1660 – John Bunyan arrested for preaching without a license.
1919 – William Faulkner poem Cathay is printed in The Mississippian.
1920 – George Bernard Shaw play Heartbreak House premiers, NY.
1929 – German novelist Thomas Mann receives the Nobel Prize for literature
1956 – Vladimir Nabokov completes the afterward to his novel Lolita.
1936 – Nobel Prize for literature is awarded to American author Eugene O’Neill.
1815 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminist is born (1902) With Susan B. Anthony & Matilda Joslyn Gage she compiles first three volumes of History of Woman Suffrage.
1915 – Roland Barthes, French critic and writer (d. 1980)
1929 – Michael Ende, German writer (d. 1995)
1945 – Tracy Kidder is born author of House and Among Schoolchildren
cool tool • My best guess for the next piece of software Google buys is Campfire, a self-contained, password-protected web-based chatroom that allows groups of up to 30 people to chat and easily share files together. No instant messaging software is required all that’s required is a web browse. So far I have no one to chat with in the Bullpen Chatroom, but it’s quite idiot proof so there is always hope.
banktoaster • speaking of lovecraft, my buddy Smokestack has been recording free downloadable audiobooks of public domain titles for Librivox, this is his newest one The Tomb by Lovecraft.
Here is a list of his other recordings.
obit of note • Sci fi author Jack Williamson at 98, remembered as grand master of science fiction for his dozens of novels and short stories.