Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 28


1868 - Maxim Gorky
Russian/Soviet writer founder of the Socialist Realism literary movement.

1909 - Nelson Algren
American writer, best known for his 1949 novel The Man with the Golden Arm, which was adapted into a movie starring Frank Sinatra.

1924 - Byrd Baylor
American author of children's books, four of which were Caldecott Honor books.

1936 - Mario Vargas Llosa
Peruvian-Spanish writer; recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."

1948 - Jayne Ann Krentz
American author of romance novels, who also writes under her maiden name, Jane Quick, and a pseudonym, Amanda Quick.

1968 - Iris Chang
American historian and journalist best known for her 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking.

1970 - Jennifer Weiner
American author, much of whose fiction deals with women's issues.

1977 - Lauren Weisberger 
American author of the 2003 best seller The Devil Wears Prada.

1941 - Virginia Woolf 
1993 - Scott Cunningham
2000 - Anthony Powell
2012 - Harry Crews
2013 - Robert V. Remini

Friday, March 27, 2015

March 27


1892 - Thorne Smith
American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction; notably his two Topper novels, which were fairly racy for the 1930s.

1914 - Budd Schulberg
American novelist and screenwriter. Known more for his film work than his books, yet some of them were made into movies.

1922 - Barnaby Conrad
American artist and author, best known for his novel Matador.

1922 - Dick King-Smith
English author of children's books whose book The Sheep-Pig was published in the US as Babe The Gallant Pig, and adapted into the movie Babe.

1923 - Louis Simpson
Jamaican poet; winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for At the End of the Open Road.

1926 - Frank O'Hara
American poet; winner of the 1972 National Book Award for Poetry.

1942 - Michael Jackson
English writer and journalist; well known for his books on beer and whisky.

1952 - Dana Stabenow
American author most popular for her mysteries, usually set in Alaska.

1955 - Patrick McCabe 
Irish author whose dark novels are set in modern-day Ireland.

1962 - Kevin J. Anderson
American science fiction author, working in the Star Wars universe in addition to his own works.

1918 - Henry Adams
1931 - Arnold Bennett
1987 - Martin Provensen
2006 - Stanisław Lem
2009 - Irving R. Levine
2012 - Adrienne Rich

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 26


1859 - A.E. Housman
English classical scholar and poet, best known for his A Shropshire Lad poems.

1874 - Robert Frost
American poet, winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

1904 - Joseph Campbell
American writer and lecturer, known for his work in comparative mythology and religion.

1905 - Viktor Frankl
American neurologist and psychiatrist; his Man's Search for Meaning chronicles his time in a Nazi concentration camp.

1911 - Tenessee Williams
Pen name of Thomas Lanier Williams III, creator of many classics of American drama.

1930 - Gregory Corso
American poet, youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers.

1941 - Richard Dawkins
English evolutionary biologist, best known for his book The Selfish Gene and his outspoken views on religion.

1942 - Erica Jong
American author who pushed the boundaries of female sexuality with her 1973 novel Fear of Flying.

1943 - Bob Woodward
American journalist and author who, with Carl Bernstein, did much of the investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal.

1952 - T.A. Barron 
American author of fantasy literature for children and young adults.

1890? - B. Traven
1892 - Walt Whitman
1959 - Raymond Chandler
1969 - John Kennedy Toole
1979 - Jean Stafford
2000 - Alex Comfort
2011 - Diana Wynn Jones

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 25


1920 - Paul Scott
British writer, winner of the 1977 Booker Award for Staying On.

1925 - Flannery O'Connor
American author in the Southern Gothic style whose works dealt with questions of morality and ethics.

1934 - Gloria Steinem
American feminist and leader of the Women's Liberation movement in the 1960's and 70's.

1946 - Stephen Hunter
American author of thrillers, in particular the Bob Lee Swagger series. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his film reviews.

1958 - Susie Bright
American "sex-positive feminist" author.

1960 - Linda Sue Park
American author of teen fiction who won the 2002 Newbery Medal for A Single Shard.

1964 - Kate DiCamillo
American writer of children's fiction, most notably Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which were adapted into feature films.

1914 - Frédéric Mistral
1980 - James Wright

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24


1855 - Olive Schreiner
South African author best remembered for The Story of an African Farm.

1916 - Donald Hamilton
American author of pulp spy fiction, notably his Matt Helm series.

1919 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
American poet and founder of San Francisco's City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

1920 - Mary Stolz
American children's author, two-time Newbery Honor winner.

1923 - Michael Legat
British author of romance novels and guides for writers.

1924 - Vincent Cronin
British author of cultural histories and biography. Son of the novelist A.J. Cronin.

1926 - Dario Fo
Italian playwright, actor, director, and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature because he "emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden."

1970 - Erica Kennedy
African-American author, journalist and singer.

1882 - Henry W. Longfellow
1905 - Jules Verne
1993 - John Hersey

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23


1881 - Roger Martin du Gard
French author; winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Literature "for the artistic power and truth with which he has depicted human conflict as well as some fundamental aspects of contemporary life in his novel cycle Les Thibault."

1912 - Eleanor Cameron
American librarian and children's author.

1947 - Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
American science fiction author, Nebula Award winner and frequent collaborator with Anne McCaffrey.

1952 - Kim Stanley Robinson
American science fiction author best known for his Mars trilogy.

1968 - Mitch Cullin
American writer of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee descent.

1842 - Stendahl
1968 - Edwin O'Connor
1969 - Bernadotte Everly Schmitt
2001 - Robert Laxalt

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 22


1846 - Randolph Caldecott
British artist and illustrator; influential in children's book art. The Caldecott Medal is named in his honor.

1908 - Louis L'Amour
American author primarily known for his pioneering work in the western genre.

1910 - Nicholas Montserrat
British author whose work in the Royal Naval Reserve came out in his sea stories.

1931 - William Shatner
American sometime actor and author of the TekWar series of science fiction books.

1941 - Billy Collins
American Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003.

1946 - Rudy Rucker
American mathematician, computer scientist and one of the founders of cyberpunk fiction.

1947 - James Patterson
American author of thrillers, most famously his Alex Cross series.

1832 - Johann Wilhelm von Goethe
1991 - Paul Engle