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April 19, 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:
  • Republic Day, Sierra Leone
  • Lord George Gordon Noel-Byron, Anglo-Scottish Romantic poet, dies today of malaria, 1824 (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; Don Juan)
  • Charles Darwin, English naturalist and evolutionary biologist, dies today, 1881 (On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex; The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals)
  • Theodor Herzl's pamphlet Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) is published today, 1896 (The Holy and the Profane; Old-New Land)
  • Astrophysicist Richard Muller and astronomers Marc Davis and Piet Hut present their "Nemesis" theory in Nature Magazine, 1984, postulating that every 26 to 30 million years, a red dwarf star triggers a sequence of ecological catastrophes
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  • Adrian Hardy Haworth (1768-1833), British botanist and entomologist (the genus Haworthia was created by Henri Duval in honor of Haworth, 1809)
  • Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795-1876), German naturalist, zoologist, geologist (Symbelae physicae). The "Ehrenberg Collection" at the Museum für Naturkunde includes 40,000 microscope preparations, 5,000 raw samples, pencil and ink drawings and letters of correspondence
  • Heinrich Maria von Hess (1798-1863), German painter (Portrait of Fanny Gail; Apollo among the Muses; Marchesa Marianna Florenzi)
  • José Echegaray Y Eizaguirre (Spain 1832-1916), 1904 Nobel Laureate in Literature (Spanish drama)
  • Andrea Bezzola (1840-1897), Swiss Romansh writer (15 chanzuns ladinas per coros virils)
  • Edward John Gregory (1850-1909), British illustrator and painter in oil and water colour (Boulter's Lock, Sunday Afternoon)
  • Riccardo Bacchelli (1891-1985), Italian novelist, short-story writer, dramatist, poet, critic, journalist, editor (The Mill On The Po; Nothing New under the Sun; The Son of Stalin)
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