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August 24, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Arna Bontemps Birthplace

TheMount Arno Bontemps was born in the city of Alexandria, Louisiana on October 13, 1902 to Charlie Bontemps and Marie Pembrooke Bontemps, a Louisiana Creole family. Bontemps was a prolific writer as well as a librarian. He received attention for his novels, God Sends Sunday (1931), and Black Thunder (1936). He also wrote the play St. Louis Woman (1946) with Countee Cullen. Through his authorship, librarianship and bibliographic work, Bontemps became a leading figure in establishing African-American literature as a legitimate object of study and preservation.

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  • Independence Day / День Незалежності in Ukraine, celebrating independence with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, (1991)
  • Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae in volcanic ash, 79 A.D.
  • Alaska becomes a United States territory, 1912
  • Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, NJ, in just over 19 hours, 1932
  • Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-born American psychiatrist and author of ground-breaking books on death and dying, dies at her home in Arizona, 2004
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  • Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British writer and caricaturist
  • Earl Derr Biggers (1884-1933), American writer, best known for his novels featuring Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan (The House Without a Key, The Chinese Parrot, The Black Camel, Charlie Chan Carries On)
  • Jean Rhys (1890-1979), Caribbean novelist (Voyage in the Dark, Wide Sargasso Sea, Sleep It Off Lady, Tales of the Wide Caribbean)
  • Orson Scott Card (b. 1951), prolific best-selling American writer (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Ender's Shadow, Lost Boys, Memory of Earth)
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