July has lots of literary anniversaries in store. Major ones to look out for include Ernest Hemingway, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Marcel Proust, George Bernard Shaw, Gertrude Stein, Mikhail Lermontov and Beatrix Potter. Scroll down for a full list.
Clockwise from left: Marcel Proust, portrait by Jacques-Emile Blanche © leemage. Ernest Hemingway fishing for swordfish in Key West, Florida, 1929 © The Granger Collection. Mikhail Lermontov, 1941 portrait by Nikolai Ulyanov © culture-images
1 July – 100th death anniversary of Henry Lionel Field, 1st World War poet whose death anniversary falls on the date of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme (until 18 November 1916)
1 July – 100th birth anniversary of Olivia Mary de Havilland, American actress
2 July – 55th death anniversary of Ernest Hemingway, American novelist known for such books as A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea
7 July – 200th death anniversary of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright who was known for such successful plays as The Rivals and The School for Scandal.
10 July – 145th birth anniversary of Marcel Proust best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.
20 July – 200th death anniversary of Gavrila Derzhavin, Russian poet
22 July – 100th death anniversary of James Whitcomb Riley, best selling American writer and poet famous for his children’s books, such asLittle Orphan Annie and The Raggedy Man.
26 July – 160th birth anniversary of George Bernard Shaw the Irish playwright who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.
27 July – 70th death anniversary of Gertrude Stein, American novelist famous for her book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, published in 1933.
27 July – 175th death anniversary of Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and author of A Hero of Our Time
28 July – 150th birth anniversary of Beatrix Potter, British children’s writer famous for her stories of animals such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and her conservation work in the Lake District of England.