Last week, we recognized three literary birthdays, two holidays, one literary death, and even the publishing of a famous novel.
Last Week In Literature
May 11 – Douglas Adams dies.
Last week began on a sad note. This day saw the passing of Douglas Adams in 2001.
The writer of the popular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series was 49 years-old.
May 12 – National Limerick Day.
This day celebrated Edward Lear’s birthday in 1812.
Lear is most famous for literary works as an artist, illustrator, author, and poet.
This day also celebrates the limerick poem, which Lear made popular. The holiday was first established in 1984.
May 13 – Charles Baxter is born.
This day offered us a literary birthday. Charles Baxter was born in 1947.
The award-winning writer is a famous novelist, essayist, and poet. Baxter has published over 20 works so far.
May 14 – Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” is published.
May 14 saw the publishing of Virginia Woolf‘s Mrs. Dalloway in 1925. This novel details the day in the life of a woman, Clarissa Dalloway, as she plans her day.
This novel is one of Woolf’s most famous works.
May 15 – L. Front Baum is born.
On this day, we had another literary birthday. L. Front Baum was born on May 15, 1856.
Baum is a famous writer known for his best-selling children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
After this massive success, Baum went on to write 26 more books. Many of these are sequels to Oz.
May 16 – Adrienne Rich is born.
This day offered the third literary birthday of the week. Adrienne Rich was born on May 16, 1929.
Rich was an American poet and essayist known for her feminist works. She also helped to shine a light on many issues of sexuality, identity, and motherhood.
May 17 – Galician Literature Day in Spain
With the second holiday of the week, we observed Galician Literature Day.
Established in 1963, this holiday is only observed in Spain. It celebrates Galician language and literature. It also celebrates the writers that contributed to the language.
Which day of Last Week in Literature did you find most interesting?