Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2


1877 - Herman Hesse
German-Swiss poet, novelist and painter. Most famous works include Steppenwolf and Siddhartha. Won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946 "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style."

1919 - Jean Craighead George
American author of children's and young adult literature, most well known for My Side of the Mountain and it's sequels.

1923 - Cyril M. Kornbluth
American science fiction author who wrote under a variety of aliases; a frequent collaborator with Frederick Pohl.

1923 - Wisława Szymborska-Włodek
Polish poet; winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."

1951 - Jack Gantos 
American author of children's books, creator of the Rotten Ralph character.

1964 - Elizabeth Graver
American author whose The End of the Point was a National Book Award nominee in 2013.

1972 - Darren Shan
The pen name of Darren O'Shaughnessy, an Irish author of young adult novels, most notably The Saga of Darren Shan and the Cirque du Freak books.

1974 - Matthew Reilly
An Australian action thriller writer.


1566 - Nostradamus
1778 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1961 - Ernest Hemingway
1977 - Vladimir Nabokov
1999 - Mario Puzo
2010 - Beryl Bainbridge

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1


1633 - Johann Heinrich Heidegger
A Swiss theologian, who wrote in Latin, mainly against the Catholic church.

1646 - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
German mathematician and philosopher. Known for his Discourse on Metaphysics as well as his contributions to Formal logic and the invention of calculus. Also thought of as one of the founders of library science.

1804 -George Sand
The pen name of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, a a French novelist. A prolific writer, she is now known more for her progressive views and scandalous behavior.

1869 - William Strunk, Jr.
An English grammarian, known for The Elements of Style, which was revised by his student, E.B. White.

1887 - Amber Reeves
British feminist writer and scholar, also known for her extramarital relationship with H.G. Wells.

1892 - James M. Cain
American author and journalist, associated with the hardboiled crime fiction genre.

1915 - Jean Stafford
American author whose Collected Stories won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1955 - Lisa Scottoline
American author of legal thrillers. The second book in her Rosato & Associates series, Final Appeal,  won an Edgar award in 1995.

1981 - Genevieve Valentine
American science fiction and fantasy author whose first novel is Mechanique.

1896 - Harriet Beecher Stowe
1961 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline
1965 - Robert Ruark
2014 - Walter Dean Myers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 30


1908 - Winston Graham
English novelist, best known for his Poldark series of historical fiction.

1911 - Czesław Miłosz
Polish poet and writer, winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature because he "with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts."

1934 - Harry Blackstone, Jr.
American stage and television magician, and author of books on magic.

1940 - David McPhail
American author and illustrator of children's book's. Known for his animal characters like pigs and bears.

1943 - Ahmed Sofa
Bangladeshi writer and intellectual.

1959 - Daniel Goldhagen
American author whose has written controversial books on the role of the German people during the Holocaust.

1899 - E.D.E.N. Southworth
1973 - Nancy Mitford
2003 - Robert McCloskey

Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29


 1900 - Antoine de Saint-Expury
A French writer, poet and aviator best known for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince.)

1912 - John Toland
American author and historian best known for his biography of Adolf Hitler and his Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II Japan, The Rising Sun.

1921 - Frédéric Dard
A French crime novelist, author of the San-Antonio series of mysteries.

1861 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
1990 - Irving Wallace 
2007 - Fred Saberhagen

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 28


1712 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
A philosopher, writer and composer from Geneva, known for many wide-ranging works. They include EmileConfessions, and On the Social Contract.

1867 - Luigi Pirandello
Italian writer who won the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage."

1891 - Esther Forbes
An American author and children's writer. Her biography of Paul Revere won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1943, but her best known work is the children's novel Johnny Tremain, set during the American Revolutionary War.

1909 - Eric Ambler
A British author of spy novels. Known for The Mask of Dimitrios (AKA A Coffin for Dimitrios), which was the basis for a few films including Topkapi and The Pink Panther.

1920 - A. E. Hotchner
American novelist and biographer, co-founder of Newman's Own foods with actor Paul Newman.

1934 - Bette Greene
American author of books for children and young adults, best known for her 1973 book Summer of My German Soldier.

1952 - Jean-Christophe Rufin
French physician and novelist; one of the founders of Doctors without Borders.

1970 - Tom Merritt
American podcaster and author of several science fiction titles.

1985 - Lynd Ward
2003 - Joan Lowery Nixon
2004 - Anthony Buckeridge

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 27


1850 - Lafcadio Hearn
Ionian-born international writer best known for his books about Japan, where he was known as Koizumi Yakumo.

1872 - Paul Lawrence Dunbar
African-American writer much of whose work was written in dialect.

1880 - Helen Keller
American author and political activist for the deaf and blind. Her early autobiography, Story of my Life, was adapted into a number of works about her.

1896 - Helen Sewell
American children's book author and illustrator whose The Thanksgiving Story was a 1955 Caldecott Honor book.

1906 - Catherine Cookson
British novelist, known for her fiction based in northeast England. She also wrote under the pen names Catherine Marchant and Katie McMullen, and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

1928 - James Lincoln Collier
American musician and author of children's book like My Brother Sam is Dead, which was a 1974 Newbery Honor book.

1929 - Peter Maas
American journalist and author of non-fiction, notably several mafia biographies.

1936 - Lucille Clifton
American poet and writer, winner of the 2000 National book award for Poetry and Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985.

1939 - Ivan Doig
American novelist, known for his regional historic fiction.  His Montana series, including Dancing at the Rascal Fair, are his best known works.

1949 - James P. Hogan
British author of hard science fiction.

1951 - Anita Diamant
American author who began in non-fiction, writing Guides about contemporary Jewish practice. She had a big hit with her debut novel, The Red Tent, which became a New York Times bestseller.

1953 - Alice McDermott
American author who won the National Book Award for her 1998 novel Charming Billy.

1956 - Scott Cunningham
American author of books on Wicca and alternative religions.

1971 - Jo Frost
English nanny, television personality and author of books on child rearing.

1946 - Wanda Gág
2001 - Tove Jansson
2005 - Shelby Foote

Friday, June 26, 2015

June 26


1892 - Pearl S. Buck
An American writer, known for The Good Earth, which won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. Much of her time was spent in China, where she was known as Sai Zhenzhju ( 賽珍珠)

1905 - Lynd Ward
An American artist and storyteller, known for his wordless novels illustrated with woodcuts and watercolors.Won the Caldecott Medal in 1950 and 1953 (The Biggest Bear), and also illustrated two Newbery Medal winners.

1914 - Laurie Lee
English poet and novelist whose best known work was an autobiographical trilogy.

1915 - Charlotte Zolotow
American author of children's books, mother of the author Crescent Dragonwagon.

1916 - Virginia Satir
American author and psychotherapist, know for her work in family therapy.

1922 - Walter Farley
American author, known for his Black Stallion series.

1931 - Colin Wilson
English author of both fiction and non-fiction, whose philosophical works he calls phenomenological existentialism.

1936 - Edith Pearlman
American short story writer who was a 2011 finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction.

1936 - Nancy Willard
American Children's author, who won the Newbery Medal in 1982 for A Visit to William Blake's Inn.

1943 - Warren Farrell
American author of books on men's and women's issues.

1939 - Ford Madox Ford
1957 - Malcolm Lowry
2012 - Nora Ephron
2014 - Mary Rodgers