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Bligh’s Men Mutiny on the Bounty on This Date

On this date, in 1789, Lt. William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift after the crew aboard his ship, The Bounty mutinied against him. In 1932, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall publish Mutiny on the Bounty, their account … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Progress Was Published on This Date

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is published on this date in 1678. Bunyan wrote the first part of his Christian allegory whilst in prison for preaching without a license. Read Pilgrim’s Progress here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21171

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Today Is Bloomsday!

On this date in 1904, James Joyce met Nora Barnacle and took her for a walk. This date became the day of Leopold Bloom’s fictional odyssey through Dublin in Ulysses.

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La Vagabonde Begins Serial Publication on This Date

On this date in 1910, Colette begins serial publication of her novel La Vagabonde. The novel was based on her own experiences on the musical stage and her failed first marriage.

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Robinson Crusoe Published on This Date

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe was published on this date in 1719. It is widely considered the first novel in English.

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Madame Bovary Published on This Date

On this date in 1857, Gustave Flaubert’s masterpiece of realism, Madame Bovary, is published.

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It Was a Bright Cold Day in April, and the Clocks Were Striking Thirteen

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, the protagonist begins his diary on this date.  

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Hard Times Begins on This Date

The first installment of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times appears on this date in 1854. The novel is the shortest of Dickens’s work and is a scathing indictment of utilitarianism.

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Sold Out!

On this date in 1920, the first run of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise sold out, just three dates after its initial publication.

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The Scarlet Letter Was Published on This Date

On this date in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was published. High school English classes have never been the same since. 🙂

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