Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Literary Anniversaries 2014

Some literary anniversaries coming up in 2014. Obviously not an exhaustive list!

50 years ago (1964):

- Bret Easton Ellis born, 7 March.
- Elizabeth Kostova born, 26 December.
- T.H. White dies, 17 January.
- Rachel Carson dies, 14 April.
- Flannery O'Connor dies, 3 August.
- Ian Fleming dies, 12 August.
- Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published.
- Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang published.
- Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree published.

100 years ago (1914):

- William S. Burroughs born, 5 February.
- Ralph Ellison born, 1 March.
- Octavio Paz born, 31 March.
- Bernard Malamud born, 26 April.
- Dylan Thomas born, 27 October.
- Patrick O'Brian born, 12 December.
- James Joyce's Dubliners published.

150 years ago (1864):

- Nathaniel Hawthorne dies, 19 May.
- Walter Savage Landor dies, 17 September.
- J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Uncle Silas and Wylder's Hand published.
- Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth published.

200 years ago (1814):

- J. Sheridan Le Fanu born, 28 August.
- William Wells Brown born, 6 November.
- Marquis de Sade dies, 2 December.
- Walter Scott's Waverley published.
- Lord Byron's The Corsair published.
- Jane Austen's Mansfield Park published.

250 years ago (1764):

- Ann Radcliffe born, 9 July.
- Robert Dodsley dies, 23 September.
- Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto published.
- George Psalmanazar's Memoirs published.
- Cesare Beccaria's Of Crimes and Punishments published.

300 years ago (1714):

- William Shenstone born, 13 November.
- Scriblerus Club founded.
- Bernard Mandeville's The Fable of the Bees published in book form.

350 years ago (1664):

- Matthew Prior born, 21 July.
- John Evelyn's Sylva published in book form.

400 years ago (1614):

- Isaac Casaubon dies, 1 July.

450 years ago (1564):

- Galileo Galilei born, 15 February.
- Christopher Marlowe born, February (bap. 26 February).
- William Shakespeare born, April (bap. 26 April).
- John Calvin dies, 27 May.
- Andreas Vesalius dies, 15 October.
- First datable printed work in Russian printed, 1 March.

500 years ago (1514):

- Georg Joachim Rheticus born, 16 February.
- Andreas Vesalius born, 31 December.
- Hartmann Schedel dies, 28 November.
- Albrecht Dürer engraves Melencolia I and St. Jerome in His Study.

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