Milestones in Lit

December

Check out some important literary events that have anniversaries this month.

12/3/1947:
Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway. Theaters around the country still perform Williams's play.
12/8/1894:
James Thurber is born in Columbus, Ohio.
12/10/1830:
Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts.
12/12/1878:
Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing the St. Louis Dispatch.
12/17/1965:
The New York Times publishes the largest newspaper ever—a 946-page Sunday edition. Visit The New York Times.
12/18/1870:
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) is born in Akyab, Burma.
12/19/1732:
Benjamin Franklin publishes Poor Richard's Almanac, a best-seller in Colonial America. The son of a candlemaker, Franklin is considered one of the greatest American inventors and thinkers of all time. Find out more about Benjamin Franklin.
12/21/1767:
The Newport, Rhode Island, Mercury publishes a poem by 13-year-old poet Phillis Wheatley. Get more information from the Library of Congress on Phillis Wheatley, the first African American woman to be published.
12/22/1869:
Edwin Arlington Robinson is born in Head Tide, Maine.
12/24/1881:
Poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, the winner of the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature, is born in Andalusia, Spain.
12/25/1939:
Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol is read by Lionel Barrymore on CBS Radio. The reading becomes an annual event for years to come.
12/30/1816:
Percy Bysshe Shelley marries Mary Wollstonecraft. Did you know that Mary Shelley got the idea to write Frankenstein after she was challenged by George Gordon, Lord Byron to write a ghost story? Explore this and other interesting insights into the life of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.