Monday, November 28, 2005

On this day in literature . . .

. . . a bond of £40 was entered to secure the marriage of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway at Stratford upon Avon, 1582.

. . . John Bunyan (The Pilgrim's Progress) was born in Elstow, England, 1628.

. . . William Blake (British poet) was born in London, 1757.

. . . Washington Irving died in New York, 1859.

Washington Irving, best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is a key figure in American literature, for he marks the beginning of American Romanticism. With the publication of The Sketchbook in 1820, Irving set a new standard for American literature, one that advocated entertainment rather than didacticism. It would change the way Americans wrote and read. Irving was part of a literary group known as the Knickerbockers (named after Irving's famous narrator); they were centered in New York, and the group included the novelist James Fennimore Cooper (The Last of the Mohicans) and the poet William Cullen Bryant ("Thanatopsis").

2 Comments:

Anonymous Will said...

I love this kind of stuff!
How did you find this out? Is there a website you visit or subscribe to?

9:34 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I picked up A Book of Days for the Literary Year(edited by Neal T. Jones) at a library book sale recently, so I'm pulling the information from that book. I don't know if there's a website that would supply the same sort of information, but if you find one, let me know.

5:21 PM  

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