1490 – Joanot Martorell’s book Tirant lo Blanc is published for the first time.
1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick was in part inspired by this story).
1875 – Henry James publishes his first novel, Roderick Hudson.
1906 – George Bernard Shaws Doctor’s Dilemma, premieres in London
1934 – Lillian Hellman’s Children’s Hour, premieres in New York City
1752 –Thomas Chatterton English poet and forger of pseudo-medieval poetry is born (d.1770)
1858 – Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish author, Nobel laureate (d. 1940)
1916 –Thomas McGrath American poet is born (d.1990)
1918 – Madeleine L’Engle American writer is born.
1923 – South African writer, Nobel laureate
1936 – Don Delillo is born
well worth reading • Jeremy @ Philobiblios blog has his ABAA Boston Book Fair Post up.
something new • the Guardian gives us an appreciation of Letters of E B White revised and updated and reprinted next month.
banktoaster • you gotta see this . . . the UK National Tourist Office recently put together an interactive Web map of hundreds of children’s storybook locations: Storybookengland.com