July 17, 2019

Today in History: George M. Cohan

Today in History–July 3–the Library of Congress features theater maestro George M. Cohan, born on this date in 1878. The multitalented Cohan was a playwright, songwriter, dancer, actor, theater owner, and producer. He also was awarded the Congressional medal of honor for his World War I song "Over There". Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access numerous primary sources. George M. Cohan Was Born from America's Library "Over There" sheet … [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: Thornton Wilder

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features writer Thornton Wilder, born on this day in 1897. This lauded American writer produced award-winning (3 Pulitzer Prizes and 1 National Book Award) plays, novels, essays, and more. Find out more about this literary master by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Wilder and the theater. Playwright Thornton Wilder Was Born from America's Library Thornton Wilder image … [Read more...]

Today in History: Eugene O’Neill & the Provincetown Players

Today in History–November 3–the Library of Congress features Eugene O'Neill & the Provincetown Players. On this day in 1916, the experimental Playwrights' Theater opened its first New York season in Greenwich Village. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Library resources related to Eugene O'Neill and theater. The Experimental Playwrights' Theater Opened Eugene O'Neill image set Scripts by Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill … [Read more...]

Today in History: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Today in History–August 8–the Library of Congress features journalist, short-story writer and novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, born on this day in 1896. Rawlings received a Pulitzer prize for her novel The Yearling in 1938. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more women writer resources. Short-story Writer and Novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Was Born from America's Library Rawlings image set Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings historical … [Read more...]