Happy 200th Birthday, Charles!

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7 Feb 1812 - 9 June 1870

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. (wikipedia)

Happy birthday, Boz!

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Happy 203rd Birthday, Edgar!

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Edgar Allan Poe January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849

 
Want to learn more about one of America’s most mysterious writers? Check out the Poe Museum located here in Richmond, VA. (credit for above photo goes to Poe Museum)
You can also read about Poe here or look for the following books in your local bookstore or library:
Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman
Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy by Jeffrey Meyers
Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh
Edgar Allen Poe: A Short Biography for Kids by Diane Phelps
And if you haven’t already (and even if you have), check out some of Poe’s work with this beautiful copy of The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe from Barnes and Noble.

Happy Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien b. 3 January 1892

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.


Tolkien on wikipedia and goodreads.