Literary History Today Jan 26: Thomas Wolfe leaps

The North Carolina born writer decides not to go to Connecticut with his oh-so-patient editor Max Perkins.


This Week in Literary History: August 28 to September 5

August 28: On this day in 1929, the editing of Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel, a process he compares to putting a corset on an elephant.


This Week in Literary History: June 12 to June 19

June 12: In 1827, Johanna Spyri, creator of Heidi is born in Hirzel, Canton Zurich. For those who only knew the Hollywood version of Heidi in the form of Shirley Temple, may imagine it was all buttercups and meadows. The books are much darker as was Spyri’s life.


This Week in Literary History: May 8 to May 14

May 8th: On this day in 1899, the Irish Literary Theatre , the precursor to the Abbey Theatre, opens in Dublin with W.B. Yeat’s The Countess Cathleen.


This Week in Literary History: January 24-31

January 24: Edith Wharton is born to an old, distinguished New York family on this day in 1862.