||We know of 4 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on April 17:
- American writer Thornton Wilder was born on this day in 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin. His novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928. His play Our Town is one of the most-often-performed plays in the American repertory. A close reading of this 1938 work shows a decided leftist drift. It presents the carpe diem theme as well as any other play. His more experimental play The Skin of Our Teeth presents the same notion and affirms the human spirit.
- Danish writer Isak Denisen was born on this day in 1884. Her life was depicted in Out of Africa. On the same day, Thomas Hardy finished wain."
- Edmund Montgomery, Scottish-born philosopher and botanist, died on this day at his plantation Liendo near Hempstead in 1911. He was the wife of German-born sculptor Elisabet Ney.
- The 17th century Metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan was born on this day in Wales in 1622.