Milestones in Lit
Check out some important literary events that have anniversaries this month.
Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway. Theaters around the country still perform Williams's play.
James Thurber is born in Columbus, Ohio.
Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing the St. Louis Dispatch.
The New York Times
publishes the largest newspaper ever—a 946-page Sunday edition. Visit The New York Times
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro) is born in Akyab, Burma.
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
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.
Edwin Arlington Robinson is born in Head Tide, Maine.
Poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, the winner of the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature, is born in Andalusia, Spain.
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.
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