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The Writer’s Almanac for November 3, 2017: A November Sunrise

November 3, 2017: birthday: Ignatius Donnelly

It’s the birthday of novelist, orator, and social reformer Ignatius Donnelly (books by this author), born in Philadelphia (1831). He served in congress and published Atlantis in 1882, which traced the origins of human civilization to the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis. He went on to publish two more novels, and two books, The Great Cryptogram and The Cipher in the Plays and on the Tombstone (1888 &1899), which attempted to prove that Francis Bacon had written the works of Shakespeare.