Saturday, February 7, 2009

Literary Birthdays for February 7th

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born February 7, 1867, in Pepin, WI; died February 10, 1957, in Mansfield, MO. She is best known for the Little House series of children's books based on her childhood in a pioneer family.

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England; died at Gad's Hill, Kent, England, June 9, 1870. The popularity of Dickens' novels and short stories has meant that they have never gone out of print. Great Expectations was voted one of Britain's 21 best-loved novels by the British public as part of the BBC's The Big Read in 2003.

Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7, 1885 in Sauk Centre, MN and died on January 10, 1951 in Rome, Italy. He was an American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

For more information about these authors please visit the Literature Resource Center.

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