Last week’s literary history brought us a few literary birthdays and three literary deaths. Read more about this week in literary history.

Read more about this week in literary history.
Read more about this week in literary history.
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Last Week in Literature

June 1 – Helen Keller Dies

The week begins on a somber note with the death of Helen Keller. Keller was a deaf-blind activist, author, and lecturer whose ability to overcome the adversities in her life has made her an inspirational figure.

Keller published 12 books and multiple articles in her lifetime. Her most recognized literary works are The Story of My Life, The World I live In, and Out of the Dark.

June 2 – Thomas Hardy’s Birthday

Thomas Hardy brings our first literary birthday of the week. The famous poet and novelist was born June 2, 1840. In both his literary works, Hardy explores the daily life and struggles that came from living in Victorian England.

Some of his most famous novels include Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, and Far from the Madding Crowd.

June 3 – Franz Kafka Dies

Franz Kafka brings our second literary death of the week. Kafka was a novelist and short story writer whose works are highly impactful and influential to the world of literature. Some of Kafka’s most popular literary works include the famous short story, The Metamorphosis.

Here’s a great video that will help you understand the extent of Kafka’s literary influence:

June 4 – Jacques Roumain’s Birthday

Today brought us our second literary birthday of the week. Jacques Roumain was born June 4, 1907. The Haitian writer and politician had a massive influence in Haitian literature.

His works mainly center on the topics of the poor and oppressed people of Haiti. Among his most popular literary works are Oeuvres Complètes, Gouverneurs de la rosée, and Analyse schématique.

June 5 – Federico Garcia Lorca’s Birthday

Federico Garcia Lorca was our last literary birthday of the week. Garcia Lorca was born on June 5, 1898. The Spanish poet and playwright brought significant value to the world of literature and theatre with his works.

Some of his most famous literary works include La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Romancero Gitano, and Bodas de Sangre.

June 6 – Stephen Crane Dies

Stephen Crane died on June 6, 1900. The novelist, poet, and short story writer who wrote many great works of literature before his death. His literary works vary in style, alternating between Realism, Naturalism, and Impressionism.

Some of his most popular literary works include The Open Boat, War is Kind, and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets.

June 7- E. M. Forster Dies

This day brought our last literary death. E. M. Forster was a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Forster has an extensive collection of literary works that vary in format.

Some of his most notable novels include A Room with a View, A Passage to India, and The Longest Journey.


Which day of Last Week in Literature did you find most interesting?