Month of Literary Days

April 1, 2017
  • Birthday of William Manchester (4/1/1922 - 6/1/2004)


    Author, biographer and historian William R. Manchester was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts and raised in Springfield. Mentored by H. L. Mencken as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, he wrote a biography of the "conservative anarchist," as well as fiction and non-fiction. He wrote prodigiously as a history professor at Wesleyan University, and is best known for his best seller "The Death of a President," an account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He received the National Humanities Medal in 2001.

April 5, 2017
  • Birthday of Christian Appy (4/5/1955)


    Born in Georgia and raised in Connecticut, historian Christian Appy graduated from Amherst College and received his Ph.D from Harvard. A prior faculty member at Harvard and MIT, he currently teaches history at University of Massachusetts Amherst. His book "Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides" won the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction.

April 10, 2017
  • Birthday of Paul Theroux (4/10/1941)


    Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux is a native of Massachusetts and resides on Cape Cod. The winner of numerous awards for his literature, he is best known for "The Great Railway Bazaar" and "The Mosquito Coast."

April 15, 2017
  • Birthday of Henry James (4/15/1843 - 2/28/1916)


    American writer Henry James is a native New Yorker and attended Harvard Law School. The critical early years of his writing career were spent in Boston, where he had close friendships with fellow authors and academics William Dean Howells, Charles Eliot Norton, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. A key figure of 19th century literary realism, he was a prolific writer of fiction, nonfiction, and plays. He is best known for "The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Ambassadors." Mr. James is buried in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

April 16, 2017
  • Birthday of Herbert Baxter Adams (4/16/1850 - 7/30/1901)


    American educator and esteemed historian Herbert Baxter Adams was born and raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Amherst College. As a history professor and widely published writer at Johns Hopkins University, he is credited with training the next generation of historians through his renowned seminar series. He co-founded the American Historical Association and the organization's annual book prize is named for him.

April 22, 2017
  • Birthday of Vladimir Nabokov (4/22/1899 - 7/2/1977)


    Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov spent most of the 1940s in Massachusetts teaching Russian languages and literature at Wellesley College. He wrote fiction in Russian and English and is best known for his controversial 1955 novel "Lolita."