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Peter Pan, by James Barrie, opens in London

Peter Pan, by James Barrie, opens in London

On this day in 1904, the play Peter Pan, by James Barrie, opens at the Duke of York’s Theater in London. Barrie was born in 1860 and studied at the University of Edinburgh. He worked as a reporter for the Nottingham Journal for two years after college. He moved to …

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Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman is born

Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman is born

William Goldman, novelist, screenwriter and playwright, is born on this day in Chicago, the younger brother of writer James Goldman. Both brothers will prove to be highly versatile writers, penning successful novels, short stories, plays, and movies. Goldman attended Oberlin College and Columbia University. Originally, he concentrated his efforts on …

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A Christmas Carol is published

A Christmas Carol is published

On this day in 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” is published. Dickens was born in 1812 and attended school in Portsmouth. His father, a clerk in the navy pay office, was thrown into debtors’ prison in 1824, and 12-year-old Charles was sent to work in a factory. …

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Henry James’ first novel is published

Henry James’ first novel is published

On this day in 1875, American writer Henry James publishes his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Earlier in the year, he had published Transatlantic Sketches, a book of travel essays, and a short-story collection titled A Passionate Pilgrim. James, born in New York in 1843, was the second son of a …

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Eudora Welty is born

Eudora Welty is born

Southern writer Eudora Welty is born in Jackson, Mississippi. Welty, whose father owned an insurance company, led a sheltered life. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1929 and studied advertising at Columbia University School of Business. When she returned to Mississippi in 1931, she worked as a radio …

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Curious George co-creator Margret Rey dies

Curious George co-creator Margret Rey dies

On this day in 1996, Margret Rey, who with her husband Hans created the popular “Curious George” children’s books about a mischievous monkey, dies at age 90 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Reys, both German Jews, escaped wartime Europe in 1940 and fled to America. The following year, the first “Curious …

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George Sand is born

George Sand is born

Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, later known as author George Sand, is born in France on this day. Sand’s father, a descendant of a king of Poland through illegitimate lines, had been married to her mother, a Parisian bird-seller, for only a month when Sand was born. Her father died when she was …

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Oscar Wilde arrested

Oscar Wilde arrested

Writer Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been engaged in an affair with the marquess’s son since 1891, but when the outraged marquess denounced him as a homosexual, Wilde sued the man for libel. However, he lost his case when …

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Walt Whitman is born

Walt Whitman is born

Today is the birthday of poet Walt Whitman, born in West Hills, Long Island, and raised in Brooklyn. Although Whitman loved music and books, he left school at the age of 14 to become a journeyman printer. Later, he worked as a teacher, journalist, editor, carpenter, and held various other …

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William Saroyan is born

William Saroyan is born

William Saroyan, the son of an Armenian immigrant, is born in Fresno on this day in 1908. Saroyan’s father died when the boy was only three, and he was raised in an orphanage. His mother later reunited the family. To earn extra money for the family, Saroyan started selling newspapers …

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