John Newbery (1713-67) of England was one of the first publishers to publish books for children.
The Newbery Medal, established in his name in 1921, is awarded each year for the best American children’s book.
- What works earned Edith Wharton her Pulitzer prizes? The first woman to receive the award twice, Edith Wharton was awarded the Pulitzer in Literature in 1920 for The Age of Innocence and in Drama in 1935 for The Old Maid.
- Who was the last president to be elected without winning the largest share of the popular vote? Benjamin Harrison, Republican, in 1888, was the last president to be elected without winning the largest share of the popular vote. Fewer ballots were cast for him at the polling booth than for…
- Who received the first Newbery Medal? The American Library Association awarded the first Newbery in 1922 to Hendrik Willem Van Loon for The Story of Mankind (1921).
- Who had the most number of wives in history? Mongkut of Siam, the king in The King and I, had 9,000 wives and concubines. King Solomon, by contrast, had only 700.
- Who was the other orator at the Gettysburg cemetery on the day Lincoln delivered his famous address? The principal speaker at the ceremonies dedicating the military burial ground at the Gettysburg cemetery on November 19, 1863, was Edward Everett, former governor of Massachusetts and famous orator. His speech lasted about…
- Who wrote “Candy is dandy But liquor is quicker”? Ogden Nash wrote the ditty in 1931. In 1968, he updated it: Candy is dandy But liquor is quicker. Pot is not.