Calendar of Literary Facts

The Calendar of Literary Facts contains more than 6,500 events in literary history.

Literary Facts - August 1

1819: Herman Melville is born. (Explore: Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street, Herman Melville)

1903: Paul Horgan is born. (Explore: Whitewater, Paul Horgan, The Peach Stone)

1916: Anne Hebert is born. (Explore: In the Shadow of the Wind, Kamouraska, Anne Hébert)

1920: Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Society holds its national convention in New York. (Explore: Marcus Garvey)

1939: Robert James Waller is born. (Explore: The Bridges of Madison County, Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend)

1957: Sholem Asch dies. (Explore: The Apostle, The Nazarene, Sholem Asch)

1963: Theodore Roethke dies. (Explore: Dolor, My Papa's Waltz, Theodore Roethke)

1981: Sidney (“Paddy”) Chayefsky dies. (Explore: Paddy Chayefsky)

2000: Stanley Kunitz is appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, for a term beginning in October, 2000. (Explore: The War Against the Trees, Father and Son, Stanley Kunitz)