EDGAR ALLEN POE: On this date, in 1845, Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous work, The Raven, was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. He later sued the Mirror for libel and won after it’s editor, Hiram Fuller, a noted enemy of Poe, published articles attacking Poe in May and June 1846. Poe was awarded $225. plus another $100 for court costs, a pretty healthy sum back then. Poe died in the streets of Baltimore 4 1/2 years later, on Oct 7th, 1849.
J.D. (Jerome David) SALINGER: Born New Years day in 1919, Mr. Salinger, best known for his book, The Catcher in the Rye (1951), passed away on January 27, 2010 (last Wednesday). For me, his best work was his short story, A Perfect Day for Bananafish, first published in 1948 and the opening story in his outstanding collection, Nine Stories (1953). Mr. Salinger, uncomfortable with the acclaim and notoriety that came with the success of The Catcher in the Rye, became a recluse in later years. His last published work was a novella entitled “Hapworth 16, 1924,” which appeared in The New Yorker in 1965.