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We know of 7 events of note in literature and the arts that occurred on January 11:

  • Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter and sculptor, died on this day in 1966.
  • On this day in 1672, Isaac Newton was elected a member of Royal Society.
  • On this day in 1804, the Sussex Examiner reported that the English poet and mystic William Blake was tried on charges of sediton for having said insulting remarks to one of the King's soldiers and having said "Damn the king and damn his soldiers."
  • On this day in 1892, French painter Paul Gauguin married a 13-year-old Tahitian girl.
  • On this day in 1925, Aaron Copland's First Symphony was premiered by a Paris ensemble directed by Nadia Boulanger, his teacher.
  • On this day in 1928, English novelist Thomas Hardy died. His stature as a giant of literature merited a resting place for his ashes in Westminster Abbey, adjacent to Dickens'. But his family wanted a part of his mortal coil brought back to his native Dorsetshire. His family agreed that his heart could be interred in a cemetery there, next to his first wife's grave. An elderly cousin was given the canister containing the heart the night before the burial. Her cat sniffed it out, knocked the canister over, and ate Hardy's heart. The cousin put the lid back on, and unbeknownst to the world, the empty vessel was buried. The cousin did not confess until years later.
  • On this day in 1935, American literary critic Edmund Wilson wrote to John Dos Passos that he had visited Gertrude Stein in Paris and found "the whole setup rather creepy."