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It’s a red-letter day for the world of literature. Novelists Charles Dickens (1812-1870), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), and Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) were all born on this date. The British writer, Dickens, wrote of life in Victorian England; Wilder based her books on what it was like to grow up on the American frontier; and Lewis satirized the middle-class American lifestyle of the 1920s. Dickens’ stories reveal the influence growing up in poverty had on his life. Wilder, on the other hand, depicted a wonderful and adventurous childhood. In 1930, Lewis became the first American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.