Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. Austen grew up close to her family. She attended a boarding school for a time until a bad bout of typhus and financial restraints sent her back home. As a teenager, Austen began writing stories in bound notebooks.
In her adulthood, Austen helped run the family home, attended cotillions, and continued writing. She published such famous novels as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility under the pseudonym “A Lady.” Today, however, the name “Jane Austen” is known and beloved worldwide.
Though Austen died in 1817, her books continue to delight readers of all ages. Listed below are just a few of her books that are available here at the library:
Maurice Sendak was born on June 10th, 1928 in New York City. Sendak excelled at art as a child; he would often draw illustrations while sick at home. When Sendak grew older, he began to illustrate children’s books. In 1956, the first book that was both illustrated and written by Sendak was published: Kenny’s Window. 1968 would see one of Sendak’s most popular and renowned books: Where The Wild Things Are (a Caldecott medal winner).
Some of Sendak’s other well-known books include:
Sendak has also lent his illustrations to many children’s books, including The Moon Jumpers and Brundibar.
In 2012, Sendak died at age 83. However, his books and illustrations for children will continue to delight kids for generations.
Click here to see which Sendak books the library has to offer.
Toni Morrison was born on February 18th, 1931. She grew up in Loraine, Ohio, and went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. Morrison has been a professor, editor, and a writer. Her writing themes include profound thoughts on race, justice, family ties, infidelity, love, jealousy, and personal freedom.
Morrison has also won the distinguished awards of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for her intense novel, Beloved. Further, in 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In fact, Morrison has won so many awards for her accomplishments that this blog post doesn’t quite do her justice- visit her Wikipedia page for a full list of the awards.
Some of Morrison’s most famous books include:
Each of these books are available in the library- you can learn more about them by clicking on the links above.
The author of such classic childhood favorites Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain was born on this day in 1919. Jean Craighead George was a reporter, author, and, above all, a nature-lover. George published over 100 novels during her writing career, most of them about and for children. Her research in Alaska inspired her Julie of the Wolves trilogy, the first book of which won the Newberry Medal, and George won over 20 different awards for her literature.
George died in May 2012 and was posthumously inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in November 2016.
The library holds several of George’s most famous works. They are located in the Family Room in the Logos. A complete list of the library’s holdings written by Jean Craighead George can be found here.
Prolific authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner are remembered on their birthdays this weekend.
Fitzgerald, born September 24, 1896, penned such famous works as The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and This Side of Paradise.
Faulkner, born September 25, 1897, wrote Southern literature such as The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, and As I Lay Dying.
Be sure to check out these author collections and more at the library.
The Family Room is currently featuring an art installation by Union alumnus Katherine Crutcher Motta. The pieces combine bright colors and unique typography with quotes from famous children’s books. The artwork will be on loan for the Spring 2016 semester.
Most of the artwork is available for purchase; please see Janice Baumgardner (Room 107) or Melissa Moore (Room 105) for pricing and availability. Katherine Crutcher Motta also has an Etsy shop and takes custom orders. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.