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1728 – Henry Fielding’s first play, Love in Several Masques, was performed at Drury Lane.
1741 – Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle.
1751 – Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is published anonymously.
1831 – Nikolai Leskov, Russian writer (d. 1895)
1838 – Henry Adams, American historian and novelist (d. 1918)
1883 – the Ladies Home Journal began publication.
1886 – Van Wyck Brooks, the American literary critic and cultural historian (d 1963)
1944 – American novelist
1954 – Iain Banks, Scottish author
1968 – Warren Ellis, British comic book writer

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