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On this date in 1593, London playwright Thomas Kyd was arrested and tortured by the Privy Council for libel.
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 1823, William Blake agrees to engrave the Inventions to the Book of Job. He’s paid a whopping £5. Despite this, the engravings are widely considered to be masterpieces of Blake’s engraving skill.
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 1672, Charles II of England issued the Royal Declaration of Indulgence, extending religious freedom to Roman Catholics and Protestant nonconformists in his realms.
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.”
English poet Vita Sackville-West was born on this date in 1892.