Milestones in Lit

January

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

1/1/1919:
J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger is born in New York. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye catapulted him to fame shortly after its 1951 publication.
1/3/1882:
Entering New York, Oscar Wilde is asked by customs officials if he has anything to declare; he answers: "Nothing but my genius."
1/4/1809:
Louis Braille, who developed a system of writing that could be felt and interpreted by the blind, is born in France. To learn more about this extraordinary man whose invention enabled the blind to read and write, visit the Duxbury Systems Braille site.
1/6/1878:
Carl Sandburg, winner of Pulitzer Prizes for History (1940) and Poetry (1951), is born in Galesburg, Illinois.
1/10/1845:
Elizabeth Barrett receives her first love letter from Robert Browning. For more on this famous literary couple, visit the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Web site.
1/12/1876:
Jack London is born in San Francisco, CA. London overcame a childhood of poverty to become one of the highest paid and most popular short story writers of his day. To learn more about his life, visit the Jack London Web site.
1/14/1894:
The inaugural issue of Vogue featured two stories by Kate Chopin. Check out the latest in arts and fashion in this month's Vogue online.
1/15/1846:
Fyodor Dostoyevsky publishes his first novel at age 25.
1/22/1561:
Sir Francis Bacon is born in England.
1/27/1832:
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known to many as Lewis Carroll, is born. Learn more about the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Victorian Web.