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Honorary Black Lambs

January 1st, 2016

BY BLACK LAMB

Once again we bring you new inductees to our roster of Honorary Black Lambs, once upon a time enshrined in The Ultimate Literary Calendar. Here are short introductions, with selected bibliographies, for two of literature’s singular figures, both of whom painted vivid pictures of America.

Robinson Jeffers , b. January 10, 1887, d. 1962

jeffersMany of Jeffers’s poems were in narrative or epic form, but he is also known for his shorter verse and especially for his depiction of the central California coast. He opposed American participation in WWII but won kudos later for his environmentalism.

Selected Reading Poetry The Women at Point Sur, 1927. Cawdor and Other Poems, 1928. Dear Judas and Other Poems, 1929. Give Your Heart to the Hawks and other Poems, 1933. The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers, 1938. Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems, 1965. Rock and Hawk: A Selection of Shorter Poems by Robinson Jeffers, 1987. Stones of the Sur, 2001. Letters The Selected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, 1887-1962, 1968

londongreekgod2Jack London, b. January 12, 1876, d. 1916

London made his living by writing short fiction and novels as fast as he could. He thereby published a very great deal in a short life — he died at forty. His depictions of the wilds of Alaska and the Pacific are the prototypes of this sort of frontier fiction, but he also wrote novels with socio-economic themes.

Suggested Reading Novels The Call of the Wild, 1903. The Sea-Wolf, 1904. White Fang, 1906. The Iron Heel, 1908. Martin Eden, 1909. The Valley of the Moon, 1913. The Star Rover, 1915. Short story collections Son of the Wolf, 1900. Lost Face, 1910. South Sea Tales, 1911. Non-fiction The People of the Abyss, 1903. The War of the Classes, 1905. Memoirs The Road, 1907. The Cruise of the Snark, 1911. John Barleycorn, 1913.


OTHER JANUARY BIRTHDAYS & EVENTS 1st English novelist E.M. Forster (1879-1970), American icon J.D. Salinger (b. 1919), and English playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967); Dr. John Watson first meets Sherlock Holmes, 1880. 2nd American poet Philip Freneau (1752-1832) and prolific Russian-born science fiction author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992). 3rd Roman orator Cicero (106-43 BC) and English linguist and fantasist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973). 4th German author Jakob Grimm (1785-1863); French novelist Albert Camus dies at 46 in an automobile accident, 1960. 5th English novelist Stella Gibbons (1902-1989), German dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), American poet W.D. Snodgrass (b. 1926), Italian novelist Umberto Eco (b. 1932), and American writer Florence King (1936-2016); Waiting for Godot premieres in Paris, 1953. 6th English detective Sherlock Holmes (b. 1854), American poet Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), American novelist Wright Morris (1910-1998), Irish writer Maeve Brennan (1917-1993), and American novelist E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015). 7th English zookeeper Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) and American novelist Nicholson Baker (b. 1957). 8th English novelist Wilkie Collins (1824-1889). 9th French writer Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). 10th American poet Anthony Hecht (1923-2004). 11th American psychologist and philosopher William James (1842-1910) and South African novelist Alan Paton (1903-1988). 12th Hungarian dramatist Ferenc Molnar (1878-1952) and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami (b. 1949). 13th American novelists Horatio Alger (1832-1889) and Jay McInerney (b. 1952). 14th American novelist John Dos Passos, (1896-1970), American novelist Tillie Olson (1912-2007), Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), and American novelist Mary Robison (b. 1949). 15th French playwright (Jean Baptiste Poquelin) Molière (1622-1673) and Russian poet Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938). 16th Scottish poet Robert Service (1874-1958), American novelist William Kennedy (b. 1928), and American critic Susan Sontag (1933-2004). 17th American author, scientist, inventor, and diplomat Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American Gothic novelist Charles Brockdon Brown (1771-1810), English writer Ronald Firbank (1886-1926), and American poet William Stafford (1914-1993). 18th French essayist Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1756), Swiss-English thesaurist Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), and English Pooh creator Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956). 19th American poet and tale teller Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), American essayist Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943), American novelist Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), and English novelist Julian Barnes (b. 1946). 21st English poet John Donne (1572-1631). 22nd English essayist and philsopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626), German dramatist Gottfried Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), English poet Lord Byron (1788-1824), and Swedish playwright August Strindberg (1849-1912). 23rd French novelist (Marie-Henri Beyle) Stendahl (1783-1842), American poet Louis Zukofsky (1904-1978), Senegalese novelist Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007), and West Indies Nobel poet Derek Walcott (b. 1930). 24th British playwright William Congreve (1670-1729) and American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937). 25th Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), English novelists William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) and Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), and Irish novelist J.G Farrell (1935-1979). 26th American cartoonist and playwright Jules Feiffer (b. 1929). 27th English writer Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler (1931-2001), and English novelist D.M. Thomas (b. 1935). 28th French novelist (Sidonie-Gabrielle Claudine) Colette (1873-1954) and English novelist David Lodge (b. 1935). 29th American essayist Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), French Nobel novelist Romain Rolland (1866-1944), and American environmentalist author Edward Abbey (1927-1989). 30th American novelists Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) and Michael Dorris (1945-1997). 31st Engish travel writer Freya Stark (1893-1993), American novelist John O’Hara (1905-1970), French-American essayist Thomas Merton (1915-1968), American novelist Norman Mailer (b. 1923), and Japanese novelist Oe Kenzaburo (b. 1935). •

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