The American Library Association awarded the first Newbery in 1922 to Hendrik Willem Van Loon for The Story of Mankind (1921).
- 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 is the Newbery behind the Newbery Medal? 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…
- 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…
- When did Thoreau live in his hut at Walden Pond? Thoreau lived in his hut at Walden Pond for two years from 1845 to 1847. His account of the experience, Walden, or Life in the Woods, appeared in 1854.
- Who was the first winner of the Bollingen Prize? The annual prize for poetry, the Bollingen Prize, was first awarded in 1949 to Ezra Pound for his Pisan Cantos (1948).