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The Writer’s Almanac for October 6, 2017: After the Opera

October 6, 2017: on this day: PEN International founded

On this day in 1921, the organization PEN International was founded by novelist John Galsworthy and writer Catherine Dawson Scott, in London. PEN is an acronym for “poets, playwrights, editors, essayists, and novelists.” It promotes international intellectual exchange and good will among writers, and defends writers who are being persecuted by their governments.