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Sep 11, 2014

Literary History – September

HeaderAs the summer holidays come to an end and the kids return to school why not grab yourself a cup of tea, relax and enjoy some light reading! We’ve selected three important literary events to occur in September!

Roald Dahl Day

Children’s author Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916, and on this day every year fans up and down the country organise an array of wonderful events to celebrate the official Roald Dahl Day!

From James and the Giant Peach to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Fox to Matilda Dahl was famous for creating classic children’s novels, loved by kids and adults alike. But did you know he was also a Hurricane fighter pilot in World War II? A long way from the hut in the bottom of his garden where he would hide away for hours on end creating his most memorable titles.

This year there is an added importance to Roald Dahl Day as 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Agatha Christie Is born

On September 15, 1890 a literary great was welcomed into the world. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, better known as Agatha Christie, was born in Torquay and would go on to be one of the world’s best-selling novelists.

The youngest of three siblings, she was educated at home by her mother and showed a true passion for writing and creating interesting characters, which was evident in her narratives.

She published her first book “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” in 1920 and introduced readers to one of her most famous characters, detective Hercule Poirot.

Over the years Christie wrote more than 70 detective novels including “The Moving Finger” and “A Pocket Full of Rye” which featured another much loved character in Miss Marple.

To date her combine works have sold more than 2 billion copies worldwide, making her a true literary legend!

F Scott Fitzgerald Is Born

American novelist and short-story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in Minnesota. Widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of his time, Fitzgerald was made famous following the success of “The Great Gatsby”, published in 1925.

Without a shadow of a doubt his finest piece of work, “The Great Gatsby” didn’t receive the credit it deserved until long after his death in the 1950s and 60s. The novel is now regarded as one of the greatest American novels ever written, effectively portraying the “Roaring Twenties”.

Away from writing Fitzgerald lived a turbulent, alcohol filled life and subsequently died at the age of just 44 following a heart attack in 1940. During his lifetime none of his works received the recognition they deserved and therefore he died deeming himself a failure, a sad end to such a talented writer.

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