Today in Literary History – January 12, 1628 – Charles Perrault, the “Father of Mother Goose,” is born

Charles Perrault, the “Father of Mother Goose,” who brought the world the stories of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and many others, was born in Paris on January 12, 1628, the son of a wealthy lawyer. Perrault himself was later to become an influential  lawyer and government functionary. He was an aide to …

Today in Literary History – January 5, 1987 – Margaret Laurence, beloved Canadian writer, dies

The beloved Canadian novelist and short story writer Margaret Laurence died on January, 5, 1987, by suicide at the age of sixty. Laurence, a lifelong smoker had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and chose to take her own life in order to spare herself and her family a prolonged and painful death. Laurence was …