Month of Literary Days

April 22, 2018
  • 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."

May 6, 2018
  • Birthday of Theodore H. White (5/6/1915 - 5/15/1986)

    Theodore H. White was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts and attended Boston Latin School and Harvard University. He was a wartime reporter from China and is best-known for his historical accounts ("Making of the President" series) of the 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1980 presidential elections. The 1960 book about the election of John F. Kennedy won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

May 9, 2018
  • Birthday of Jorie Graham (5/9/1950)

    Award-winning poet Jorie Graham succeeded Seamus Heaney as Boylston Professor at Harvard University in 1999, a position she still holds. She also teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is considered one of the most celebrated poets of her generation. Along with the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Graham won the 2003 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry for "Never."

  • Birthday of Dan Chiasson (5/9/1971)

    Dan Chiasson is a poet, critic, journalist and professor at Wellesley College. The poetry critic for The New Yorker, he also contributes to The New York Review of Books and is a past poetry editor of the Paris Review. His work has received numerous awards, including The Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry.

May 12, 2018
  • Birthday of Henry Cabot Lodge (5/12/1850 - 11/9/1924)

    Massachusetts native Henry Cabot Lodge, historian and politician, was the first student at Harvard to earn a Ph.D. in history and also graduated from Harvard Law School. Mentored by Henry Adams, his fifty year writing career produced biographies of historical and political figures, as well as observations of diplomacy and world conflicts. A U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (Republican) from 1887 - 1893, he served in the Senate from 1893 to 1924 and was a close friend of Teddy Roosevelt.