Happy 173rd Birthday to Robert Louis Stevenson
Author’s works include Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Born: November 13, 1850
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894 (44 years old)
|Robert Louis Stevenson in front of his Samoan home|
Classic ~ Treasure Island
Trivia: Ranked as the world's 26th-most-translated author (2018).
Stevenson and his wife lived in Samoa for several years. Described as a “quixotic drifter,” Stevenson "was not just a novelist, but a literary wizard tangled in the productions of his craft, its locale, and its depth" (RLS Bio).
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
Happy 125th Birthday to C.S. Lewis
Author’s works include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.
Born: November 29, 1898
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: November 22, 1963 (A week before his 65th birthday)
Classic ~ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Trivia: Ranked 11th on The Times' 50 greatest British writers since 1945 list.
Lewis is known as the Father of Modern Fantasy. His works have been translated into over thirty languages.
The Chronicles of Narnia includes seven stories. The first of this, and the most popular, is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It has been adapted for theater and television multiple times and also as a 2005 film released by Walt Disney and Walden Media.
“The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.”
Happy 191st Birthday to Louisa May Alcott
Author’s works include Little Women, An Old-Fashioned Girl, and Jo’s Boys
Born: November 29, 1832
Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 6, 1888 (55 years old)
|Louisa May Alcott|
Classic ~ Little Women
Trivia: Contracted typhoid while serving as a nurse during the Civil War.
Alcott is buried near Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau—who were family friends—in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts, on a hillside now known as Authors' Ridge. She never married.
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
Happy 188th Birthday to Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Author’s works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Born: November 30, 1835
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri; raised in Hannibal, Missouri
Died: April 21, 1910 (74 years old)
Classic ~ The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Trivia: Known as America’s “Greatest Humorist” and the father of American literature.
Clemens’ “fondest childhood dream was to become a steamboatman. Hence, he was elated when steamboat pilot Horace E. Bixby took him as an apprentice and trained him in navigation. After more than two years of rigorous training, Clemens became a licensed river pilot in 1858. Interestingly, it was during his time as a pilot that he received his famous alias, Mark Twain" (MT Bio).
“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
Happy 101st Birthday to Charles M. Schulz
Creator of Peanuts
Born: November 26, 1922
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000 (77 years old)
|Charles M. Schulz|
Creator ~ Peanuts
Trivia: Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1996).
Schulz is one of “the most influential cartoonists of all time.” He did all his own work, “from conceptualization to drawing,” without assistance from anyone else (CMS Bio).
“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, ‘Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?’...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, ‘We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand-word essay.’”
Your Turn ~ Which of these authors is your favorite?
Photos ~ modified with Canva images
Robert Louis Stevenson ~ public domain.
Robert Louis Stevenson's home at Vailima, Samoa, showing him on the veranda ~ Unknown author - Old postcard; no publisher or date, c. 1893. Public domain.
C.S. Lewis ~ By Source: Scan of photograph by Arthur Strong, 1947, Specific source for the zealot: https://timfall.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/c-s-lewis3.jpg; Photograph or image of Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963); fair use.
Louisa May Alcott ~ public domain.
Mark Twain ~ portrait taken by A. F. Bradley in New York, 1907, steamboattimes.com; public domain.
Charles Schulz ~ Roger Higgins, World Telegram staff photographer - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3f06148. Permission details ~ "No copyright restriction known. Staff photographer reproduction rights transferred to Library of Congress through Instrument of Gift." See also
https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/076_nyw.html. Public domain. (Photo cropped.)
Sources ~ all websites accessed on November 3, 2023.
RLS Bio ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
MBT ~ Mark Twain
CMS Bio ~ Charles M. Schulz