Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29


1737 - Thomas Paine
English-American political activist and writer.

1860 - Anton Chekov
Russian dramatist and author, known for his short stories.

1866 - Romain Rolland
French writer, winner of the 1915 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to the lofty idealism on his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings."

1867 - Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Spanish novelist mostly known in the English-speaking world for Hollywood adaptations of his works.

1915 - Bill Peet
American children's book author and illustrator, also a writer for Disney.

1923 - Paddy Chayefsky
American screenwriter known for his television and movie treatments, who also wrote the science fiction novel Altered States.

1927 - Edward Abbey
American author of environmental fiction and essays.

1930 - Christopher Collier
American historian and author of books for children and adults, a Pulitzer nominee and a Newbery Honor winner.

1943 - Rosemary Wells
American author of children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series.

1954 - Oprah Winfrey
American media magnate and sometime author.

1763 - Louis Racine
1888 - Edward Lear
1944 - William Allen White
1956 - H.L. Mencken
1963 - Robert Frost
2004 - M.M. Kaye
2008 - Margaret Truman
2015 - Colleen McCullough

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 28


1873 - Colette
Last name of Sidonie-Gabriel Collette, French novelist and performer best known for her novel Gigi.

1915 - Nien Cheng
Chinese author whose Life and Death in Shanghai recounts her experiences in China's Cultural Revolution.

1927 - Vera Williams
American children's writer and illustrator, best known for her book A Chair for My Mother.

1928 - Philip Levine
American poet, winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

1935 - David Lodge
English author and literary critic whose novels satirize campus life.

1936 - Ismail Kadare
Albanian writer and poet, winner of the International Booker Prize.

1945 - John Perkins
American author best known for his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

1954 - Rick Warren
American evangelical pastor and author, whose book The Purpose Driven Life has sold over 30 million copies.

1959 - Megan McDonald
American author of children's books, most notably the Judy Moody series.

1939 - W.B. Yeats
1960 - Zora Neale Hurston
1978 - Ward Moore
1996 - Joseph Brodsky
2002 - Astrid Lindgren

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 27


1832 - Lewis Carroll
Pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English writer, logician and deacon who is most well known for his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

1939 - Julius Lester
American author primarily of books for children and young adults.

1949 - Ethan Mordden
American author whose fiction centers on New York gay culture.

1955 - Alexander Stuart
British-born, Los Angeles based writer whose most famous work is The War Zone on which the film was based.

1958 - James Grippando
American novelist and lawyer, known for his crime and legal fiction.

1851 - John James Audubon
1940 - Isaak Babel
2009 - Blair Lent
2009 - John  Updike
2010 - J.D. Salinger
2010 - Howard Zinn
2013 - Stanley Karnow

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26


1929 - Jules Feiffer
American cartoonist and winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize.

1949 - Jonathan Carroll
American author of magical realist novels.

1951 - Laurence Shames
American author of Florida-based fiction and mystery novels.

1974 - Shannon Hale 
American author of young adult fantasy.

2000 - A.E van Vogt

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 25


1759 - Robert Burns
Scottish poet of the Romantic era; known as the national poet of Scotland.

1874 - W. Somerset Maugham
British writer, one of the most popular novelists of his generation.

1882 - Virginia Woolf
English writer of the Modernist movement; member of the Bloomsbury group.

1905 - Margery Sharp
English author best known for her children's story The Rescuers, which was later adapted into two Disney movies.

1935 - J. G. Farrell
Irish author, two of whose Empire trilogy titles won the Booker Prize.

1950 - Gloria Naylor
African-American novelist, most well known for her debut novel, The Women of Brewster Place.

1970 - Stephen Chbosky
American novelist, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

1908 - Ouida
2011 - Vincent Cronin

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24


1776 - E.T.A. Hoffmann
German Romantic author whose novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was adapted into the ballet The Nutcracker.

1862 - Edith Wharton 
American novelist, winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Literature for The Age of Innocence.

1889 - Charles Hawes
American author of sea stories; the first American-born winner of the Newbery Medal, for his 1923 The Dark Frigate.

1931 - Leonard Baker
American author, winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Days of Sorrow and Pain: Leo Baeck and the Berlin Jews.

1944 - David Gerrold
American science fiction author and screenwriter best known for his "The Trouble With Tribbles" Star Trek episode.

1965 - Winston Churchill
1986 - L. Ron Hubbard 
1991 - Jack Schaefer
1998 - Walter D. Edmonds

Friday, January 23, 2015

January 23


1783 - Stendahl 
French writer known for realism and novels like The Charterhouse of Parma.

1923 - Walter M., Jr. Miller 
American science fiction author, now known primarily for his only novel, A Canticle for Liebowitz.

 1935 - Derek Walcott 
Saint Lucian poet and playwright, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment."

1935 - Tom Reamy
American author known for dark fantasy in the 1970's.

1789 - John Cleland
1875 - Charles Kingsley
1993 - Keith Laumer