Welcome to your dose of literary trivia for Thursday.
Today marks the 237th anniversary of the originally publishing of Common Sense by Thomas Paine. It seems that common sense has become even less common in the last two centuries, but that is just the opinion of this blog writer.
Today is also the anniversary of one of the most popular European comic books ever being first published in Belgium. The Adventures of Tintin (recently made into a film) was first published in 1929.
Some of the writers born on this day include:
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797), Charles G.D. Roberts (1860), Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1883), Robinson Jeffers (1887), Maurice Collis (1889), Melchior Wańkowicz (1892), Pingali Lakshmikantam (1894), Philip Levine (1928), Peter Barnes (1931), Burnum Burnum (1936), Jared Carter (1939), David Horowitz (1939), William Levy (1939), Ernie Wasson (1950), Dennis Cooper (1953), Antonio Muñoz Molina (1956), and Mohammed Benzakour (1972).
On this day in 1862 Samuel Colt passed away. Samuel Colt was the founder of Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (now known as Colt’s Manufacturing Company), and made the mass-production of the revolver commercially viable for the first time.
The American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright Sinclair Lewis died. He was born in 1885.
Today’s highlighted title is the Puffin Modern Classic Lyddie by Katherine Paterson. This book is at times a required reading assigment. The story is about the impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen who is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.
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