1601 – Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome.
1886 – Hugh Lofting, creator of the children’s Dr. Doolittle series, is born, Maidenhead, Berkshire. (d.1947)
1894 – After his last voyage as a mariner, Joseph Conrad returns to London & finishes the manuscript of a tale he has been writing for five years. Almayer’s Folly, his first novel, is published the following year.
1896 – John Dos Passos, is born out of wedlock in Chicago. An integral part of the Lost Generation crowd in Paris in the 20s. His increasing fascism estranged him from most of his associates, including Hemingway. (d.1970)
1925 – Novelist/playwright Yukio Mishima is born, Tokyo, Japan, into a samurai family. Right-wing gay novelist who put the finishing touches to his The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, committing suicide a few hours later. (d.1970)
1941 – Picasso begins writing his play Desire Caught by the Tail, finishing in three days.