- Katherine Mansfield died on 1/9/1923. “Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.”
- Countee Cullen died on 1/9/1946. Although best known as a poet, he also wrote the novel ‘One Way to Heaven’ (1932).
- Robinson Jeffers was born on 1/10/1887. “Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it.”
- Sinclair Lewis died on 1/10/1951. He was the first American awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1930).
- Dashiell Hammett died on 1/10/1961. The author of ‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘The Thin Man’ was involved with caustic playwright Lillian Hellman for 30 years.
- Thomas Hardy died on 1/11/1929. “A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.”
- Naomi Mitchison died on 1/11/1999. The Scottish writer, who lived to the age of 101, penned more than 90 books.
- Jack London was born on 1/12/1876. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
- Lorraine Hansberry died on 1/12/1965. Known for the still-popular ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, she died of cancer at 34.
- Agatha Christie died on 1/12/1976. “Very few of us are what we seem.”
- James Joyce died on 1/13/1941. “No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.”