John Steinbeck wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

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John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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George Eliot begins work on her masterpiece Middlemarch

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James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet, born

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British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in NYC

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Faulkner receives Nobel Prize for Literature

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Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad born

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Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson born

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American poet and writer Eve Merriam born

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Louisa May Alcott, American author, dies

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