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Today in Literature is a critically acclaimed daily publication about the great writers, books, and moments in literary history. More than merely a list of literary births and deaths, our stories contain a wealth of interesting, famous and sometimes offbeat events, each placed in its historical and critical context but told biographically and anecdotally. The day, for example, that . . .

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  • Charles Dickens refused to read "A Christmas Carol" to Queen Victoria


  • T. S. Eliot had Groucho Marx to dinner


  • James Joyce chose as "Bloomsday," his date for Ulysses


  • Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon, citing The Catcher in the Rye as motive


  • Harriet Beecher Stowe received a human ear in the mail, as comment on Uncle Tom's Cabin

The publication is the labor of love of three individuals:

  • Steve King - editorial content


  • Rod Dunton - research and sales


  • Ben Jones - publishing and marketing

Today in Literature began in 2001 as a joint venture between Steve and Rod, both former English teachers. Having spent decades in the classroom, they are now happy to be dealing with those who do not need to be talked into the pleasures of literary history. Both are married, have children, and seem to be about 50 years old. Ben, who is in his early 30s and rapidly aging so as to catch up with his partners, joined the group in 2002, taking refuge from his past life as a website developer.


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