September 24, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks was born on Nov. 30, 1912 and died on March 7, 2006. A highly influential photographer, he contributed to the Farm Security Administration, Life Magazine, and Vogue, and also wrote books and poetry, composed music, and directed movies.Gordon Parks photographsTrumpet Awards honorees Tom Bradley, Gordon Parks, Maya Angelou and others 1994 photographGordon Parks mention in The Detroit tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 06 Nov. 1948Gordon Parks in Today in HistoryGordon … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ernest Hemingway

Today in History–July 21–the Library of Congress features writer Ernest Hemingway, born on this day in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. Like his father, Hemingway was a hunting and outdoors enthusiast. Seeking adventure, he served as an ambulance driver in Italy in World War I, reported on the Spanish Civil War, and worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe during World War II. Hemingway received a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for his novel The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize for Literature in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Oxford and amateur photographer but he is better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Charles Lutwidge Dodgson: A Chronology of His Life The Lewis Carroll Scrapbook 1855-1898Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll Biography BioThe life and letters of Lewis Carroll (Rev. C.L. Dodgson) 1899Historic U.S. newspaper articles mentioning Lewis CarrollRhyme? and reason? by Louis Carroll 1884The Lewis … [Read more...]

Today in History: Robert Penn Warren

Today in History–September 15–the Library of Congress features writer Robert Penn Warren, who died on this date in 1989. A novelist and poet who won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the Kings Men and two Pulitzers for his poetry, Warren was also a teacher, critic. He also served as poetry consultant for the Library from 1944-45 and as U.S. poet laureate in 1986. Discover more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sherwood Anderson

Today in History–September 13–the Library of Congress features writer Sherwood Anderson, born on this day in 1876. Sherwood worked as a copywriter before gaining success for his poetry, short stories, and novels. Learn  more about this midwest scribe by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources about Sherwood and other American writers.Sherwood Anderson imagesSherwood Anderson historical newspaper coverageAmerican writer primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Zora Neale Hurston

Today in History–January 7–the Library of Congress features writer Zora Neale Hurston, born on this date in 1891. She grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated black town in the United States. Trained as an anthropologist, Hurston documented life histories and folklore, later using what she learned to inform her novels and plays. Learn more about this Harlem renaissance woman by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.The … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mark Twain

Today in History–November 30–the Library of Congress features Mark Twain, born on this date in 1835 as Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Learn more about this masterful American writer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Twain resources.Stories about Mark Twain America's LibraryThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn web pageturnerMore books & articles by Mark Twain"A Telephonic Conversation" by Mark Twain p. 14 Library of Congress Magazine … [Read more...]

Today in History: William Faulkner

Today in History–September 25–the Library of Congress features writer William Faulkner, born on this day in 1897. Faulkner spent much of his youth in Oxford, Mississippi, later transforming what he knew into great literary works. A writer of deep insight, Faulkner also experimented with form and format; he won the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature and two subsequent Pulitzer Prizes. Learn more about this master of American literature by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links … [Read more...]

Today in History: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Today in History–September 24–the Library of Congress features writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, born on this day in 1896. Named for his distant cousin Francis Scott Key, author of the The Star-Spangled Banner. Fitzgerald also enjoyed instant success with his first writing effort, the novel This Side of Paradise. Five years later Fitzgerald's most celebrated novel, The Great Gatsby, was published. Learn more about this iconic American author by visiting the Today in History section, then click the … [Read more...]

Today in History: H.L. Mencken

Today in History–September 12–the Library of Congress features writer H.L. Mencken, born on this day in 1880. Mencken was best known for his biting social commentary; scholarly understanding of American usage of the English language; and support of emerging writers, including Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, and James Joyce. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to this witty wordsmith.H.L. … [Read more...]