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April 1 Poe and the "Rue Morgue"
  On this day in 1841, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was published. It is generally considered to be the first detective story (called "a tale of ratiocination" by Poe) and the origin of many of the genre's prototypes: the 'locked-room' crime, the sidekick-narrator, the gentleman-amateur detective from whom no orangutan can hope to escape.
March 31 Edward Fitzgerald's Omar Khayyam
  On this day in 1809 Edward Fitzgerald was born, and on this day in 1859 his "free translation" of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was published. This became one of the most popular works of the 19th century and one of the best-selling books of poetry ever; some say that its impact on Victorian England was equal to that of The Origin of Species, also published in 1859.
March 30 Sean O'Casey's Ireland
  On this day in 1880 Sean O'Casey was born, in the working-class ghettos of Dublin that he would later make famous in such plays as The Plough and the Stars. O'Casey's six-volume autobiography is less-known, but Frank McCourt, who would cover the same sort of ground a half-century later, thought its realism a revelation and a welcome change to the Irish writers who "go on about farms and fairies and the mist that do be on the bog."

April 1, 2015
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