Calendar of Literary Facts

Literary Facts - February 11

1778: Voltaire returns to Paris after being exiled for 28 years. (Explore: Voltaire)

1917: Sidney Sheldon is born. (Explore: Bloodline, If Tomorrow Comes, Tell Me Your Dreams)

1937: Maryse Conde is born. (Explore: I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, Maryse Condé, Maryse Boucolon)

1940: John Buchan dies. (Explore: The Thirty-nine Steps, John Buchan)

1963: Sylvia Plath dies. (Explore: The Bell Jar, Lady Lazarus, Sylvia Plath)

1981: Ketti Frings dies

1986: Frank Herbert dies. (Explore: Soul Catcher, Dune, Frank Herbert)

1990: South African Black Nationalist Nelson Mandela is freed from prison after 27 years of confinement. (Explore: Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela: A Biography, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela)