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February 7
Sinclair LEWIS
(b. 1885 - d. 1951)
American novelist
Laura Ingalls WILDER
(b. 1867 - d. 1957)
American children's writer

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February 7, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Du Bois Homesite

DuBois W.E.B. Du Bois, who lived in a now demolished house on this site during his boyhood, was a voice that inspired African Americans to believe in themselves and to fight for justice. Du Bois felt a special bond to the Great Barrington property, which had been in his family for more than 200 years. The property was given to Du Bois as a 60th birthday gift in 1928. In the “House of the Black Burghardts” (1928) Du Bois recalled his family’s ancestral home upon the Egremont Plain. First purchased by his maternal great grandfather, Jackson Burghardt in 1795, the site remained within Du Bois’ family for six generations. The homesite and the immediate land surrounding it was a veritable community of intergenerational, free, land owning African Americans.

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  • Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), Rome, Italy. Novelist, Playwrite, short story writer.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), Pepin, Wisconsin. Novelist best known for Little House Series.
  • Kevin Crossley-Holland (b. 1941), Mursley, Buckinghamshire, England. English translator, author and poet.
  • Ashok Kumar Banker (b. 1964), Mumbai, India. Bestelling contemporary author.
  • Raymond Paul Mears (b. 1924), Denley, London. English television host and author.
  • Emma Lanier McLaughlin (b. 1974), Elmira, New York. American novelist.
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