Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22


1870 - Ivan Bunin
Russian writer, first from his country to win the Nobel Prize in
Literature, in 1933 "for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic art."

1919 - Doris Lessing
British writer, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature for being "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny."

1920 - Timothy Leary
American psychologist and writer known for his advocacy of the use of psychedelic drugs.

1935 - Ann Rule
American author of true crime non-fiction.

1946 - Deepak Chopra
Indian-born American physician and writer.

1948 - Debbie Macomber 
American author of romance novels, known for her many different series.

1883 - Thomas Mayne Reid
1988 - Cynthia Freeman
1995 - Kingsley Amis
1998 - Eric Ambler

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21


1772 -Samuel T. Coleridge
English Romantic poet, best known for his works The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.

1894 - Edogawa Rampo
Pen name of Japanese author Tarō Hirai, who helped developed Japanese mystery fiction.

1914 - Martin Gardner
American popular math and science writer, who wrote a math games column in Scientific American for many years.

1929 - Ursula K. LeGuin
American science fiction and fantasy author, multiple winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.

1940 - Frances FitzGerald
American journalist and author, best known for her book Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam.

1947 - Ai
American poet Florence Anthony, who legally changed her name to Ai Ogawa and won the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry for Vice: New and Selected Poems.

1947 - Mary Pipher
American psychologist and author.

1952 - Patti Davis
American actress and author, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan.

1956 - Carrie Fisher 
American actress and author, most well known for her roles in the Star Wars series.

1969 - Jack Kerouac
2012 - George McGovern

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20


1854 - Arthur Rimbaud
French poet, most of whose works were created while he was still in his late teens.

1891 - Samuel Flagg Bemis
American historian and biographer, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes - one in history and one in biography.

1905 - Frederic Dannay
Alias of American writer Daniel Nathan, who with his cousin Manford Lepofsky (alias Manfred Bennington Lee) wrote as the fictional detective Ellery Queen.

1925 - Art Buchwald
American humorist best known for his long-running column in the Washington Post.

1940 - Robert Pinsky
American poet and translator, who was the United States Poet Laurate from 1997 to 2000.

1946 - Lewis Grizzard
American writer and humorist, known for his southern demeanor.

1946 - Elfriede Jelinek
Austrian playwright and novelist; winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature for her "musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that, with extraordinary linguistic zeal, reveal the absurdity of society's cliches and their subjugating power."

1955 - David Profumo
English novelist and 6th Baron Profumo.

1957 - Gennifer Choldenko
American children's author whose book Al Capone Does My Shirts won a 2005 Newbery Honor.

1958 - Lynn Flewelling
American fantasy author.

1890 - Sir Richard Francis Burton
2004 - Anthony Hecht
2010 - Eva Ibbotson

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19


1899 - Miguel Ángel Asturias
Guatemalan writer, winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize in literature "for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America."

1931 - Ed Emberley
American artist known for his children's instructional drawing books.

1931 - John le Carré
British author of espionage novels.

1936 - Sylvia Browne
American author, psychic and spirit medium.

1942 - Andrew Vachss
American attorney and author of crime fiction.

1943 - L.E. Modesitt
American science fiction author, best known for his series The Saga of Recluce.

1946 - Philip Pullman
British writer, most well known for his series His Dark Materials.

1955 - Dan  Gutman
American author, known for his & Me series of children's books.

1960 - Susan Straight
American novelist; finalist for the 2001 National Book Award for her book Highwire Moon.

1969 - John Edward 
American television psychic whose books tend to deal with the afterlife.

1745 - Jonathan Swift
1950 - Edna St. Vincent Millay
1999 - Nathalie Sarraute

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18


1859 - Henri Bergson
French philosopher, winner of the 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas and the brilliant skill with which they have been presented."

1878 - James Truslow Adams
American historian, winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Founding of New England.

1894 - H.L. Davis
American author and poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1936 for his novel Honey in the Horn.

1930 - Esther Hautzig
American author most well known for her book The Endless Steppe: Growing up in Siberia.

1946 - James Robert Baker
American author of satirical, gay-themed transgressional fiction.

1951- Terry McMillan
American author, some of whose novels, like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, were made into feature films.

1961 - Rick Moody
American novelist best known for his 1994 work The Ice Storm, which was adapted into the movie of the same name.

1964 - Charles Stross 
British author of science fiction, horror and fantasy.

1980 - Edwin Way Teale

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17


1903 - Nathanael West
American author and screenwriter, most well known for his novels Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of The Locust.

1910 - Ester Wier
American author, winner of a Newbery Honor in 1964 for The Loner.

1915 - Arthur Miller
American playwright, author of plays like Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.

1930 - Jimmy Breslin
American journalist and author, many of whose books focus on sports and life around New York City.

1948 - Robert Jordan 
Pen name of James Oliver Rigney Jr., American science fiction author best known for his The Wheel of Time series.

1974 - Ariel Levy
American journalist and author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs.

2005 - Ba Jin
2009 - Norma Fox Mazer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16


1758 - Noah Webster
American lexicographer and textbook author whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary."

1854 - Oscar Wilde
Irish writer and poet, well known for his witticisms.

1869 - Claude H. Van Tyne
American historian and winner of the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The War of Independence.

1888 - Eugene O'Neill
American playwright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Nobel Prize for Literature "for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy."

1908 - Olivia Coolidge
British and American author of books of children's history.

1919 - Kathleen Winsor
American romance author, best known for her novel Forever Amber.

1927 - Günter Grass
German novelist, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature because "his frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten side of history."

1945 - Paul Monette
American author and poet best known for his essays about gay relationships.

1946 - Suzanne Somers
American actress who also has a line of diet and heath books.

1950 - Elinor Lipman
American novelist and short story writer.

1954 - Lorenzo Carcaterra 
American writer whose book Sleepers was adapted into the film of the same name.

1937 - Jean de Brunhoff
1989 - Walter Farley
1989 - Scott O'Dell
1996 - Eric Malpass
1997 - James Michener