece, and the results include two of the best-loved children’s books of all time.  His first …

Literary Anniversaries: 11 July Read More »

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