1764 – Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
70 BC – Virgil, Roman poet (d. 19 BC)
1881 – P. G. Wodehouse, British novelist (d. 1975)
1905 – C. P. Snow, British writer (d. 1980)
1920 – Mario Puzo, American novelist (d. 1999)
1923 – Italo Calvino, Italian writer (d. 1985)
1926 – Evan Hunter, American author (d. 2005)
1926 – Michel Foucault, French philosopher (d. 1984)
worth reading • from the Chronicle of Higher Education Other People’s Books: A personal library is an X-ray of the owner’s soul
found books • Rare 1934 Man Ray Book found in dump outside of Vancouver, BC.
money mad • East Brisbane tax accountant recommends book lust as a sound investment.
worth reading • from the Guardian – Aida Edemariam goes in search of this Christmas’s bestseller.
something new • also from the Guardian – Paul Bailey on Italian crime writer Andrea Camilleri.