Today in Literature

Welcome to our premiere installment of Today in Literature!

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September 15th through literary history…

  • Agatha Christie, acclaimed and beloved mystery writer, was born on this day in 1890, Torquay, UK
  • Robert Penn Warren, writer, critic, and poetry consultant to the U.S. Library of Congress, died on this day in 1989
  • Robert Benchley, writer and editor, was born on this day in 1889, Worcester, Massachusetts (famous also for darkly funny quotes like: “It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.”)
  • Arthur Henry Hallam, poet and essayist, died on this day in 1883 at the tender age of twenty-two, and is now best remembered thanks to Alfred Lord Tennyson eulogizing him in his In Memoriam
  • Claude McKay, author, poet, and generally fascinating contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, was born on this day in 1890
  • James Fenimore Cooper, author (probably most famous for The Last of the Mohicans), was born on this day in 1789
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