Posted on 06/28/2020 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of June 28, 2020.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712): Rousseau’s philosophical works — including A Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, and The Social Contract — and his novels inspired the leaders of the French Revolution and the Romantic generation.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (June 29, 1900): Saint-Exupery is, of course, beloved for The Little Prince — one of the bestselling books of all time — but his novel Night Flight and memoir, Wind, Sand and Stars, both received literary awards.
George Sand (July 1, 1804): Sand’s novel Indiana — about a woman who abandons a conventional but unhappy marriage for love — brought her immediate fame, while her so-called “rustic” novels like The Devil’s Pool, set in the countryside where she grew up, cemented her legacy.
Tom Stoppard (July 2, 1937): Stoppard has won the Tony Award for several plays, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Thing, Travesties, and the trilogy The Coast of Utopia.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 4, 1804): Hawthorne’s emotions about his ancestor William Hathorne, a key player in the Salem witchcraft trials, can be clearly seen in the novels for which he earned the most acclaim, The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables (and in the fact that the author changed the spelling of his last name).