Calendar of Literary Facts

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

Literary Facts - 1936

Eric Ambler publishes The Dark Frontier

John Dos Passos publishes The Big Money, the concluding volume in his “U.S.A.” trilogy

Jean M. Auel is born

Jacques Maritain publishes Humanisme integral: problemes temporels et spirituels d’une nouvelle chretienne (Integral Humanism: Temporal and Spiritual Problems of a New Christendom)

Dylan Thomas publishes Twenty-five Poems

Henry Miller publishes Black Spring

Arna Bontemps publishes Black Thunder

English publisher Allen Lane founds Penguin Books, instigating the “paperback revolution” in England

Ralph J. Bunche publishes A World View of Race

Karel Čapek publishes Valka s mloky (The War with the Newts)

Robert E. Sherwood’s drama Idiot’s Delight is first performed

Walter de la Mare publishes Ghost Stories

Eugene O’Neill receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

D’Arcy McNickle publishes The Surrounded

Ramón Sender publishes Mister Witt en el canton (Mr. Witt among the Rebels)

Luis Cernuda publishes La realidad y el deseo

Hitler and Mussolini agree to form the Rome-Berlin Axis

German forces occupy the Rhineland

The Spanish Civil War is fought; Nationalist forces aided by Germany and Italy defeat Loyalist forces aided by the Soviet Union

The first successful helicopter flight is conducted in a craft designed by Heinrich Focke

C. S. Lewis publishes The Allegory of Love

Harold Lenoir Davis receives the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Honey in the Horn

Robert P. Tristram Coffin receives the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Strange Holiness

Eyvind Johnson publishes Volume III of his tetralogy Romanem om Olaf, entitled Se dig inte om!

Ramón del Valle-Inclán dies (January 5)

Anne Rivers Siddons is born. (Explore: Homeplace, Hill Towns, The House Next Door) (January 9)

Frank Conroy is born. (Explore: Body and Soul, Frank Conroy, Stop-Time) (January 15)

Estela Portillo Trambley is born. (Explore: Estela Portillo Trambley) (January 16)

Rudyard Kipling dies. (Explore: The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling, The Poetry of Kipling) (January 18)

Virginia Hamilton is born. (Explore: Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush, Virginia Hamilton, In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World) (March 12)

Mario Vargas llosa is born. (Explore: The Time of the Hero, The Challenge, The Storyteller, Mario Vargas Llosa, In The Storyteller by Llosa, how do cultural beliefs and personal agendas develop how a person is?) (March 28)

Judith Guest is born. (Explore: Ordinary People, Judith Guest, Explain the sonnet from the opening of Judith Guest's Ordinary People.    ) (March 29)

Sharon Pollock is born. (Explore: Blood Relations, Sharon Pollock, Analyse the character of Sharon Pollock's title character in Walsh.) (April 19)

Bernard DeVoto publishes a scathing review of Thomas Wolfe’s The Story of a Novel which outrages the sensitive Wolfe and leads to his leaving his longtime editor, Maxwell Perkins. (Explore: Thomas Wolfe) (April 25)

A. E. Housman dies. (Explore: A. E. Housman, Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now, To an Athlete Dying Young, A Shropshire Lad, Summarize the poem "Loveliest of Trees" by A. E. Housman. ) (April 30)

Paul Zindel is born. (Explore: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, The Pigman, Paul Zindel) (May 15)

M. Scott Peck is born. (Explore: A Bed by the Window, The Road Less Traveled) (May 22)

Larry McMurtry is born. (Explore: By Sorrow's River, Larry McMurtry, Are McMurtry's modern novels as good as his historical western fiction?) (June 3)

G. K. Chesterton dies. (Explore: G. K. Chesterton, The Hammer of God, The Invisible Man) (June 14)

Richard Bach is born. (Explore: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, One, Richard Bach) (June 23)

Lucille Clifton is born. (Explore: Lucille Clifton, The Poetry of Lucille Clifton, The lost baby poem) (June 27)

Margaret Mitchell publishes Gone With the Wind. (Explore: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell, What's the summary of each part in Gone with the Wind novel?) (June 30)

June Jordan is born. (Explore: His Own Where, June Jordan, Naming Our Destiny, Poem About My Rights) (July 9)

Alistair MacLeod is born. (Explore: Alistair MacLeod, As Birds Bring Forth the Sun, Island: The Complete Stories) (July 20)

Mourning Dove dies. (Explore: Mourning Dove) (August 8)

American athlete Jesse Owens, a black man, wins four gold medals at the summer Olympic games in Berlin—a bitter pill for Adolf Hitler, who had earlier boasted of the inherent superiority of the “Aryan race”. (Explore: Jesse Owens, Adolf Hitler, Jesse Owens: An American Life) (August 9)

Andre Dubus is born. (Explore: The Fat Girl, Andre Dubus, Killings) (August 11)

Grazia Deledda dies. (Explore: The Mother, Grazia Deledda) (August 16)

Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin is born (August 17)

Federico García Lorca dies. (Explore: The House of Bernarda Alba, Federico García Lorca, The Poetical Works of Federico García Lorca) (August 19)

A. S. Byatt is born. (Explore: Possession, Babel Tower, A. S. Byatt, Angels and Insects) (August 24)

Vaclav Havel is born (October 5)

C. K. Williams is born. (Explore: C. K. Williams, Flesh and Blood, With Ignorance) (November 4)

Don Delillo is born. (Explore: The Body Artist, Don DeLillo, Falling Man) (November 20)

Manlio Argueta is born. (Explore: One Day of Life, Manlio Argueta) (November 24)

Alfred Uhry is born. (Explore: Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Alfred Uhry) (December 3)

Lewis Nkosi is born (December 5)

Luigi Pirandello dies. (Explore: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello, War) (December 10)

Edna O’Brien is born. (Explore: The Country Girls Trilogy, Night, Edna O'Brien) (December 15)

David Caute is born. (Explore: The Great Fear) (December 16)

Clarence Major is born. (Explore: My Amputations, Painted Turtle, Reflex and Bone Structure, Clarence Major) (December 31)

Miguel de Unamuno dies. (Explore: Saint Emmanuel the Good, Martyr, The Madness of Doctor Montarco, Miguel de Unamuno) (December 31)