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American writer Susan Sontag dies at 71

In 1964, Susan Sontag published her 1st major work, the essay called Notes on Camp. She was active in writing and speaking about areas of conflict, including the Vietnam War and the Siege of Sarajevo. She died from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome which had evolved into acute myelogenous leukemia.

Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen

Ted Hughes was an English poet and children's writer. Hughes was appointed Poet Laureate following Sir John Betjeman. It was later known that Hughes was the second choice for the appointment. Philip Larkin, the preferred nominee, had declined, because of ill health, dying a year later.

Neil Simon's 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' premieres in NYC

Last of the Red Hot Lovers premiered on Broadway at the Eguene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 706 performances. Directed by Robert Moore, the original cast featured James Coco, Linda Lavin, Doris Roberts, and Marcia Rodd. The play, Coco, Lavin, and Moore all were nominated for Tony Awards.

Tennessee Williams' 'Night of the Iguana' premieres in NYC

The Night of the Iguana premiered on Broadway at the Royal Theatre, where it ran for 316 performances. It starred Patrick O'Neal, two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis, and Margaret Leighton. Two film adaptations have been made, including the Academy Award-winning film directed by John Huston.

George Kaufman & Moss Hart's 'Royal Family' premieres in NYC

The Royal Family premiered on Broadway at the Selwyn Theatre, where it ran for 345 performances. The story is a parody of the Barrymore family of actors, with particular aim taken at John Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore. It was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1927–1928.

George Bernard Shaw's 'St Joan' premieres in NYC

Saint Joan is a play by George Bernard Shaw about 15th-century French military figure Joan of Arc premiering three years after her canonization by the Roman Catholic Church. The play premiered at Garrick Theatre in New York City.

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