Calendar of Literary Facts

Literary Facts - November 30

1554: Philip Sidney is born. (Explore: Astrophil and Stella, Sir Philip Sidney, The Poetry of Sidney)

1606: John Lyly dies. (Explore: Campaspe, John Lyly, Endymion, the Man in the Moon)

1667: Jonathan Swift is born. (Explore: Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub)

1817: Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen is born

1835: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (“Mark Twain”) is born. (Explore: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

1874: L. M. Montgomery is born. (Explore: L. M. Montgomery, Lucy Maud Montgomery)

1874: Winston Churchill is born

1900: Oscar Wilde dies. (Explore: An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde, The Poetry of Wilde)

1912: Gordon Parks is born. (Explore: The Learning Tree, A Choice of Weapons, Gordon Parks)

1935: Fernando Pessoa dies. (Explore: Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet, Message)

1941: Ron Arias is born

1947: David Mamet is born. (Explore: The Old Neighborhood, David Mamet, The Cabin: Reminiscence and Diversions)

1960: Tad Mosel’s drama All the Way Home is first performed. (Explore: Tad Mosel)

1977: Sir Terence Rattigan dies

1987: James Baldwin dies. (Explore: If Beale Street Could Talk, Sonny's Blues, James Baldwin)

1998: Margaret Walker dies. (Explore: Poppa Chicken, Margaret Walker, For My People)

2001: John Knowles dies. (Explore: A Separate Peace, John Knowles, Peace Breaks Out)