Aug. 11:Edith Wharton, Enid Mary Blyton, Mavis Gallant

Enid Mary Blyton was an English children's writer whose books have been among the world's best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies.Wikipedia
DiedNovember 28, 1968, Hampstead, United Kingdom

伊妮德·布萊頓(1897年8月11日-1968年11月28日),筆名是瑪麗·波洛克( Mary Pollock),她是英國1940年代的著名兒童文學家,她所著的《諾弟》(Noddy)系列及透過一位叫Noddy的虛構人物為兒童介紹世界各國的新奇事物的系列,在世界都很受歡迎,亦曾成為各地的課室指定讀物。這系列的中譯本都由基督教文藝出版社出版。 她的作品以奇幻冒險類型為主,知名的還包括《五小冒險系列》(The Famous Five,僅部份有中譯本,由水牛出版社出版),與尚未授權中文版的《Five Find─Outers》系列、《The Secret Seven》系列、《Malory Towers》系列等等。


The Enid Blyton Society
Heather's Blyton Pages
Enid Blyton Collectors' and Enthusiasts' Guide to First Editions

Enid Blyton—the creator of the “Famous Five” and the “Secret Seven”—was born on August 11th 1897. Her 762 books have been translated into nearly 90 languages, with over 600m copies sold worldwide


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton died in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France on this day in 1937 (aged 75).
"It was the old New York way of taking life "without effusion of blood": the way of people who dreaded scandal more than disease, who placed decency above courage, and who considered that nothing was more ill-bred than "scenes," except the behaviour of those who gave rise to them."
--from THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1920)

Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wikipedia
SpouseEdward Robbins Wharton (m. 1885–1913)

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.
My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet.

#OnThisDay in 1937 Edith Wharton passes away after suffering a heart attack in June while visiting architect Ogden Codman. She had been transported by ambulance to Pavillon Colombe, where she was attended by her friend Elisina Tyler. Visited by other friends and surrounded by the beauty of her gardens, she died peacefully. She was buried in Versailles, in a plot adjacent to that of Walter Berry.
"An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences." From The Age of Innocence

Short-story writer Mavis Gallant was born Mavis Leslie de Trafford Young in Montreal, Quebec on this day in 1922.
“Stories are not chapters of novels. They should not be read one after another, as if they were meant to follow along. Read one. Shut the book. Read something else. Come back later. Stories can wait.”
― Mavis Gallant from the Preface

Mavis Gallant - Wikipedia


Mavis Leslie de Trafford Gallant, CC, née Young (11 August 1922 – 18 February 2014), was a Canadian writer who spent much of her life and career in France.



4月18日:George Henry Lewes (1817-1878) : Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)舌辯大師丹諾;Samuel Huntington


For all his long career and prodigious energy he will always be associated with the phrase “the clash of civilisations”. How well does his argument hold up 24 years after he first penned it?

Samuel Huntington was one of America's great public intellectuals The author of "The Clash of Civilisations?" was born on April 18th 1972 ECONOMIST.COM
Samuel P. Huntington - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_P._Huntington

Samuel Phillips Huntington (April 18, 1927 – December 24, 2008) was an American political scientist, adviser and academic. He spent more than half a century ..

As a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and in an influential 1968 article in Foreign Affairs, he advocated the concentra

5 月5: Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx, The ultimate failure of Napoleon. Bye bye paper fivers; Virginia Woolf's great novel "To The Lighthouse"

Virginia Woolf's great novel "To The Lighthouse" was published #onthisday 5th May 1927. The book includes fictionalised semi-autobiographical reminiscences of her childhood trips to the family house in Cornwall and the characters Mr & Mrs Ramsay are probably partly based on her parents Leslie & Julia Stephen (née Duckworth). Leslie Stephen was President of The London Library for 12 years and Virginia Woolf became a life member 4 days after his death.
To the Lighthouse was one of Virginia Woolf's most successful novels (the proceeds enabling the Woolfs to buy their first car!). 3,000 copies were produced by her Hogarth Press for the first edition. This is one of them from May 1927, and we're very happy to have it!

It's 05.05.17 – the last day you can spend your paper fivers in all shops across the UK.

4月16日:Charlie Chaplin 卓別林;川端康成自殺

Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award.Wikipedia
“Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.” 
― Yasunari Kawabata
“Does pain go away and leave no trace, then?’
‘You sometimes even feel sentimental for it.” 
― Yasunari KawabataThousand Cranes
“A child walked by, rolling a metal hoop that made a sound of autumn.” 
― Yasunari KawabataPalm-of-the-Hand Stories

“Was this the bright vastness the poet Bashō saw when he wrote of the Milky Way arched over a stormy sea?” 
― Yasunari KawabataSnow Country, p.165



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