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1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita

6 December

Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York City, and in 1959 in London. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. Continue reading “1953 – Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel Lolita”

1918 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor born (d. 2014)

30 November

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (30 Nov, 1918 – 2 May, 2014) was an American actor known for his starring roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. He is also known as recurring character “Dandy Jim Buckley” in the series Maverick and as the voice behind the character Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series and associated spin-offs. He also voiced Doctor Octopus from the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, and Justin Hammer from the second season of 1994 Iron Man animated series. Continue reading “1918 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor born (d. 2014)”

1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd

2 November

R v. Penguin Books Ltd was the public prosecution at the Old Bailey of Penguin Books under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 for the publication of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Continue reading “1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd”

1828 – Leo Tolstoy born

9 September – On this day

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was born on this day in 1828 (Died – 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

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