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March Literary Anniversaries

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on February 22, 2017
This article was updated on April 19, 2017

Births


20 March, 43 AD | Ovid Roman
Author and poet, wrote Metamorphoses


Mar 6, 1619 | Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac
Dramatist, satirist, author of Cyrano de Bergerac


Mar 4, 1743 | Johann David Wyss
Swiss folklorist, author of Swiss Family Robinson

Mar 30, 1820 | Anna Sewell
Novelist. Author of Black Beauty


Mar 20, 1828 | Henrik Ibsen
Playwright and poet, "father of realism"


Mar 15, 1830 | Paul von Heyse
Writer and translator, Nobel prize for literature in 1910


Mar 16, 1839 | Sully Prudhomme
Poet, Nobel prizewinner (literature, 1801)


Mar 5, 1840 | Constance Fenimore
Woolson Novelist, short story writer, and poet


Mar 10, 1842 | Ina Donna Coolbrith
Poet, first California poet laureate


Mar 26, 1850 | Edward Bellamy
Novelist, socialist. Best known for Looking Backward


Mar 15, 1852 | Lady Augusta Gergory
Playwright, poet, translator (Patron to W.B. Yeats)


Mar 8, 1859 | Kenneth Grahame
Essayist, writer of children's stories. Author of The Wind in the Willows


Mar 26, 1859 | Alfred Edward Housman
Classical scholar and poet


Mar 26, 1874 | Robert Frost
Poet, beautiful depictions of rural life


Mar 6, 1885 | Ring Lardner Sr.
Satirist, columnist, author of Gullible's Travels


Mar 9, 1892 | Vita Sackville-West
English poet, novelist.


Mar 18, 1893 | Wilfred Owen
English poet, First World War


Mar 8, 1899 | Eric Linklater
Poet, novelist, and historian


Mar 2, 1904 | Dr. Seuss
Children's writer, poet


Mar 22, 1909 | Gabrielle Roy
French Canadian, author of Children of My Heart


Mar 13, 1911 | L. Ron Hubbard
Novelist, founder of Church of Scientology


Mar 26, 1911 | Tennessee Williams
Author, best known for A Streetcar Named Desire


Mar 12, 1912 | Kylie Tennant
Novelist, short story writer, literary critic


Mar 29, 1915 | Helen Yglesias
Novelist and short story writer


Mar 19, 1919 | Peter Abrahams
Key figure in South African literary heritage


Mar 12, 1922 | Jack Kerouac
Novelist and poet, author of On the Road


Mar 7, 1924 | Abe Kobo
Japanese playwright, novelist, and inventor. Author of Woman in the Dunes


Mar 25, 1925 | Flannery O'Connor
American novelist and short story writer


Mar 3, 1926 | James Merrill
Pulitzer prizewinning poet


Mar 6, 2017 | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Latin American writer and journalist


Mar 11, 1952 | Douglas Adams
English author, writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Mar 17, 1926 | Siegfried Lenz
Novelist, dramatist, short story writer. Awarded Goethe prize in 2000


Mar 18, 1932 | John Updike
Author of The Rabbit Series and The Witches of Eastwick


Mar 28, 1936 | Mario Vargas Llosa
Writer, politician, essayist. Won Nobel prize for Literature in 2010


Mar 20, 1937 | Lois Lowry
Children's author, best known for The Giver


Mar 5, 1939 | Charles H Fuller, Jr
Pulitzer prizewinning playwright, author of A Soldier's Play


Mar 25, 1939 | Toni Cade Bambara
African-American author, documentarian, and social activist


Mar 23, 1942 | Ama Ata Aidoo
Ghanaian poet, author, playwright


Deaths


Mar 7, 1967 | Alice B Toklas
American member of Paris avante-garde. Life partner and editor to Gertrude Stein


Mar 8, 1941 | Sherwood Anderson
Novelist, short story writer


Mar 10, 1948 | Zelda Fitzgerald
Socialite, novelist


Mar 27, 2012 | Adrienne Rich
American poet, essayist and radical feminist


Notable Literary Anniversaries


Mar 3, 1873 | Comstock Law
Law made it illegal to send "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through mail system


Mar 4, 1881 | A Study in Scarlet
First of the Sherlock Holmes stories published


Mar 8, 2017 | International Women's Day


Mar 15, 2017 | Tsar Nicolas II's abdication
February Revolution leads to the abdication of Tsar Nicolas II


Mar 16, 1850 | Scarlet Letter published
Considered Hawthorne's masterpiece


Mar 20, 1852 | Uncle Tom's Cabin published
Bestselling novel of the 19th century, laid groundwork for civil war


Mar 26, 1484 | Aesop's Fables Translation
William Caxton printed the first English translation of Aesop's Fables


Mar 31, 1836 | The Pickwick Papers (first publication of first installment)
Dickens' first novel publishes

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