Literature

1994 29¢ Literary Arts: James Thurber
December 8, 1894

Birth of James Thurber 

Cartoonist, author, and humorist James Grover Thurber was born on December 8, 1894, in Columbus, Ohio. He was one of the most popular humorists of his day and several of his works were turned into films.

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2000 33¢ Literary Arts: Thomas Wolfe
October 3, 1900

Birth of Thomas Wolfe

Novelist Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born on October 3, 1900, in Asheville, North Carolina. He’s considered North Carolina’s most famous writer and was a major influence on several writers of the next generation.

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1984 20¢ Herman Melville
September 28, 1891

Death of Herman Melville

On September 28, 1891, author Herman Melville died in his New York City home. While it was a moderate success during his lifetime, Melvile’s novel Moby-Dick is now considered a masterpiece of American literature.

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 US #1281 was issued on Parkman’s 144th birthday.  Click image to order.
September 16, 1823

Birth of Francis Parkman 

American historian Francis Parkman was born on September 16, 1823, in Boston, Massachusetts. His books have often been praised as both useful historical texts and enjoyable literature.

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1965 5¢ Dante Alighieri
September 14, 1321

Death of Dante Alighieri

The “Supreme Poet” Dante Alighieri is believed to have died on September 14, 1321. His Divine Comedy is considered one of the most important poems of the Middle Ages and the Italian language.

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1991 29¢ Literary Arts: William Saroyan
August 31, 1908

Happy Birthday, William Saroyan

Author William Saroyan was born on August 31, 1908, in Fresno, California. He’s been called “one of the most prominent literary figures of the mid-20th century.”

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1980 15¢ Literary Arts: Edith Wharton
August 11, 1937

Death of Edith Wharton

Noted author Edith Wharton died on August 11, 1937. Best known for her novel The Age of Innocence, she was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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2008 41¢ Literary Arts: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
August 8, 1896

Birth of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was born on August 8, 1896, in Washington, DC. She’s best-known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Yearling, which was later made into a movie.

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1981 18¢ Flag Over Field
July 22, 1893

America the Beautiful 

On July 22, 1893, Katharine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful. It has since become one of America’s most beloved patriotic songs, and has often been proposed to become our national anthem.

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