The Dead Writers Round-Up: 24th-27th January

  • Edith Wharton was born on 1/24/1862. “Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”
  • Vicki Baum was born on 1/24/1888. Her novel, ‘Menschen im Hotel’ supplied the basis for the 1932 Hollywood film, ‘Grand Hotel’. Starring John and Lionel Barrymore, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford (along with many others), it was one of the first big budget all-star productions.
  • Robert Burns was born on 1/25/1759. “Dare to be honest and fear no labor.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham was born on 1/25/1874. “Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.”
  • Virginia Woolf was born on 1/25/1882. “A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.”
  • Ouida died on 1/25/1908. Her novel ‘Under Two Flags’ has been adapted for the screen 5 times, the 1936 version starring Ronald Colman and Claudette Colbert being the most famous.
  • Lewis Carroll was born on 1/27/1832. “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end. Then stop.”

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4 thoughts on “The Dead Writers Round-Up: 24th-27th January

  1. Love this Dead Writers Round-Up. I wrote my master’s thesis on the adaptation of a nineteenth century US dime novel and the mythology surrounding the tale. I also love the nineteenth century (Austenite, too….I may have an Austen-themed tote bag) and am a fellow bibliophile. Cheers! I’m glad you found my whimsical blog! You’ve inspired me to (soon) do a book recommendation or review.


    • Thanks! As you can see, I am a bit behind on The Dead Writers Round-Up. Hopefully, I will be caught up soon. I fell in love with your blog as soon as I discovered it earlier today. I am a totally unapologetic bibliophile; it’s always nice to meet others like myself. I look forward to reading any book reviews you do! Keep in mind that we welcome guest reviewers/posters on A Small Press Life. Have a wonderful evening and thanks again for stopping by and following us.


      • Oh, I would love to do a guest review sometime soon! Although, could I do something relatively new (within ten years) or even write up something about an older book (nineteenth century)? I only read a few new books every 6 months!


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