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a week to remember


H. P. Lovecraft and his sketch of his Cthulhu
Keith Chaffee, August 19, 2019

H. P. Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890. While he was not well-known during his lifetime, Lovecraft developed a strong following after his death and is now recognized as one of America’s most important writers of horror fiction.

Julia Child holding a mallot over her head
Keith Chaffee, August 12, 2019

Julia Child was born on August 15, 1912. For forty years, Child was one of America’s most beloved chefs, bringing French cuisine to America through her cookbooks and television shows.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Great Britain
Keith Chaffee, August 05, 2019

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.

Chilean-American novelist, Isabel Allende
Keith Chaffee, July 29, 2019

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.

French novelist and playwright, Alexandre Dumas
Keith Chaffee, July 22, 2019

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.

English novelist and philosopher, Iris Murdoch
Keith Chaffee, July 15, 2019

Iris Murdoch was born on July 15, 1919. Murdoch was an English novelist and philosopher; in both fields, her work centered on the importance of the inner life, and the ability of people to shape their own moral behavior.

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
Keith Chaffee, July 08, 2019

Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published on July 11, 1960. The novel was an instant success, and quickly became a standard of American literature.

Screenwriter James M. Cain
Keith Chaffee, July 01, 2019

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.

Eric Ambler
Keith Chaffee, June 24, 2019

Eric Ambler was born on June 28, 1909. For forty years, Ambler wrote novels and screenplays. His specialty was spy thrillers, and he helped shape that genre into its modern form.

wood table full of vegetables
Keith Chaffee, June 17, 2019

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.