Literature in History

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Historical Events

Nobel Prize

1907-12-10 Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature, the first English-language writer to do so

  • 1922-06-27 Newberry Medal 1st presented for kids literature (Hendrik Van Loon)
  • 1930-11-05 Nobel for literature awarded to Sinclair Lewis for "Babbitt"

Nobel Prize

1936-11-12 Nobel Prize for literature awarded to American playwright Eugene O'Neill

  • 1938-11-10 Nobel for literature awarded to Pearl Buck (Good Earth)
  • 1947-05-23 PC Hooft prize forms for literature

Nobel Prize

1948-11-04 American-born British poet T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature

Nobel Prize

1950-11-10 Nobel for literature awarded to William Faulkner

  • 1953-02-19 Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board

Nobel Prize

1954-10-28 Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Ernest Hemingway

Nobel Prize

1957-10-17 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Nobel Prize

1958-10-23 Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize

1962-10-25 American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

  • 1966-12-10 Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature

Nobel Prize

1970-10-08 Soviet author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

Nobel Prize

1971-10-21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

Nobel Prize

1976-10-21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

  • 1978-10-05 Isaac Bashevis Singer wins the Nobel Prize for literature
  • 1980-10-09 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czesław Miłosz
  • 1985-10-17 French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1987-10-22 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Joseph Brodsky
  • 1988-10-14 Naguib Mahfouz is the 1st Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • 1990-10-11 Mexican writer Octavio Paz is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature
  • 1992-10-08 Nobel Prize for literature is given to West Indies poet Derek Walcott

Nobel Prize

1993-10-07 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American writer Toni Morrison

  • 1994-10-13 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe
  • 1997-10-09 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo

Famous Birthdays

  • 1644-07-12 Arnold Moonen, Dutch vicar and linguist (David's holy saint graduals), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1711)
  • 1684-12-03 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg, founder of modern Danish and Norwegian literature, born in Bergen, Denmark-Norway (d. 1754)
  • 1756-09-07 Willem Bilderdijk, Dutch poet and literature (Disease of Scientists), born in Amsterdam (d. 1831)
  • 1807-04-01 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic
  • 1807-05-24 Cornelis Eliza van Koetsveld, Dutch writer and preacher, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1893)
  • 1813-06-18 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian (Zametsjatelnoje desjatileti), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1887)
  • 1841-04-26 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, born in Schönborn, Austrian Empire (d. 1886)
  • 1853-12-06 Hara Prasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature, born in Khulna, Bengal Presidency (d. 1931)
  • 1855-10-12 August Sauer, Austrian literature historian (Euphorion), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1926)
  • 1855-10-16 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian
  • 1859-01-13 Karl Bleibtreu, German author (Revolution of Literature)
  • 1865-05-15 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
  • 1871-06-17 Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer, literature historian and Prime Minister of Romania, born in Botoșani, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1940)
  • 1873-05-21 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • 1875-12-12 Desideer Stracke, Flemish jesuit and literature historian, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1970)
  • 1878-08-30 Paul Hazard [Paul-Gustave-Marie-Camille Hazard], French critic and literature historian, born in Nordpeene, France (d. 1944)
  • 1885-07-20 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian/critic
  • 1886-04-14 Ernst Robert Curtius, German literature historian, born in Thann, Haut-Rhin (d. 1956)
  • 1887-10-04 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1974)
  • 1892-07-15 Walter Benjamin, German literature critic/writer
  • 1897-04-29 Bernard Verhoeven, Dutch poet (Pleidooi near een non), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1899-06-19 George Călinescu, Romanian literature (Enigma Otilei), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1965)
  • 1900-11-30 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literature/art historian
  • 1902-01-25 Gerard Knuvelder, Dutch literature historian (Vocation, Kitty), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1906-10-02 John Humphreys Whitfield, British scholar of Italian language & literature, born in Wednesbury, England (d. 1995)
  • 1909-01-02 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 1909-04-16 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, born in Denderbelle (d. 1967)
  • 1909-09-16 Fernand Lodewick, literature historian (d. 1995)
  • 1915-06-05 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915-12-26 H. A. Gomperts, Dutch writer (Duck on Attic), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1916-03-11 Ezra Jack Keats, children's literature author (d. 1983)
  • 1917-09-18 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, born in Brummen, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1924-12-03 F. Sionil José, Filipino novelist (Rosales Saga) and Philippine National Artist for Literature, born in Rosales, Pangasinan, Philippine Islands
  • 1926-06-08 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature
  • 1941-03-23 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author

Famous Deaths

  • 1604-10-08 Janus Dousa [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician and poet, dies at 58
  • 1711-12-17 Arnold Moonen, Dutch vicar and linguist (Defeated German Spraekkunst), dies at 67
  • 1840-09-08 John Hendricus van de Palm, Dutch linguist and theologist, dies at 77
  • 1848-10-26 Vissarion Belinsky, Russian literary critic, dies at 36
  • 1854-11-26 Matthijs Siegenbeek, literature (Defeated German Spelling), dies
  • 1872-06-04 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • 1881-02-07 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73
  • 1886-08-06 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • 1887-03-08 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73 (b. 1813)
  • 1893-11-04 Cornelis Eliza van Koetsveld, Dutch writer and preacher, dies at 86
  • 1918-05-27 Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80
  • 1926-09-17 August Sauer, Austrian literature historian (Euphorion), dies at 70
  • 1937-03-08 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion), dies at 71
  • 1940-09-27 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1943-10-01 Walter Brandligt, literature/resistance fighter, executed at 42
  • 1944-04-13 Paul Hazard, French critic and literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1944-11-27 Camille Looten, French-Flemish priest and literature historian, dies at 86
  • 1951-09-24 Georges Rency, Belgian poet and literature, dies at 75
  • 1953-08-17 Johannes Tielrooy, Dutch literary professor (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • 1953-09-17 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, dies at 80
  • 1953-10-18 Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), dies at 57
  • 1954-03-06 Jan Kalf, Dutch art historian and literary scholar (Monument Conservation), dies at 80
  • 1956-04-19 Ernst Robert Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • 1959-04-08 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies
  • 1967-11-12 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, dies at 58
  • 1970-02-18 Desideer Stracke, Flemish jesuit and literature historian, dies at 94
  • 1982-06-29 Gerard Knuvelder, Dutch literary historian (Anthology), dies at 80
  • 1985-07-05 Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
  • 1995-03-19 Fernand Lodewick, literature historian (Literature), dies at 85