Today is the birthday of Oscar Wilde, born in 1854. He was an Irish writer and poet. fter writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.
As it's National Library Week, we thought we'd have a little root around in our Out Of Print Library in Oxford to see if we could find an old bookish treasure that our library is keeping safe. And look! What a cover! This is our 1962 edition (we believe) of The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, translated by Harry Carter.
Charles Cros (1842 – 1888). He was a French poet and inventor. He was born in Fabrezan, Aude, France, 35 km to the East of Carcassonne. Cros was a well-regarded poet and humorous writer. He developed various improved methods of photography including an early color photo process. He also invented improvements in telegraph and Paleophone technology