Saturday, January 27, 2007


Notable events in reading this week:

January 21, 1789 - The first American novel was published anonymously in Boston.

William Hill Brown, The Power of Sympathy, or the triumph of nature.
It was an “epistolary romance,” a story told in the form of letters from one person to another.(Glendale Public Library's copy will be on order)

Writers Born This Week:

January 22, 1788 – Lord Byron, British, poems
"Behold! in various throngs the scribbling crew." in The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. This database of over 200,000 poems in full text is accessible with your library card number through the Online Resources page of the Glendale Public Library website. Look him up and read his poems.

January 22, 1849 – August Strindberg, Swedish, plays
Miss Julie, The Father, Ghost Sonata, A Dream Play

January 22, 1937 – Joseph Wambaugh, American, novels and true crime
Hollywood Station, The Blue Knight, The Onion Field, Fire Lover

January 23, 1783 – Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle), French, novels
The Charterhouse of Parma, The Red and the Black

January 24, 1732 – Pierre Beaumarchais, French, plays
The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro

January 24, 1862 – Edith Wharton, American novels and stories
Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence

January 25, 1759 – Robert Burns, Scottish, poems
Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, among them “Auld Lang Syne”

January 25, 1874 – William Somerset Maugham, British, novels and stories
The Painted Veil, Of Human Bondage, The Razor’s Edge, The Moon and Sixpence

January 25, 1882 – Virginia Woolf, British, novels and stories
A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves

January 26, 1929 – Jules Feiffer, American, plays, novels, cartoons, film
Little Murders, Knock, Knock, Feiffer’s People, “Carnal Knowledge”

January 27, 1832 – Lewis Carroll, British, mathematics, children's books
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Jabberwocky

January 27, 1931 – Mordecai Richler, Canadian, novels
Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Joshua Then and Now

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