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February Literary Anniversaries

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on January 26, 2017
This article was updated on April 4, 2017


Feb 1, 1902 | Langston Hughes
Leader of jazz poetry and the Harlem Renaissance.

Feb 2, 1882 | James Joyce
Author of Ulysses, and Dubliners.

Feb 3, 1874 | Gertrude Stein
American author and poet best known for her modernist writings, extensive art collecting and literary salon in 1920s Paris.

Feb 7, 1867 | Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author of A Little House on the Prairie series

Feb 7, 1812 | Charles Dickens
Classic author of Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

Feb 8, 1828 | Jules Verne
Author of adventure novels including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Feb 8, 1955 | John Grisham
American bestselling writer, attorney, politician, and activist best known for his popular legal thrillers.

Feb 8, 1850 | Kate Chopin
Author of short stories and novels. She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century of Southern or Catholic background.

Feb 9, 2016 | Alice Walker
American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. Author of The Color Purple.

Feb 11, 1946 | Mario Prata
Brazilian writer.

Feb 12, 1809 | Charles Darwin
English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.

Feb 12, 1938 | Judy Blume
American writer known for children's and young adult fiction. Author of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Feb 13, 1903 | Georges Simenon Simenon
Best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret.

Feb 17, 1941 | Fernando Gabeira
Famous Brazilian journalist and writer.

Feb 18, 1934 | Audre Lorde
African American writer, feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist.

Feb 18, 1931 | Toni Morrison
Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Beloved and A Mercy.

Feb 21, 1903 | Anaïs Nin
Author of novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica.

Feb 21, 1907 | W.H. Auden
Acclaimed poet and anti-war socialist.

Feb 22, 1900 | Seán Ó Faoláin
Irish short story writer. He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1986.

Feb 23, 1633 | Samuel Pepys
Administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament who is most famous for the diary that he kept.

Feb 24, 1786 | Wilhelm Grimm
A German philologist and folklorist. One of The Brothers Grimm.

Feb 25, 1917 | Anthony Burgess
Author of A Clockwork Orange.

Feb 26, 1918 | Theodore Sturgeon
Considered one of the most influential writers of the so-called "Golden Age" of science fiction.

Feb 26, 1802 | Victor Hugo
Author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Feb 27, 1902 | John Steinbeck
Nobel Prize in Literature, author of The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.

Feb 27, 1880 | Angelina Weld Grimké
American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance.

Feb 28, 1553 | Michel de Montaigne
One of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre.


Feb 4, 2004 | Hilda Hilst
Famous Braziian Writer.

Feb 6, 1962 | Cândido Portinari
Famous Brazilian Expressionist Painter.

Feb 8, 1998 | Halldor Laxness
Nobel Prize winner.

Feb 9, 1957 | Laura Ingalls
Wilder Author of A Little House on the Prairie series.

Feb 9, 1881 | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Author of Crime and Punishment.

Feb 25, 1996 | Caio Fernando Abreu
Famous Brazilian Writer.

Notable Literary Anniversaries

February | Black History Month
An annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Feb 2, 1922 | Ulysses, by James Joyce, first published.

Feb 11, 1990 | Nelson Mandela released from prison.

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