Calendar of Literary Facts

Literary Facts - August 30

1797: Mary Wollstonecraft (later Mary Shelley) is born. (Explore: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, What are some biblical allusions in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?)

1797: Gabriel Prosser’s abortive slave revolt is betrayed, leading to the execution of 40 slaves. (Explore: Explain the impact slave revolts had on attitudes toward slavery both for and...)

1811: Theophile Gautier is born. (Explore: Théophile Gautier, Mademoiselle de Maupin, One of Cleopatra's Nights, Enamels and Cameos)

1916: The crew of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is rescued after a year-and-a-half ordeal on frozen Elephant Island. (Explore: Explain the Endurance Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition.)

1935: Henri Barbusse dies. (Explore: Under Fire, Henri Barbusse, Do the descriptions of World War I differ substantially in the works of Henri...)

1985: Taylor Caldwell dies. (Explore: Captains and the Kings, Dear and Glorious Physician, Taylor Caldwell)