Calendar of Literary Facts

Literary Facts - May 15

1856: L. Frank Baum is born. (Explore: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, L. Frank Baum)

1886: Emily Dickinson dies. (Explore: A Narrow Fellow in the Grass, Because I could not stop for Death—, Emily Dickinson, Compare and contrast Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.)

1891: Pope Leo XIII issues a landmark social-justice encyclical, Rerum Novarum. (Explore: Rerum Novarum)

1911: Max Frisch is born. (Explore: Homo Faber, The Firebugs, Max Frisch)

1926: Peter Shaffer is born. (Explore: Equus, Amadeus, Peter Shaffer)

1930: Joseph F. Girzone is born. (Explore: Who is Joseph F. Girzone, and what has he contributed to American literature?)

1936: Paul Zindel is born. (Explore: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, The Pigman, Paul Zindel)

1998: John Hawkes dies. (Explore: The Lime Twig, The Cannibal, John Hawkes)