Calendar of Literary Facts

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

Literary Facts - May 22

1527: Niccolò Machiavelli dies. (Explore: The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli, The Mandrake, Who was Niccolo Machiavelli? Why was he so important?  , What Does The Term Machiavellian Mean?)

1859: Arthur Conan Doyle is born. (Explore: The Red-Headed League, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lost World, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Best of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, What is a short summary of "The Crooked Man" by Arthur Conan Doyle?)

1885: Victor Hugo dies. (Explore: Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo, The Toilers of the Sea, What are the themes in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo?)

1927: Peter Matthiessen is born. (Explore: Far Tortuga, Killing Mister Watson, Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard)

1934: Garry Wills is born. (Explore: A Necessary Evil)

1936: M. Scott Peck is born. (Explore: A Bed by the Window, The Road Less Traveled)

1940: The Auschwitz concentration camp is established in Poland. (Explore: What was the Auschwitz concentration camp?)

1948: Claude McKay dies. (Explore: Home to Harlem, Claude McKay, Discuss the sonnet format of the "Outcast" by Claude McKay. )

1967: Langston Hughes dies. (Explore: Harlem, Dream Variations, Langston Hughes, Thank You, M'am, What literary elements does Langston Hughes frequently use?)

1972: C. Day Lewis dies. (Explore: C. Day Lewis, The Complete Poems of C. Day Lewis, In the poem "The Ecstactic" by C D Lewis what is the metaphor that runs in the last stanza?)