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April 17, 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:
  • Independence Day - Evacuation Day, Syria (withdrawal of French troops, 1946)
  • Rhodesia becomes Zimbabwe, 1980
  • The Roman Catholic Church excommunicates German Church reformer Martin Luther, in the Diet of Worms, 1521
  • Benjamin Franklin, American printer, librarian, inventor, and statesman, dies on this day, 1790
  • Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) is imprisoned in Tower of London for refusing to swear to the Act of Succession and Oath of Supremacy, 1534 (he was later beheaded for treason and later still, canonized as a saint, 1935)
  • America's first continuously published newspaper, the Boston News-Letter is published by John Campbell, 1704
  • First U.S. school for the deaf, American School for the Deaf is born in West Hartford, Connecticut, 1817
  • Richard Wilbur is appointed U.S. Poet Laureate, 1987 (Things Of This World; A Game of Catch; Advice to a Prophet)
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  • John Macoun (1831-1920), Irish-Canadian explorer, botanist, cataloguer of Canadian flora and fauna, charter member Royal Society of Canada
  • Ian Hay (pseudonym of Major John Hay Beith) (1876-1952), Scottish novelist, playwright The First Hundred Thousand; A Man's Man; The Battle of Flanders 1940
  • Leonard Woolley (1880-1960), British archaeologist, expert in Mesopotamian studies and leader of the expedition to excavate the ancient Sumerian city of Ur
  • Señor Wences (1896-1999 b. Wenceslao Moreno), Spanish ventriloquist and comedian ("his hand acts as a puppet")
  • Georges J.F. Köhler (Germany 1946-1995), 1984 Nobel Laureate in Medicine (immune system)
  • Lloyd Biggle Jr (1923-2002), American sci-fi author (All the Colors of Darkness; The Metallic Muse; The Fury Out of Time; Silence is Deadly)
  • Cynthia Ozick (b. 1928), American feminist and story writer about Jewish American life (Quarrel & Quandary; Levitation; The Cannibal Galaxy; The Shawl)
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