Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 29


1805 - Alexis de Tocqueville
French political thinker, best known for his two-volume work Democracy in America.

1869 - Booth Tarkington
American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.

1900 - Eyvind Johnson
Swedish author who shared the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature with Harry Martinson "for a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom."

1905 - Stanley Kunitz
American poet; winner of the 1955 National Book Award for Poetry and the U.S. Poet Laureate in both 1974 and 2000.

1909 - Samm Sinclair Baker
American author of many how-to and self-help books; notably The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet.

1909 - Chester Himes
African-American writer, two of whose works, Cotton Comes to Harlem and A Rage in Harlem, have been made into movies.

1918 - Edwin O'Connor
American author whose The Edge of Sadness won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1962.

1918 - Mary Lee Settle
American author who won the 1978 National Book Award for her novel Blood Tie.

1945 - Sharon Creech
American author of children's fiction who has won both the Newbery Medal (for Walk Two Moons) and the Carnegie Medal.

1960 - Didier Van Cauwelaert
French author whose 1994 novel Un Aller Simple won the Prix Goncourt.

1970 - Adele Griffin
American author of young adult fiction, two of whose novels have been National Book Award finalists.

1972 - Wil Wheaton
American actor, writer, and general internet good guy.

1974 - Erich Kästner

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28


1866 - Beatrix Potter
English author and illustrator who became famous for her children's stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

1887 - Willard Price
Canadian-born American author whose Adventure series followed the travels of teenage zoologists Hal and Roger Hunt.

1909 - Malcolm Lowry
English poet and novelist who was best known for his novel Under the Volcano, which was voted No. 11 in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels list.

1927 - John Ashbery
American poet who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

1932 - Natalie Babbitt
American author of children's books, whose novels Tuck Everlasting and The Eyes of the Amaryllis have both been made into movies.

1945 - Jim Davis
American cartoonist, known for the Garfield cartoon strips and books.

1946 - Robert Asprin
American science fiction and fantasy author, known for his humorous series.

1956 - John Feinstein
American sportswriter, whose books mainly focus on basketball and golf.

1959 - William T. Vollman
American novelist who won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for his novel, Europe Central.

1960 - Jon J. Muth
American children's and comic artist, known for his painted techniques.

1963 - Michael Ruhlman
American author and foodie icon, who has written about the restaurant industry and collaborated on fine cookbooks.

1655 - Cyrano de Bergerac
1965 - Edogawa Rampo
2001 - Ahmed Sofa
2006 - David Gemmell
2012 - Carol Kendall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 27


1824 - Alexandre Dumas (fils)
Son of the French author of the same name, his works have not attained the same acclaim. His novel La Dame aux camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), however, was adapted by Verdi into the opera La Traviata.

1835 - Giosuè Carducci
Italian poet; winner of the 1906 Nobel Prize for Literature "not only in consideration of his deep learning and critical research, but above all as a tribute to the creative energy, freshness of style, and lyrical force which characterize his poetic masterpieces."

1870 - Hilaire Belloc
Anglo-French writer who was one of the most important "Men of Letters" in the early twentieth century.

1929 - Jack Higgins
Main pen name of the UK novelist Harry Patterson. He has written in many different series, most recently the  Sean Dillon novels.

1949 - Robert Rankin
British author of humorous novels who refers to his genre as "Far Fetched Fiction." His fan club is called "The Order of the Golden Sprout."

1958 - Kate Elliott
Pen name of American science fiction and fantasy author Alis A. Rasmussen

1973 - Cassandra Clare
American author of young adult fiction, known for her series The Mortal Instruments.

1946 - Gertrude Stein

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 26


1856 - George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwright, the only person to have won both a Nobel Prize for Literature and a  Oscar (for his work adapting his play Pygmalion for the 1938 film of the same name.)

1875 - Carl Jung
Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. An incredibly prolific writer; his collected works run to 19 volumes.

1894 - Aldous Huxley
English writer most well known for his novel Brave New World, and his advocacy of psychedelics. He died at age 69, several hours after JFK was assassinated, having had his wife inject him with LSD.

1897 - Paul Gallico
American novelist known for works like The Snow Goose and The Poseidon Adventure, which was adapted into the 1972 film.

1923 - Jan Berenstain
American author who, with her husband Stan, are known for creating the children's series The Berenstain Bears.

1928 - Bernice Rubens
Welsh novelist who won the Booker Prize in 1970 for The Elected Member. Her novel Madame Sousatzka was made into a film starring Shirley MacLaine.

1928 - Ibn-e-Safi
The pen name of Asrar Ahmed, an Indian writer of spy novels in Urdu. His most well-known series are Jasoosi Dunya and the Imran series. Died on this day in 1980.

1950 - Nicholas Evans
English journalist and author whose The Horse Whisperer was a bestseller in the United States.

1959 - Rick Bragg
American author and journalist, best known for his non-fiction and biography, like Ava's Man.

1915 - James Murray
1980 - Ibn-e-Safi
1999 - Walter Jackson Bate

Friday, July 25, 2014

July 25


1896 - Josephine Tey
Pen name of Scottish mystery author Elizabeth Mackintosh.

1901 - Ruth Krauss
American author of children's books, most well known for The Carrot Seed.

1905 - Elias Canetti
Bulgarian born writer, who wrote in German and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981 for "writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power."

1905 - Denys Watkins-Pitchford
British children's writer and illustrator who wrote under the pseudonym BB. Known for works like Little Grey Men.

1964 - Anne Applebaum
American journalist and author; winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for her non-fiction.

1973 - Mur Lafferty
American podcaster and author of speculative fiction.

1834 - Samuel T. Coleridge
1966 - Frank O'Hara
2009 - Stanley Middleton

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 24


1802 - Alexandre Dumas
French adventure novelist whose famous works include The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

1857 - Henrik Pontoppidan
Danish realist writer; co-winner of the 1917 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark."

1878 - Edward Plunkett
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany was an Irish author who mostly wrote in the fantasy genre. Many of his novels took place in a land called Pegāna.

1886 - Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
A major figure in modern Japanese literatre, and known for works like Some Prefer Nettles and The Makioka Sisters.

1895 - Robert Graves
English poet, novelist and classical translator and scholar. Most well known for his historical novel I, Claudius, which has been adapted to film, radio and theater.

1900 - Zelda Fitzgerald
Wife of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, she published one novel of her own, Save Me the Waltz.

1916 - John D. McDonald
American crime and suspense novelist, whose best known works include the Travis McGee series, and The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear.

1935 - Aaron Elkins
American author of mysteries featuring forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver.

1936 - Albert Marrin
American historian and prolific author of children's non-fiction books.

1939 - Barry N. Maltzberg
American science fiction author, who also published in other genres under pseudonyms.

1950 - Arliss Ryan
American novelist of historical fiction.

1955 - Brad Watson
American author whose 2002 book The Heaven of Mercury was a finalist for the National Book Award.

1991 - Isaac Bashevis Singer