Thursday, March 22, 2018

Louis L'Amour, among the world's most popular writers, wrote of the American West

It is the birthday of writer Louis L'Amour (1908), whose tales of the American West have thrilled readers for generations. Scholars consider him one of the world's most popular writers. Though he was best known for his 89 novels and numerous short story collections, L'Amour also wrote two non-fiction works, Frontier (1984) and Education of a Wondering Man (1989), published after his death.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Norwegian poet Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House more performed than Shakespeare

It is the birthday of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828), who is considered one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. Ibsen's play A Doll's House (1879) is the most performed play in the world, beating out even Shakespeare's works for the distinction. The three-act drama concerns a woman who is leaving her husband to discover herself. Though it has become a favorite in feminist circles, Ibsen claimed no intention to write propaganda. He described his work as a "description of humanity."

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sir Richard Burton translated The Arabian Nights and The Kama Sutra into English

It is the birthday of British explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821), who may be best remembered for translating the Arabian Nights stories from Arabic and, with linguist Foster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot, the Indian love guides, the Kama Sutra (1883) and the Ananga Ranga (1895) from Sanskrit. Burton also explored East Africa and the Lake Tanganyika region and wrote Lake Regions of Equatorial Africa (1860).

Sunday, March 18, 2018

John Updike won the Pulitzer Prize for two of his famous Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom novels

It is the birthday of novelist John Updike (1932), whose series of novels about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom drew a picture of Protestant, middle class, small-town America. Four novels and a novella told the story of the angst-filled suburban life of a former high school basketball star in modern society. Updike won the Pulitzer Prize for each of the final two novels, Rabbit is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990). The others in the series were Rabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), and Rabbit Remembered (2001), a novella.

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