Literary anniversaries in July
2nd July 1961 - Ernest Hemingway's death, author of A Farewell to Arms
6th July 6 1962 - William Faulkner's death, author of As I lay Dying
7th July 1930 - Arthur Conan Doyle's death, creator of Sherlock Holmes
18th July 1817 - Jane Austen's death, author of Pride and Prejudice
21st July 1899 - Ernest Hemingway's birthday, author of A Farewell to Arms
28th July 1866 - Beatrix Potter's Birthday, author of Peter Rabbit
30th July 1818 - Emily Bronte's birthday, author of Wuthering Heights
31st July 1965 - J K Rowling's birthday, author of Harry Potter



...and a literary fact
The only 15 letter word that can be spelt without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable!

Literary anniversaries in June
9th June 1870 - Charles Dickens's death, author of Great Expectations
12th June 1942 - Anne Frank Gets a Diary for her birthday
16th June 1904 / yearly - Bloomsday, the life of James Joyce is celebrated and the events of his novel Ulysses are relived
29th June 1613 - The Globe Theatre burns down

...and a literary fact
The Times (UK’s newspaper) of 22 August 1978 contained the most number of misprints – about 97. In one story about the Pope, he was called “the Pop” throughout the article!

Literary anniversaries in May
9th May 1814 - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen was published
15th May 1886 - Emily Dickinson's death
22nd May 1859 - Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday, author of Sherlock Holmes
31st May 1819 - Walt Whitman's Birthday, author of Leaves of Grass


...and a literary fact
The town of Hamelin, Germany famous for the legend of the rat-catching Pied Piper has a modern day Rat Problem due to the food left by tourists!

Literary anniversaries in April
10th April - 16th April 2016 - National Library Week 2016
21st April 1816 - Charlotte Bronte's birthday, author of Jane Eyre
26th April - Shakespeare is baptised, author of Romeo & Juliet


...and a literary fact

Lewis Carroll once stayed up all night composing this anagram of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone: ‘Wild agitator, means well’. 

Literary anniversaries in March

2nd March 1904 - Dr. Seuss's birthday, author of Cat in the Hat
3rd March 2016 - World Book Day 2016
21st March - World Poetry Day
24th March 1905 - Jules Verne's death, author of Around the World in Eighty Days
31st March 1855 - Charlotte Bronte's death - Author of Jane Eyre

...and a literary fact

 In 1951, William Burroughs accidentally shot his common-law wife Joan Vollmer dead at a party during a drunken game of ‘William Tell’.

Literary anniversaries in February

2nd February 1882 - James Joyce's birthday, author of Ulysses
7th February 1812 - Charles Dickens's birthday, author of A Christmas Carol
9th February 1881 - Dostoyevsky death, author of Crime & Punishment
26th February 1802 - Victor Hugo's birthday - author of Les Misérables

...and a literary fact

The Times (UK’s newspaper) of 22 August 1978 contained the most number of misprints – about 97. In one story about the Pope, he was called “the Pop” throughout the article!

Literary anniversaries in January

1st January 1919 - J. D. Salinger's birthday, author of Catcher in the Rye
3rd January 1892 - J. R. R. Tolkien's birthday, author of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
4th January 1965 - T. S. Eliot's death, author of The Waste Land
8th January 1824 - Wilkie Collins's Birthday, author of Woman in White
13th January 1941 - James Joyce's birthday, author of Ulysses
14th January 1898 - Lewis Carroll's birthday, author of Alice in Wonderland
18th January 1936 - Rudyard Kipling's death, author of Jungle Book
19th January 1809 - Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, author of The Tell Tale Heart
21st January 1950 - George Orwell's death, Author of 1984 and Animal Farm
27th January 1832 - Lewis Carroll's (un-un) birthday, author of Alice in Wonderland
28th January 1813 - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen was published 

...and a literary fact

John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, “Paradise Lost.”!

Literary anniversaries in December

December 1817 - Northanger Abbey and Persuasion by Jane Austen were published
3rd December 1894 - Robert Louis Stevenson's death, author of Treasure Island
16th December 1775 - Jane Austen's birthday, author of Pride & Prejudice
19th December 1848 - Emily Bronte's death, author of Wuthering Heights
21st December 1940 - F Scott Fitzgerald's death, author of The Great Gatsby
25th December 1815 - Emma by Jane Austen was published
30th December 1865 - Rudyard Kipling's birthday, author of Jungle Book

...and a literary fact

The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”!

Literary anniversaries in November

8th November 1847 - Bram Stoker's birthday, author of Dracula
9th November 1953 - Dylan Thomas's death, author of Under Milk Wood
11th November 1821 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's birthday, author of Crime and Punishment
13th November 1850 - Robert Louis Stevenson's birthday, author of Treasure Island
20th November 1910 - Leo Tolstoy's death, author of War & Peace
22nd November 1963 - C. S. Lewis's death, creator of Narnia
23rd November 1990 - Roald Dahl's death, favourite children's author
29th November 1898 - C. S. Lewis's birthday, creator of Narnia
30th November 1835 - Mark Twain's birthday, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
30th November 1900 - Oscar Wilde's death, author of The Importance of Being Earnest

...and a literary fact
None of the three most famous tales of the ‘Arabian Nights’ actually comes from the Arabian Nights. The stories of Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and the Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor were all later additions to the original corpus of bona fide Arabic ‘1001 Nights'.

Literary anniversaries in October

7th October 1849 - Edgar Allan Poe's death, author of The Tell Tale
16th October 1854 - Oscar Wilde's birthday, author of The Happy Prince and Other Tales
27th October 1914 - Dylan Thomas's birthday, the stormy Welsh poet
30th October 1811 - Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen was published

...and a literary fact
The most expensive book ever purchased - everyone’s favorite billionaire Bill Gates bought ‘Codex Leicester’, one of Leonardo Di Vinci’s scientific journals for $30.8 million.


Literary anniversaries in September

 2nd September 1973 - J. R. R. Tolkien's birthday, author of The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
  9th September 1828 - Leo Tolstoy's birthday, author of War & Peace
13th September 1916 - Roald Dahl's birthday, author of Matilda
21st September 1947 - Stephen King's birthday, The Master of Horror
21st September 1866 - H. G. Wells's birthday, author of The War of the Worlds
23rd September 1889 - Wilkie Collin's death, author of The Woman in White
24th September 1991 - Dr. Seuss's death, creator of The Cat in the Hat
24th September 1896 - F Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, author of The Great Gatsby
25th September 1897 - William Faulkner's birthday, author of The Big Sleep
26th September 1888 - T. S. Eliot's birthday, author of The Cocktail Party

...and a literary fact

Roald Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and also tested chocolates for Cadbury’s while he was at school. This perhaps was his inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.)


Literary anniversaries in August

Dates this month when literary events in the past occurred:

6th August 1996 - A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin, is published.
13th August 1946 - H. G. Wells's death, author of War of the Worlds
18th August 1948 - Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, is published

 ...and a literary fact
According to Google, 129,864,880 million books had been published as of 2010. That number is obviously a lot higher now. So when you say “I just can’t find a good book to read,” know that you have a lot to choose from. But most won't be in the Little Common Library unfortunately.








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