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March 20 Stowe's Cabin, Home & Abroad [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published. At least one publisher turned the book down on the grounds that a novel by a woman on such a controversial subject was too risky. He must have regretted it: the novel sold 10,000 copies in the first week, 300,000 copies in a year, and became America's first million-seller. It also brought Stowe hate mail -- in one case, a black, human ear.
March 19 Not So Great Gatsby Titles [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1924, feeling that he had finally found the ideal title for his new novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald enthusiastically wired his editor, Max Perkins, that he was "CRAZY ABOUT TITLE UNDER THE RED WHITE AND BLUE...." Not as crazy as her husband about this one, or about "The High Bouncing Lover," or " Among the Ash Heaps," Zelda (and Perkins) eventually talked him into The Great Gatsby.
March 18 Updike's Long-Run Rabbits [premium membership required]
  On this day in 1932 John Updike was born. In a writing career of almost fifty years and as many books, the five Rabbit novels (counting the 2000 novella, Rabbit Remembered) stand out as a bell tolling, at decade intervals, for Harry Angstrom and America. Two of them won Pulitzers; one of them was reviewed as a book "that one can set beside the work of Dickens, Thackeray, George Eliot, Joyce and not feel the draft."

February 20, 2018
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