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

From Paine to Beecher Stowe: Last Week in Literature
From Paine to Beecher Stowe: Last Week in Literature.
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Last Week in Literature

June 8 – Thomas Paine Dies

The week began with the death of Thomas Paine on June 8, 1809. Paine was a writer, pamphleteer, and political activist during the American Revolution.

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.

– Thomas Paine

His literary works are so influential that he has been called “The Father of the American Revolution.” Some of his most influential literary works include The Age of Reason, Rights of Man, and Common Sense.

June 9 – Charles Dickens Dies

Our second death of the week, Charles Dickens, died on June 9, 1870. Dickens was an English writer who wrote a great variety of well-loved literary classics.

His influence has made him one of the most important writers of his time. Some of his most famous literary works include Hard Times, A Christmas Carol, and Great Expectations.

June 10 – Louis L’Amour Dies

Our last literary death of the week, Louis L’Amour, died June 10, 1988. This American writer wrote a variety of novels, short stories, and poetry. L’Amour wrote over 100 works on literature in his lifetime.

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.

– Louis L’Amour

L’Amour’s writing focused in the western, science-fiction, and non-fiction genres. Some of his most popular novels include Sackett, Last of the Breed, and The Walking Drum.

June 11 – Ben Jonson’s Birthday

This day brought us our first literary birthday of the week. Ben Jonson was born on June 11, 1572. Jonson was a British playwright and poet.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

– Ben Jonson

His literary works reflect the perspectives of the English Renaissance and brought Jonson a great reputation. Some of his literary works include The Isle of Dogs, Every Man is His Humour, and A Tale of a Tub.

June 12 – Anne Frank’s Birthday

This day brought us the second birthday of the week. Anne Frank was born June 12, 1929.

The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!

– Anne Frank

Frank, a German-Dutch teen of Jewish origin, is one of the most well-known victims of the Holocaust. She is widely recognized for the diary she kept while hiding from German officials, The Diary of a Young Girl.

June 13 – William Butler Yeats’ Birthday

Bringing our third birthday of the week, William Butler Yeats was born June 13, 1865. Yeats was an Irish author and poet who served as a prominent figure of 20th century literature. His literary prowess even earned him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923.

Some of his most popular literary works include The Second Coming, The Fisherman, and Beggar to Beggar Cried.

June 14 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Birthday

The week comes to close with the literary birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stowe was born June 14, 1811. The writer and abolitionist is known for her literary works, namely her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Common sense is seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be.

– Harriet Beecher Stowe

Other literary works of Stowe’s include Pink and White Tyranny, A New England Sketchbook, and The Christian Slave.


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