Sunday, June 30, 2013

This Week In Literature June 30 - July 6, 2013

·       On July 4, 1882 Novelist and short-story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem,
Massachusetts. His works include The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables, and The Blithedale Romance.

·         Also on July 4, only four years after Hawthorne’s birth, Henry David Thoreau moved into the cabin he built on land owned by friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thus began Thoreau’s 26-month sabbatical that finished with the masterpiece Walden.

·         Lionel Trilling, American literary critic and teacher, came into being on July 4th in 1905.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

This Week in Literature June 23-29, 2013


·         Langston Hughes included the poetry of  in his 1966 anthology, “The Poetry of the Negro. Born in 1936, Clifton’s first poetry collection, “Good Times” debuted in 1969 and was New York Time’s one of the best ten books of the year.

·         Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce born today on June 24, 1842. Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote “And Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and compiled The Devil’s Dictionary.  In 1913, he Bierce disappeared without a trace while traveling with rebel troops in the Mexican Revolution.

·         George Orwell was born on the 25th and is best known for Animal Farm published in 1944 and 1984 published in 1949.