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August 28, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Arna Bontemps Birthplace

TheMount Arno Bontemps was born in the city of Alexandria, Louisiana on October 13, 1902 to Charlie Bontemps and Marie Pembrooke Bontemps, a Louisiana Creole family. Bontemps was a prolific writer as well as a librarian. He received attention for his novels, God Sends Sunday (1931), and Black Thunder (1936). He also wrote the play St. Louis Woman (1946) with Countee Cullen. Through his authorship, librarianship and bibliographic work, Bontemps became a leading figure in establishing African-American literature as a legitimate object of study and preservation.

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  • Bruno Bettelheim (1903-1990), Australian-born American child psychologist and writer
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  • Robertson Davies (1913-1995), Canadian writer (The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks, Fifth Business, The Manticore, What's Bred in the Bone, The Lyre of Orpheus)
  • Janet Frame (1924-2004), New Zealand author (An Angel at My Table, To the Is-and, The Envoy from Mirror City, Owls Do Cry, Faces in the Water, A State of Siege)
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