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D.H. Lawrence Disses Arnold Bennett

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

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The Birth of Shakespeare and Company

On this date in 1919, American expat Sylvia Beach opened the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. Beach published James Joyce’s Ulysses; her bookstore is featured in Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. https://shakespeareandcompany.com/

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Turgenev Tranquilizes Tolstoy

On this date in 1861, while visiting fellow author Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy falls asleep reading the proofs of Turgenev’s latest novel, Fathers and Sons.

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I Think This Is the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

On this date in 1763, Samuel Johnson and James Boswell meet in Tom Davies’s London bookshop.

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A Literary Picnic

At a literary picnic on this date in 1850, Herman Melville meets Nathaniel Hawthorne, thus beginning their long friendship.

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Waugh Wages “War” for Wodehouse

Evelyn Waugh publishes “An Act of Homage and Reparation to P. G. Wodehouse”-perhaps the single-most influential plea for restoring Wodehouse’s reputation among the English-in the London Sunday Times. Although Wodehouse professed to be completely uninterested and uninvolved with the politics … Continue reading

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Byron Challenges His Friends to a Writing “Duel”

On this date in 1816, Lord Byron challenges his four house guests at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to each write a ghost story. Percy Bysshe Shelley, his wife Mary Godwin Shelley, her sister Claire Clairmont, and Byron’s doctor, … Continue reading

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Algonquin Round Table Begins

The Algonquin Round Table begins meeting in June of 1919. This group of New York City writers originally started as a joke, with members of the “Vicious Circle,” as they called themselves, meeting for lunch daily at the Algonquin Hotel … Continue reading

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Kyd Has Kip Marlowe Kuffed on This Date

On this date in 1593, playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe. Ten days later, Marlowe was stabbed to death. Scholars have never resolved whether or not the arrest was connected … Continue reading

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