A few (obviously selected) literary anniversaries coming up in 2015.
50 years ago (1965):
- J.K. Rowling born, 31 July.
- T.S. Eliot dies, 4 January.
- Thornton W. Burgess dies, 5 June.
- W. Somerset Maugham dies, 16 December.
- Frank Herbert's Dune published.
- John le Carré's The Looking-Glass War published.
- Sylvia Plath's Ariel published.
100 years ago (1915):
- Saul Bellow born, 10 June.
- Arthur Miller born, 17 October.
- Rupert Brooke dies, 23 April.
- Widener Library (Harvard) dedicated.
- Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis published.
- John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps published.
- Arthur Conan Doyle's The Valley of Fear published.
- T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock published.
- Alfred A. Knopf publishing house founded.
150 years ago (1865):
- W.B. Yeats born, 13 June.
- Rudyard Kipling born, 30 December.
- Isabella Beeton dies, 6 February.
- Lydia Sigourney dies, 10 June.
- Elizabeth Gaskell dies, 12 November.
- Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland published.
200 years ago (1815):
- Anthony Trollope born, 24 April.
- Ada Lovelace born, 10 December.
- North American Review begins publication.
- Jane Austen's Emma published.
250 years ago (1765):
- Edward Young dies, 5 April.
- Diderot's Encyclopédie completed.
- Johnson and Steevens' edition of Shakespeare's Works published.
- William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England published.
300 years ago (1715):
- John Hawkesworth born (approx.)
- Gilbert Burnet dies, 17 March.
- Nahum Tate dies, 30 July.
- Joseph Addison's Free-Holder published.
350 years ago (1665):
- Jacques Lelong born, 19 April.
- Kenelm Digby dies, 11 June.
- Journal des sçavans and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society begin publication.
- Robert Hooke's Micrographia published.
400 years ago (1615):
- Giambattista della Porta dies, 4 February.
- Part 2 of Cervantes' Don Quixote published.
450 years ago (1565):
- William Rastell dies, 27 August.
500 years ago (1515):
- Roger Ascham born.
- Aldus Manutius dies, 6 February.