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April 18, 2015

Literary Landmarks: Henry James

Henry James House Lamb House is an 18th-century house situated in Rye, East Sussex, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. The American novelist Henry James discovered Rye and Lamb House quite by chance whilst visiting an architect friend. He was enchanted by the house and delighted when the chance came to lease it in 1897 and purchase it two years later. James wrote three of his novels here, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl. He wrote in the garden room, a self-contained building next to the house built in 1743 as a separate banqueting room and destroyed in 1940 during a bombing raid. After James's death Lamb House became the residence of author E.F. Benson

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On This Day:
  • Eire (southern Ireland) proclaims itself the Republic of Ireland, 1949
  • Zimbabwe Independence Day (Southern Rhodesia breaks from UK), 1980
  • The first issue of L'Humanité, the daily newspaper of the General Confederation of the Labour Party in France, is published, 1904
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc. publishes the first crossword puzzle book (The Crossword-Puzzle Book), 1924. It came with a pencil attached
  • Albert Einstein, German-American physicist, humanitarian, and Nobel Laureate, dies on this day, 1955
  • Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian archaeologist and explorer (famous for his Kon-Tiki raft expedition), dies on this day, 2002
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Abraham Bredius (1855-1946), Dutch art historian and collector, specializing in 17th-century art and Rembrandt
  • Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916), American journalist, writer (The Amateur; Billy and the Big Stick; Captain Macklin; In The Fog)
  • Max Weber (1881-1961), Russian-American Modernist painter (Two Women in a Landscape; Deserted Farm; The Workers)
  • Anton F Pieck (1895-1987), Dutch painter, illustrator (De Sprookjes van Grimm)
  • Stephen Longstreet (1907-2002), American writer (Eagles Where I Walk; War Cries on Horseback; Win or Lose; City on Two Rivers)
  • Joseph L. Goldstein (USA b. 1940), 1985 Nobel Laureate in Medicine (cholesterol metabolism)
  • George H. Hitchings (USA b. 1940), 1988 Nobel Laureate in Medicine (drug treatment)
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