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July 26 — Playwright George Bernard Shaw is Born

Playwright George Bernard Shaw
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Playwright George Bernard Shaw
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Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin, Ireland, on this day in 1856. Shaw is possibly most famous for his play Pygmalion, which was adapted into the stage musical My Fair Lady in 1956. Shaw wrote over sixty plays, becoming the leading dramatist of his generation and winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.

July 27 — Italian Poet Giosuè Carducci is Born

Giosuè Carducci
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Giosuè Carducci
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Italian poet and writer Giosuè was born in Tuscany, Italy, on this day in 1835. Carducci is best known for his poetry, being regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy. In 1906, he was the first Italian to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

July 28 — Author and Illustrator Beatrix Potter is Born

Beatrix Potter's Illustrations
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Beatrix Potter’s Illustrations
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English author and illustrator Helen Beatrix Potter, known as Beatrix Potter, was born in Lancashire, England, on this day in 1866. Potter is best known as the writer and illustrator of the beloved children’s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

July 29 — Writer Chester Himes is Born

Chester B. Himes
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Chester B. Himes
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Writer Chester Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, on this day in 1909. Best known for his works If He Hollers Let Him Go and the Harlem Detective series, Himes emigrated to France in the 1950s. In 1958, he won France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.

July 30 — Novelist Emily Brontë is Born

Emily Brontë
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Emily Brontë
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Novelist and poet Emily Brontë was born in Thornton, England, on this day in 1818. Brontë was best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, a classic of English literature. Brontë died of tuberculosis at the age of 30.

July 31 — Harry Potter is Born

Harry Potter
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Harry Potter
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Literary character of the series of the same name created by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter is born on this day in 1980. Rowling created the character of Harry Potter in the early 1990s with massive success globally for the series. This year is Harry Potter’s 40th birthday.

August 1 — Novelist Herman Melville is Born

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Herman Melville
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Novelist and poet Herman Melville was born in New York City, New York, on this day in 1819. Melville was alive during the American Renaissance period and is best known for his novel, Moby-Dick, considered one of great American classic novels.


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