02-08-2009 08:51 AM
February 8, 1819
February 8, 1850
Kate Chopin is born in St. Louis, Missouri. Chopin was the mother of six children and it was her obstetrician who persuaded her to begin writing as a form of therapy.
February 8, 1926
Neal Cassady is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please see February 4, 1968 entry for more info. “Comin', comin', comin' around, comin' around, in a circle”
02-09-2009 06:05 AM
February 9, 1940
J.M. Coetzee is born in Cape Town. Fellow South African author, Rian Malan, described Coetzee as "a man of almost monkish self-discipline and dedication. He does not drink, smoke or eat meat. He cycles vast distances to keep fit and spends at least an hour at his writing-desk each morning, seven days a week. A colleague who has worked with him for more than a decade claims to have seen him laugh just once."
February 9 1944
Alice Walker, author of the Color Purple, is born in Eatonton, GA. Walker's influential article on Zora Neale Hurston posthumously resurrected the author's writings. Walker also helped to pay for a gravestone for Hurston's once unmarked plot.
02-10-2009 08:28 AM
February 10, 1775
Charles Lamb, English author, is born. Charles and his sister Mary coauthored the ever popular, Tales from Shakespeare. Both the Lambs suffered from depression and Mary's illness would eventually lead her to kill her own mother. For more information on the fascinating Lamb siblings, please see Susan Tyler Hitchcock's Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London.
February 10, 1837
Alexander Pushkin, Russian author, succumbs to his wounds after dueling with his wife's purported lover.
February 10, 1957
02-11-2009 08:08 AM
February 11, 1915
Patrick Leigh Fermor, British travel writer, is born. During W.W. II, Fermor was instrumental in capturing German General Heinrich Kreipe during the Battle of Crete. This heroic episode was made into the film, Ill Met By Moonlight starring Dirk Bogarde as Fermor.
February 11, 1917
February 11, 1963
Sylvia Plath commits suicide. Plath was awarded the Pulitzer Prize 19 years after her death.
February 11, 2006
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February 12, 1861
February 12, 1938
Judy Blume is born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Blume's novels are among the most banned children's books in the United States.
February 12, 1968
Christopher McCandless, the subject of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, is born.
02-13-2009 07:59 AM
February 13, 1903
February 15, 1950
Rafael Sabatini, Italian adventure author, dies in Switzerland. Sabatini's headstone quotes the first line of his famous novel, Scaramouche; "He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad."
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February 14, 1856
February 14, 1975
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February 15, 1883
Sax Rohmer, creator of Dr. Fu Manchu, is born. Rohmer died in 1959 after contracting the “Asian Flu”.
February 15, 1937
Gregory Mcdonald, creator of the Fletch Series, is born in Massachusetts. Mcdonald, like his famous leading man, was at one time a journalist.
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February 16, 1944
Richard Ford is born in Jackson, Mississippi. Ford, the author of 6 novels and 4 short story collections, is dyslexic.
February 16, 1959
Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba. For an adventure soaked, alternative view of history, look no further than Lawrence Block's Killing Castro.