Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809. Tennyson was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain during the Victorian era, and his poems remain widely read today. He was particularly skilled in the use of rhythm and of the musical qualities of language.
Isabel Allende was born on August 2, 1942. Allende is a Chilean-American novelist who began writing fiction relatively late in life. Her early work often focuses on mid-20th-century political turmoil in Chile and other South American countries.
Alexandre Dumas was born on July 24, 1802. Dumas was a prolific novelist and playwright who wrote more than 100,000 pages during his life. He is best remembered today for historical adventure novels, including The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.
James M. Cain was born on July 1, 1892. Cain’s novels and stories of the 1930s and 1940s helped to create the modern antihero. His later work would never recapture his early success, either with critics or with readers, but his best works still hold up as taut, plot-driven crime thrillers.
June 17 is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, and we mark the occasion with a look at just some of the vegetable-centered cookbooks available in our e-book collection.