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Honorary Black Lambs

March 1st, 2007


As always in this space, we present new entries to the The Ultimate Literary Calendar, which will appear later this year. Here, then, is your handy thumbnail guide, with a selected bibliography, to another preeminent figure of literary history.

Ada Louise Huxtable, b. March 14, 1921

The architecture critic of The New York Times for twenty years, Huxtable is a rare, clear voice against the appropriation of the American cityscape by modern schools of architectural practice. Her Pulitzer Prize for “distinguished criticism” was the first such award, and she subsequently enjoyed a MacArthur “genius” grant. She has been simply the best we’ve ever had in her field, and her cautionary books repay careful rereading.

Books Will They Ever Finish Bruckner Boulevard? 1970. Kicked a Building Lately? 1976. The Tall Building Artistically Considered: The Search for a Skyscraper Style, 1984. Architecture, Anyone? 1986. Goodbye History, Hello Hamburger, 1986. The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion, 1997. Frank Lloyd Wright, 2004.

Other March Birhdays & Events of Note 1st Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), American novelist William Dean Howells (1837-1920), English biographer Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), American novelist Ralph Ellison (1914-1994), and American poets Robert Lowell (1917-1977) and Howard Nemerov (1920-1991). 2nd Bohemian composer Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), Yiddish writer Shalom Aleichem (1859-1916), German composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950), brilliant children’s book writer Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisl (1904-1991), and American novelist and journalist Tom Wolfe (b. 1931); D.H. Lawrence dies in 1930 at age forty-five of tuberculosis.

3rd English Restoration dramatist Thomas Otway (1652-1685) and American poet James Merrill (1926-1995). 4th Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and British novelist Allan Sillitoe (b. 1928). 5th American naturalist novelist Frank Norris (1870-1902) and Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). 6th Florentine sculptor and painter Michelangelo Buonarrotti (1475-1564), French soldier and satirist Savienen Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), American satirist Ring Lardner Sr. (1885-1933), and Colombian Nobel novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1928). 7th English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), and American writer Rick Bass (b. 1958). 8th Italian nobleman, composer, and murderer Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), German composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), English author Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), French playwright Georges Feydeau (1862-1921), American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), and American non-fiction writer John McPhee (b. 1931); American writer Sherwood Anderson dies of peritonitis in 1941 after ingesting a toothpick. 9th English novelist David Garnett (1892-1981), English novelist and gardening writer Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981), and American novelists Mickey Spillane (1918-2006) and Herbert Gold (b. 1924). 12th American Beat novelist Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) and American playwright Edward Albee (b. 1928). 13th Austrian composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), American expat journalist Janet Tyler Flanner (1892-1978), American sci-fi writer and Scientologist huckster L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), and English novelist Caryl Philips (b. 1958). 14th German scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), American bookstore owner Sylvia Beach (1887-1962), and American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971); Karl Marx dies in poverty in London in 1883. Ides German composer Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Yeats patron Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932), and American biographer Richard Ellman (1918-1987). 17th German composer and teacher Joseph Rheinberger (1839-1901); in 1740, Justice of the Peace Henry Fielding summons poet laureate Colley Cibber to court for the murder of the English language. 18th Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett (1721-1771), French poet Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), Russian composer Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), English WWI poet Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), and American novelist John Updike (b. 1932). 19th British scholar and traveller Richard Burton (1821-1890) and American novelist Philip Roth (b. 1933). 20th Roman poet Ovid (43 B.C.-18 A.D.) and Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). 21st German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Russian composer Modest Moussorgski (1839-1881). 23rd Leonard and Virginia Woolf, in 1917, establish the Hogarth Press in their dining room. 24th English craftsman William Morris (1834-1896) and American Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919). 25th English novelist Anne Brontë (1820-1849), Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945), and American novelist and short story writer Flannery O’Connor (1926-1964). 26th American novelist Edward Bellamy (1850-1898), English poet A.E. Housman (1859-1936), American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963), American playwright (Thomas Lanier) Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (b. 1925), and Italian Nobel playwright Dario Fo (b. 1926). 27th French composer Vincent D’Indy (1851-1931). 28th Michigan-born novelist Nelson Algren (1909-1981) and English actor and memoirist Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999); Virginia Woolf commits suicide in 1941. 29th English composer William Walton (1902-1983). 30th Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), French poet Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), Dutch painter Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890), and Irish playwright Sean O’Casey (1880-1964). 31st French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650), English poet Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), Austrian composer Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809), Ukrainian novelist Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), English writer and translator Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883), Mexican poet and critic Octavio Paz (1914-1998), English novelist John Fowles (b. 1926), and English composer Thomas Ades (b. 1971).

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