Posted on November 1, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of November 1, 2020.
Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871): Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage brought him wide praise, despite his lack of military service; he decided to work as a war correspondent to lend more authenticity to his writing, and a naval disaster he survived during that quest led him to write his greatest short story, “The Open Boat.”
William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794): Bryant’s poem “Thanatopsis” brought not just fame to its author, but also legitimacy to American poetry abroad.
André Malraux (November 3, 1901): Malraux is best known internationally for La Condition Humaine (Man’s Fate) and was a significant literary influence on another famous French writer, Albert Camus.
Will Rogers (November 4, 1879): Rogers gained fame for his performances, but he also wrote a weekly column for the Saturday Evening Post and had two bestselling books: The Cowboy Philosopher on Prohibition and There’s Not a Bathing Suit in Russia.
Albert Camus (November 7, 1913): Camus was just forty-four when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature; highlights of his career at that point included L’Étranger (The Stranger) and La Chute (The Fall).
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