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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest published in English. Translated as "The Air Castle that blew up" it is the third and final novel in the Trilogy by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously.
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Graham Greene born 1904. His conversion to Catholicism in 1926 had big impact on writing. Brighton Rock published in 1947, and The Quiet American published in 1955.
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A good day for American novelists as Thomas Wolfe was born on this day in 1900 and Gore Vidal was born in 1925.
Novelist Anne Rice was born 1941, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire (1976) didn't sell well at first. But it became a cult classic and the first volume in Rice's incredibly popular Vampire Chronicles.
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Separated from his son, Alastair, on his seventh birthday in 1907 lead Kenneth Grahame to write a series of letters describing the adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger which eventually became The Wind in the Willows.
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Lord Tennyson died 1892. Much better known as "Alfred, Lord Tennyson," he was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language.
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Edgar Allan Poe died 1849. Considered by some to be the architect of the modern short story, Poe is also deemed to be the originator of such genres as the detective story, the horror tale, and the science fiction story.
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Henry Fielding died 1754. His seamless use of drama, satire, romance, and epic into his works helped distinguish the novel as a new and unique genre. He is most famous for his novel Tom Jones
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Not really books but worthy of note. John Lennon born 1940. And in case you don't know... with Paul McCartney, Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.
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2005: John Banville receives the Man Booker Prize for The Sea. Born in 1945 The Sea was his 18th book. Banville was not the favourite and when the winner was "a shocked hush fell on the glittering gathering"
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Christopher Columbus lands on the Americas 1492, believing he has made his way to the Indies. Not a Literary fact but with out his 'discovery' of the America's we wouldn't have had so many brilliant authors
Henry James born in New York in 1843. His most famous novel , Portrait of a Lady, was published 29th Oct 1881, He was the son of a clergyman, and the brother of philosopher William James and diarist Alice James.
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The American writer E E Cummings was born on this day 1894, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cummings was best known for his somewhat avant-garde poetry, and his body of work encompasses approximately 2,900 poems.
P.G. Wodehouse born1881. English-born American novelist and short story writer - his most beloved characters, Bertie Wooster and his resourceful valet, Jeeves, have been ranked with the outstanding comic duos in literature.
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Oscar Wilde born 1854. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest "celebrities" of his day. His only novel was The Picture of Dorian Grey.
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American playwright Arthur Miller born 1915. He wrote many short stories but is most famous for his awards-winning plays such as All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible.
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Herman Melville - His book Moby Dick or "The Whale" 1st published in 1851. Whilst famous for this novel, Melville also wrote poetry and had five collections published. Melville died in his home town of New York in 1891.
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Philip Pullman born in Norwich, Nofolk, 1946. His book The Butterfly Tattoo which won him great acclaim was pub in 1992 and was originally called The White Mercedes. He is most famous for his Dark Materials trilogy.
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The French poet Arthur Rimbaud born October 20, 1854. Part of the decadent movement he produced his best known works while still in his late teens giving up creative writing altogether before he reached 21.
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Samuel Coleridge born 1772. As a major figure in the English Romantic movement, he is best known for three poems, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan," and "Christabel".
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French writer and existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964 which he subsequently declined. He was the first person in history of the award to voluntarily and unrelentingly refuse it.
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Michael Crichton born 1942. He is best known as a novelist of popular fiction whose stories explore the limitations of a humanistic worldview in the age of advanced technology. Jurassic Park (1990) was his best-selling novel.
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Geoffrey Chaucer died 1400: Widely regarded as the "father of English poetry". His Canterbury Tales is one of the most highly esteemed, and incredibly funny (and bawdy) works in the English language.
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Andrew Motion (who was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2006) was born on the 26th October 1952.
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Sylvia Plath born - 1932. The American poet, novelist, children's author, and short story author is best known for her poetry, and her death which mirrored an attempted suicide in The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel.
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Author, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau received back 706 unsold of 1000 of his first novel A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers published 4 years earlier at his own expense. He kept on writing all the same.
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Dylan Thomas' "The force that through the green fuse" published in a London paper 2 days after 19th birthday. Scholar William Empson said of this "and from that day he was a famous poet.
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1938: Orson Welles's Halloween Eve radio broadcast describing in realistic fashion a Martian invasion of the Earth, based upon H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, terrifies many radio listeners throughout the United States.
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Dick Francis born 1920: A former steeplechase jockey, Francis is famous for his suspense novels as well as his championship career. Francis produced one novel per year, most of which are bestsellers. He died 14 Feb 2010.
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