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April 20, 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:
  • Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, a "she-tragedy" play depicting Lady Jane Gray's sufferings and execution, premieres in London, 1715
  • First "locked room mystery", Poe's Murders in Rue Morgue, is published in Graham's Magazine, 1841
  • Harriet Tubman starts her work with the Underground Railroad, a US/Canada network of people dedicated to helping slaves escape to freedom, 1853
  • Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie isolate and refine radium chloride on this day, 1902
  • Bram Stoker (1847-1912), Irish author of Dracula, a story of the undead, died on this day (The Primrose Path; The Snake's Pass; The Mystery of the Sea; The Lady of the Shroud)
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Philip (Charles Louis) Zilcken (1857-1930), Dutch printmaker, painter, writer, draughtsman, engraver (L'arrivée des bateaux; Le long de la plage; Après la tempête)
  • W.H. (William Henry) Davies (1871-1940), Welsh poet ( Young Emma; Autobiography of a Super Tramp; Beggars; The Bird of Paradise; The Loneliest Mountain)
  • Robert Lynd (pseudonym Y.Y.) (1879-1949), Irish literary essayist (The Book of This and That; Pleasures of Ignorance; The Sporting Life and Other Trifles)
  • Martinus Nijhoff (1894-1953), Dutch poet, essayist (Het Uur U; Awater; De Moeder de Vrouw)
  • K. Alexander Müller (Switzerland b. 1927), 1987 Nobel Laureate in Physics (superconductivity in ceramic materials)
  • Ian Watson (b. 1943), British sci-fi author (The Embedding; The Inquisition War: The Flies of Memory)
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