Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28


1908 - Ian Fleming
English naval intelligence officer and author of the James Bond spy novels.

1912 - Patrick White
English-born Australian writer, winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature."

1916 - Walker Percy
American author whose works were set in the American south, particularly Louisiana.

1940 - Maeve Binchy
Irish novelist whose books often revolve around life in small-town Ireland.

1947 - Zahi Hawass
Egyptian archaeologist, author of many books on Egyptology.

1947 - Richard White
American historian and author specializing in the history of the American West.

1955 - Geoffrey A. Landis
American NASA scientist and hard science fiction author.

1955 - Laura Amy Schlitz
American children's author whose book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! won the 2008 Newbery Medal

1843 - Noah Webster
1849 - Anne Brontë
2002 - Mildred Benson
2014 - Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 27


1867 - Arnold Bennett
English novelist who has an omelette named after him at the Savoy Hotel in London.

1894 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Pen name of French novelist Louis Feridinand August Destouches, best known for the semi-autobiographical Journey to the End of Night.

1894 - Dashiell Hammett
American author of hard-boiled detective novels, creator of the Sam Spade character as well as Nick and Nora Charles (and their crossword favorite dog Asta.)

1907 - Rachel Carson
American marine biologist and conservationist whose 1962 book Silent Spring helped advance the environmental movement.

1912 - John Cheever
American novelist and short story writer whose fiction is usually set in the American suburbs or in Italy.

1915 - Herman Wouk
American author whose The Caine Mutiny won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1925 - Tony Hillerman
American author of detective novels; primarily his Navajo Tribal Police mysteries.

1930 - John Barth
American novelist and short story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictional qualities of his work.

1934 - Harlan Ellison
American author of speculative fiction; multiple winner of Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.

1940 - Edmund Morris
American writer, winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Theodore Roosevelt.

1945 - Anthony Pagden
American author, translator and professor.

1966 - Heston Blumenthal
English chef and cookbook author.

1867 - Thomas Bulfinch
1939 - Joseph Roth
1949 - Robert Ripley
1957 - Robert Lawson
1974 - Kurt Wiese

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 26

1887 - Leonard Bacon
American poet; winner of the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Sunderland Capture.

1915 - Antonia Forest
Pseudonym of British children's book author Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubenstein, best known for her Marlow series.

1933 - Edward Whittemore
American novelist whose major work was the Jerusalem Quartet.

1934 - Sheila Greenwald
American children's book author, creator of the Rosy Cole series.

1947 - Carol  O'Connell
American author of the Kathy Mallory crime fiction novels.

1954 - Alan Hollinghurst
British novelist and poet, winner of the 2004 Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty.

1964 - Caitlín Kiernan
Irish-born American paleontologist and author of dark fantasy.

1914 - Jacob Riis
2003 - Kathleen Winsor
2012 - Leo Dillon
2013 - Jack Vance

Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25


1803 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
English novelist, poet and playwright, perhaps best known for the opening line "It was a dark and stormy night."

1803 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
American essayist and poet of the Transcendentalist movement.

1899 - Boris Artzybasheff
Russian-born AMerican illustrator, winner of a Newbery Medal for his work on Dhan Gopal Mukerji's Gay-Neck.

1908 - Theodore Roethke
American poet who won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book The Waking.

1927 - Robert Ludlum
Best-selling American author of thriller novels.

1932 - John Gregory Dunne
American novelist; younger brother of author Dominick Dunne and husband of author Joan Didion.

1935 - W.P. Kinsella
Canadian novelist best known for his work Shoeless Joe, which was adapted into the film Field of Dreams.

1936 - David Levering Lewis
American historian, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History.

1938 - Raymond Carver
American short story writer, known for minimalism and dirty realism.

1938 - Joyce Carol Thomas
African-American poet, playwright and children's author.

1949 - Jamaica Kincaid
Caribbean novelist, born Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson.

1952 - Al Sarrantonio
American horror and science fiction author and anthologist.

1953 - Eve Ensler
American feminist playwright and author, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues.

1967 - Poppy Z Brite
Pen name of American author Billy Martin (born Melissa Ann Brite), known for his gothic horror featuring gay and bisexual characters.

2003 - Sloan Wilson

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 24


1892 - Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
American children's author who won the 1933 Newbery Award for Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze.

1898 - Kathleen Hale
British children's author known for the the Orlando the Marmalade Cat books.

1905 - Mikhail Shokolov
Soviet Russian novelist, winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the artistic power and integrity with which, in his epic of the Don, he has given expression to a historic phase in the life of the Russian people."

1940 - Joseph Brodsky
Russian poet and essayist; winner of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature "for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity."

1963 - Michael Chabon
American author whose The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1968 - Mo Willems
American children's book author and illustrator, best known for his Pigeon books.

2002 - Wallace Markfield
2015 - Tanith Lee

Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 23


1891 - Pär Lagerkvist
Swedish author; winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Literatur"for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind."

1898 - Scott O'Dell
American author primarily of young adult fiction; best known for the 1961 Newbery Award winning Island of the Blue Dolphins.

1910 - Margaret Wise Brown
American author of classic children's books.

1918 - Walter Jackson Bate
American literary critic known for two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies, of John Keats and Samuel Johnson.

1921 - James Blish
American science fiction and fantasy author.

1933 - Joan Collins
British soap opera actress and author.

1935 - Susan Cooper
English-born American author of children's books, best known for The Dark Is Rising series.

1936 - Peter Parnall
American children's author and illustrator.

1958 - Mitch Albom
American author whose books often have an inspirational theme.

1958 - Paul Street
American journalist, author and political commentator.

1967 - Sean Williams
Australian NYT bestselling science fiction author.

1906 - Henrik Ibsen
1988 - Aya Kitō