Nov. 3: William Makepeace Thakeray completes his opus Barry Lyndon on this day in 1844.

Nov. 4: T.S. Eliot, born in St. Louis, Missouri, wins the Nobel Prize in Literature on this day in 1948, most well known for his collection The Waste Land.

Nov. 5: Willa Cather begins contributing to the Nebraska State Journal on this day in 1893 and paid $1 per column.

Nov. 6: On this day in 1315, Dante Alighiere is sentenced to death by Florence for refusing to pay a fine and serve two years in exile after being found guilty of fraud.

Nov. 7: Poet Robert Frost, then 20 years old, wanders through the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia on this day in 1894 hoping to let nature take its course after he is left broken-hearted by a girlfriend who rejected his poems for her.

Nov. 8: Margaret Mitchell, who preferred to be known by her married name Peggy Marsh, was born on this day in 1900. She was a journalist and a reluctant author, but will be forever associated with the literary character she created, Scarlett O’Hara.

Nov. 9: Swedish author Stieg Larsson dies suddenly at the age of 50 after a heart attack. He had turned in the manuscripts for his three crime thrillers which begins with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo just months before. He does not live to see the worldwide phenomenon of the Millennium Trilogy.

Nov. 10: Finding the book unsuitable for school children, 36 copies of Slaughterhouse-Five is burned on this day in 1973 in Drake, North Dakota after the school board condemns Kurt Vonnegut’s novel as “obscene.”


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