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October 25, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables

TheMount The House of the Seven Gables was built by a Salem sea captain and merchant named John Turner in 1668 and occupied by three generations of the Turner family before being sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. An active captain during the Great Age of Sail, Ingersoll died at sea leaving the property to his daughter Susanna, a cousin of famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne's visits to his cousin's home are credited with inspiring the setting and title of his 1851 novel The House of the Seven Gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace is now on the same grounds.

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On This Day:
  • Giavanni Cassini discovers Saturn's moon, Lapetus, (known for its perpetually light and dark faces),1671
  • Atomic bomb victim Sadako Sasaki, focus of the story of One Thousand Paper Cranes, dies of leukemia, 1955
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is jailed in Georgia, denied bail and sentenced to four months hard labor for old unpaid traffic tickets, 1960
  • Actor Frank Puglia (Black Orchid, The Jungle Book), dies at 83, 1975
  • American author, John Steinbeck (Tortilla Flat-1935, Of Mice and Men-1937, The Grapes of Wrath-1939), is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception", 1962
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Today's Birthdays:

  • [Henri] Benjamin Constant [de Rebecque] (1767-1830), Swiss-born French writer and statesman, whose Adolphe (1815) was important in the development of the psychological novel
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), English poet and historian
  • Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899), Austrian composer, known as "The Waltz King"
  • John Heisman (1869-1936), pioneering American football coach, trophy namesake
  • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter and sculptor, founder of the Cubist School
  • Nell Shipman (1892-1970), Canadian actress and director, silent films pioneer, one of the first women ever to direct her own films and establish her own production company
  • Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998), American historian and constitutional scholar
  • John Berryman (1914-1972), American poet
  • Tommy Prince (1915-1977), aboriginal Canadian, one of the most decorated soldiers of WW2, "Chief" of "Devil's Brigade", 1st Special Service Force (1st SSF)
  • Harold Brodkey (1930-1996), American novelist
  • Anne Tyler (b. 1941), American short-story writer and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist
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