Category Archives: Novels

Anita Loos Was Born on This Date


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Robert Penn Warren Was Born on This Date

Penn Warren is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.

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Dinah Mulock Craik Was Born on This Date


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Burroughs Becomes “King” of the Retail Jungle

On this date in 1907, Edgar Rice Burroughs was promoted to manager of the Stenographic Department of Sears, Roebuck, and Co. in Chicago. Five years later, he would create Tarzan.

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Edna Ferber Died on This Date

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Alan Paton Died on This Date

Alan Paton died on this date in 1988. Paton, a South African writer and anti-­apartheid activist, is known for his work Cry, the Beloved Country.

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Today Marks Dilsey’s Turn

April 8, 1928, marks the beginning of the final section of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Dilsey, the Compson family’s cook, narrates her take on the rise and fall of the family for whom she has worked for … Continue reading

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Selma Lagerlöf Died on This Date

Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature, died on this date in 1940.

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Sir Walter Scott Throws Some Shade on Himself

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.”

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Ayn Rand Died on This Date

Ayn Rand died on this date in 1982. Rand was born in Russia in 1905 and moved to the U.S. in 1926. She is best remembered for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

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