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Elizabeth BERG
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Scottish biographer and critic

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December 2, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Hans Christian Andersen Boyhood Home

Hans Christian Andersen Home In 1807 when he was two the Andersen family moved into what he would describe as his childhood home in Odense on the island of Funen in Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen and his family would go on to live here from 1807-1819. This tiny house was shared by 3 families (12 people). The house was crowded beyond belief and there was a complete lack of privacy. It is believed that this complete lack of privacy helped to develop his unique imagination and love of stories as he escaped into the privacy of his mind.

For more information click here: H.C. Andersen Museum, or click here for books by Hans Christian Andersen and here for Children's Fairy Tales.

On This Day:
  • The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, adopted by the "General Assembly of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others"
  • First known English language newspaper begins publishing in Amsterdam, issued by Dutch map engraver Pieter van de Keere for export to London, 1620; the first issue lacked a title but thereafter was titled Corant out of Italy, Germany, etc.
  • British author, Charles Dickens, gives his first public reading in the United States, A Christmas Carol, in Steinway Hall, New York City, 1867
  • Wind Bell, journal of the San Francisco Zen Center (a focal point for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism), begins publishing, 1961
  • First parliamentary elections (to the 12th Bundestag) since Germany was unified, 1990
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Today's Birthdays:

  • Georges Pierre Seurat (1859-1891), French Neo-impressionist painter/pointillist, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte
  • Francis Jammes (1868-1938), French pastoral poet and novelist, (De l'angélus de l'aube à l'angélus du soir)
  • George Richards Minot (1885-1950), Nobel Laureate in Medicine (liver therapy), 1934
  • Randolph A. Hearst (1915-2000), newspaper publisher and father of kidnapped Patty Hearst
  • Brian Lumley (b.1937), British horror sci-fi author (Compleat Crow; Psychomech)
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