This Goodly Land

On This Day in Alabama Literary History

  • In 1811, Alabama author Hardin E. Taliaferro is born on a farm in Surry County, N.C.
  • In 1881, Alabama author T. S. Stribling is born in Clifton, Tenn.
  • In 1901, a dramatic version of Alabama author Mary Johnston's book To Have and To Hold opens on Broadway.
  • In 1935, a movie version of Alabama author Octavus Roy Cohen's book The Transient Lady is released.
  • In 1954, a television version of Octavus Roy Cohen's book Detective's Holiday is broadcast as part of the Four Stars Playhouse series.
  • In 1976, a radio version of Alabama author Ambrose Bierce's story "The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter" is broadcast as part of the series The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre.

From Sand Mountain to Bayou La Batre, Alabama’s literary heritage is as rich as its geography. This Goodly Land is a dynamic portal through which the world can explore Alabama’s diverse literary landscape. Join us on this tour of Alabama’s literary abundance, past and present.

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