Anniversaries in 2013
Here are some forthcoming anniversaries of famous (and a few not-so-famous) writers who I have read (in the original or translation). Note that mention of an author does not mean endorsement (e.g., I am hardly a fan of Henry Ford’s or Richard Wagner’s anti-semitic writings):
- 50th anniversary: Colin Channer, Martin L. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, Quentin Tarantino
- 100th anniversary: Benjamin Britten, Stuart J. Byrne, Sammy Cahn, Albert Camus, René Clément, Paul Erdős, Edith Fowke, Richard Helms, William Inge, Ralph Hammond Innes, Walt Kelly, Sergey Mikhalkov, Richard Nixon, Tillie Olsen, Barbara Pym, Muriel Rukeyser, Delmore Schwartz, Ulrich Ernst Simon, Abraham Sutzkever, Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield)
- 150th anniversary: Richard Dehmel, Henry Ford, Arno Holz, Anthony Hope, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Arthur Machen, George Santayana, Fyodor Sologub, Ernest Thayer, Mary Wooley
- 200th anniversary: Henry Ward Beecher, Hermann Kurz*, Richard Wagner
- 300th anniversary: Denis Diderot, Yechezkel Landau, Laurence Sterne
- 400th anniversary: François de La Rochefoucauld
- 800th anniversary: Fakhr-al-Din Iraqi
As you will note, I expended the list to include two famous speeches: King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Lincoln’s Gettysburgh Address. Women did rather badly this year in my list, with only 5 female entries, and so did blacks (3 entries) and those of East Asian descent (1 entry). Country statistics are: Algeria: 1, Britain: 4, Canada: 1, France: 3, Germany: 5, Hungary: 1, Ireland: 1, Israeli: 1, Jamaica: 1, Japan: 1, Persian: 1, Poland: 1, Russia/Soviet: 2, Spain: 1, US: 18.
I wonder how much celebration we will see of Wagner’s, Sterne’s, and Camus’s birthdays.
I found this site invaluable in searching birthdays.What anniversaries are important to you in 2013?
(*Note: a bit of Wikipedia vandalism dating back to May 2012 identifies Hermann Kurz as the teletubby “Tinky Winky.”)