Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1


1875 - Edgar Rice Burroughs
American author primarily known as the creator of Tarzan, but more recently as the author of the books that John Carter of Mars was based on.

1877 - Rex Beach
American novelist, playwright and Olympic water polo player.Most well known for The Spoilers, his 1906 novel about the Alaska gold rush, which was adapted to film five times.

1906 - Eleanor Hibbert
British author who wrote under various pen names. Her best-known pseudonyms were Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr; she also wrote under the names Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Anne Percival, and Ellalice Tate.

1942 - C.J. Cherryh
American Science fiction and fantasy author, who has won the Hugo award twice.

1945 - Scott Spencer
American author and journalist; two-time National Book Award nominee.

1967 - Siegfried Sassoon
1970 - Fran├žois Mauriac

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August 31


1885 - DuBose Heyward
American author best known for his 1935 novel Porgy, which was eventually adapted into plays, opera and films as Porgy and Bess.

1886 - Conrad Buff 
American children's author, who, with his wife Mary, was a Caldecott runner-up four times.

1908 - William Saroyan
American dramatist and author, many of whose works are based around the Armenian American Center in Fresno, CA.

1935 - Eldridge Cleaver
American writer and political activist; early leader of the Black Panther Party.

1946 - Jerome Corsi
American author and conspiracy theorist.

1982 - G. Willow Wilson
American author and comics writer; convert to Islam and current resident of Cairo.

1688 - John Bunyan
1867 - Charles Baudelaire
1896 - Elizabeth Coatsworth
1965 - E.E. Smith

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 30


1797 - Mary Shelley
English novelist best known for her work Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.

1901 - John Gunther
American journalist and author, most well known now for Death Be Not Proud, an account of his son's death to brain cancer.

1909 - Virginia Lee Burton
American children's author and illustrator, winner of the 1943 Caldecott Medal for The Little House.

 1925 - Laurent de Brunhoff
French author and illustrator who continued the popular series of children's books about Babar the elephant, which was created by his father, Jean de Brunhoff.

1938 - Donald Crews
American author and illustrator of children's books, and two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal.

1943 - Robert Crumb
More commonly known as R. Crumb, he was a founder of the underground comics movement.

1955 - Judith Tarr
American writer of fantasy novels. Also apparently breeds Lipizzan horses.

1985 - Taylor Caldwell
2006 - Naguib Mahfouz
2007 - Michael Jackson
2013 - Seamus Heaney

Friday, August 29, 2014

August 29


1632 - John Locke
English philosopher best known for his works on government, education, and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
American physician, poet and writer; one of the Fireside Poets group.

1862 - Maurice Maeterlinck
Belgian writer; winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Literature "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations"

1891 - Marquis James
American journalist and author; two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

1922 - John Edward Williams 
American author whose epistolary novel Augustus won the National Book Award in 1973.

1952 - Karen Hesse
American children's and YA author, who won the 1998 Newbery for Out of the Dust.

1954 - Michael P. Kube-McDowell
American science fiction novelist who has written in the Star Wars universe, as well as his own works.

1769 - Edmond Hoyle
1958 - Marjorie Flack
1979 - Gertrude Chandler Warner
1981 - Lowell Thomas

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 28


1749 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German writer, artist and politician, and man of generally unpronounceable last name.

1864 - Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe
American author and editor who won the 1925 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Barrett Wendell and His Letters.

1913 - Robertson Davies
Canadian novelist, "one of Canada's most well-known and popular writers." Nope, I hadn't heard of him either.

1915 - Tasha Tudor
American author and illustrator of children's books.

1916 - Jack Vance
American author of mostly science fiction. His first Hugo award was in 1963, his most recent 2010.

1917 - Jack Kirby
American comic book artist. Co-created the Captain America character. Comics' Jack Kirby Award is named for him.

1937 - Allen Say
Asian American children's author and illustrator, best know for his Caldecott award-winning Grandfather's Journey.

1948 - Vonda McIntyre
American science fiction author, who has written in both the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. Her novel The Moon and the Sun won a Nebula award in 1997.

1952 - Rita Dove
American poet and author, Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 1993-1995 and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

1978 - Bruce Catton
1978 - Robert Shaw 
1989 - John Steptoe
1995 - Michael Ende
1988 - Max Shulman
1993 - William Stafford

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27


1871 - Theodore Dreiser
American novelist, most well known for his novels Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy.

1899 - C.S. Forester
The pen name of English author Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, whose most famous work is his 12 book Horatio Hornblower series

1929 - Ira Levin
American author and dramatist, whose 1954 book A Kiss Before Dying won the Edgar award for best first novel.

1932 - Antonia Fraser
The pen name of Dame Antonia Margaret Caroline Fraser, an Anglo-Irish author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction.

1939 - William Least Heat-Moon
American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage ancestry. His most well known works are the travel trilogy that began with Blue Highways.

1959 - Jeanette Winterson 
British writer whose first work, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, won a Whitbread Award for Best First Novel.

1963 - W.E.B DuBois
1969 - Ivy Compton-Burnett
2011 - Stetson Kennedy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26


1880 - Guillame Apollinaire
French poet, playwright and novelist who coined the term Surrealism.

1901 - Eleanor Dark
Australian author whose best known work is The Timeless Land.

1903 - Caroline Pafford Miller
American author whose first novel, Lamb in His Bosom, won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize.

1904 - Christopher Isherwood
English-American novelist who was very involved with the Vedanta Society of Southern California.

1922 - Irving R. Levine
American journalist and longtime correspondent for NBC News. His three books on life in the Soviet Union each became bestsellers.

1952 - Will Shortz
American puzzle creator; since 1993, the crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times.

1957 - Nikky Finney
American poet; winner of the 2011 National Book Award for her collection Head Off & Split.

1963 - Stephen J. Dubner 
American journalist who co-wrote, with economist Steven Levitt, the book Freakonomics.

1945 - Franz Werfel
1974 - Charles Lindbergh
1977 - H.A. Rey
1989 - Irving Stone
1995 - John Brunner
2009 - Dominick Dunne