The most significant events in the history of books on the 9th of October
1906: Léopold Sédar Senghor is born. A Senegalese poet, he would become the first president of that country in 1960.
1938: John Sutherland is born. A retired Professor of English Literature, he has published extensively on Victorian fiction in particular, and is the author of Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives, a monumental and hugely entertaining book we’d heartily recommend. He is also the author of The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction, an invaluable and informative resource which every fan of Victorian literature cannot afford to be without. It contains information about famous and forgotten Victorian novelists and the books they wrote – everyone from Marie Corelli to Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charles Dickens to Charles Lever.