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On this date in 1933, Edmund Wilson writes the following to John Dos Passos: “I heard T.S. Eliot read his poems the other night . . . He is an actor and really put on a better show than Shaw.” … Continue reading
On this date in 1775, Samuel Johnson makes the following assessment of poet Thomas Gray: “Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull every where. He was dull in a new way, and that made people think … Continue reading
On this date in 1928, D.H. Lawrence writes a letter to Aldous Huxley in which he calls Arnold Bennett a “pig in clover.” Bennett dies on this same date in 1931 after contracting typhoid. He had drunk contaminated water in … Continue reading
On this date in 1728, the Beggar’s Opera author John Gay writes to Jonathan Swift: “For writing in the cause of Virtue, and against the fashionable vices, I am lookt upon at present as the most obnoxious person almost in … Continue reading
Writing under the pseudonym Captain Hercules Vinegar, Justice of the Peace Henry Fielding brings poet laureate Colley Cibber to court for murdering the English language.
On this date in 1826, Sir Walter Scott compares his work to that of Jane Austen: “the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting . . .is denied to me.”
On this date in 1839, Charlotte Brontë writes this refusal to Reverend Henry Nussey’s marriage proposal: “I am not the serious, grave, cool-hearted individual you suppose; you would think me romantic and eccentric.”
On this date in 1931, P.G. Wodehouse writes the following about his weeklong stay at San Simeon, home of William Randolph Hearst: “I sat on [Marion Davies’] right the first night, then found myself being edged further and further away … Continue reading
Nobel Laureate André Gide died on this date in 1951. Several days letter, a telegram bearing his signature appeared on a bulletin board at the Sorbonne. It read “Hell doesn’t exist. Better notify Claudel.” Paul Claudel, who was a Catholic … Continue reading
On this date in 1976, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa punches Columbian author Gabriel García Márquez in the face following a dispute over Llosa’s wife Patricia.