Monthly Archives: July 2015

Happy Birthday, J.K. Rowling!

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, born this day in 1965 Advertisements

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Paperback Writer

Paperback books were first introduced on this day in 1935.

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Booth Tarkington Born on This Date

Booth Tarkington born this date in 1869. He was the author of The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once (William Faulkner and John Updike … Continue reading

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Beatrix Potter Born on This Date

Beatrix Potter born this date in 1866. Potter pursued illustrating work in natural sciences, but she is best remembered for her book The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the accompanying illustrations and stories.

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Hillaire Belloc Born on This Date

Hillaire Belloc born this date in 1870. Belloc, a prolific writer and historian, became a naturalized British subject in 1902. He had many long-running feuds, most notably with George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells. Wells commented that “Debating Mr. Belloc … Continue reading

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Unua Libro Published on This Date

The Unua Libro was published on this date in 1887. It was the first publication to include a description of the international language Esperanto.

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O. Henry Gets Sprung

Writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) is released from prison in Austin, Texas, on this date in 1901. He had been convicted of embezzling funds from the bank where he worked. He published 14 stories under various pseudonyms while he … Continue reading

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Eudora Welty Died on This Date

Eudora Welty died on this date in 2001. Welty was the author of novels and short stories about the American South, including her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Optimist’s Daughter.

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Today Is Spoonerism Day

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Renaissance Man Petrarch Born on This Date

Italian poet and scholar Petrarch was born on this date in 1304. Often called the “Father of Humanism” and credited for initiating the Italian Renaissance, Petrarch’s most famous poetic work is the collection called the Canzoniere. This collection of poems, … Continue reading

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