At right, Scribner's New York City headquarters at the end of Burlingame's career, as it looks today. This building is at 597 Fifth Avenue; an older Scribner Building is farther downtown, at 153-157 Fifth Avenue.
Before the festivities end, it's worth noting that Putnam's was not only a book publisher, but an important magazine publisher as well, producing several titles bearing its name between 1853 and 1910. Among its more famous contributions: Herman Melville's classic "Bartleby, the Scrivener."
Today (May 27) is the birthday of John Kendrick Bangs, editor of Harper's Weekly, literary editor of the old Life magazine, humorist, unsuccessful Congressional candidate, and pioneering fantasy writer, born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1862. Despite his many careers, Bangs lived only to age 59, dying after intestinal surgery.
A biography is "John Kendrick Bangs: Humorist of the Nineties," by his son, Francis Hyde Bangs (Knopf, 1941).
A federal court jury awarded Senator Barry Goldwater $1 in compensatory damages and $75,000 in punitive damages in his libel suit against Fact magazine on this day (May 25) in 1968. The magazine had questioned Goldwater's sanity in 1964, the year he ran for president. Included in Fact's coverage was its exclusive survey of psychiatrists, in which the majority willing to offer an opinion declared Goldwater mentally unfit to serve as president. One lasting upshot of this case was the American Psychiatric Association's Goldwater Rule, which says it is unethical for psychiatrists to pass judgment on people they have not personally examined.
On this day (May 22), back in 1929, newspapers reported the arrest of Robert Elliott Burns, 38-year-old editor and publisher of Greater Chicago, a local business magazine. Much to the surprise of his fellow Chicagoans, who considered him a civic leader, Burns had escaped from a Georgia chain gang in 1922 after serving several months of a six-year sentence for his role in a grocery store holdup. Returned to Georgia to finish his sentence, Burns escaped once more and, while in hiding, wrote a popular 1932 book called "I Am a Fugitive From a Georgia Chain Gang!" Later that year, Burns' book was made into a movie of the same title, minus the "Georgia," which the state had objected to. Eventually pardoned by a sympathetic Georgia governor, Burns finished out his days as a tax consultant in New Jersey.