Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 23


1895 - Ngaio Marsh
New Zealand crime writer and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

1902 - Halldór Laxness
Icelandic writer, the only from that country to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland."

1923 - Avram Davidson
American writer of fantasy, science fiction and mystery.

1926 - J.P. Donleavy
Irish American novelist and playwright.

1948 - Charles R. Johnson
American author, winner of the National Book Award in 2000 for Middle Passage.

1948 - Pascal Quignard
French author, winner of the 2002 Prix Goncourt for his novel Les Ombres errantes.

1954 - Michael Moore
American filmmaker, author and social commentator.

1969 - Arthur Phillips
Jewish American novelist and five-time Jeopardy champion.

1616 - William Shakespeare
1850 - William Wordsworth
1915 - Robert Brooke
1941 - Charles Edward Russell
1965 - George Adamski
1996 - P.L. Travers
2007 - Paul Erdman
2007 - David Halberstam

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22


1707 - Henry Fielding
English writer best known for the novel Tom Jones.

1724 - Immanuel Kant
German philosopher whose major work was Critique of Pure Reason.

1817 - Germaine de Staël
French "woman of letters", revolutionary and opponent of Napoleon.

1873 - Ellen Glasgow
American novelist who chronicled the Southern states.

1887 - Kurt Wiese
German illustrator whose style was influenced by his travels in the Orient. Winner of the Newbery Award for Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze.

1899 - Vladimir Nabokov
Russian-American novelist and lepidopterist, best known for his 1955 novel Lolita.

1933 - Paula Fox
American children's author; 1974 Newbery Award winner for The Slave Dancer.

1943 - Janet Evanovich
American writer of romance and mysteries, author of the best-selling Stephanie Plum series.

1943 - Louise Glück
American poet; U.S. Poet Laureate from 2003-2004.

1946 - Paul Davies
English physicist and popular science author.

1951 - Andrew Hudgins
American poet; Pulitzer Prize finalist.

1616 - Miguel de Cervantes
1984 - Ansel Adams
1986 - Mircea Eliade
1996 - Erma Bombeck

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21


1816 - Charlotte Brontë
English novelist, and the oldest of the three sisters. Her Jane Eyre was originally written under the pen name Currer Bell.

1922 - Alistair MacLean
Scottish novelist, three of whose thriller were made into action films in the 1960's.

1936 - James Dobson
American evangelical Christian author and founder of Focus on the Family.

1939 - Helene Prejean
American Roman Catholic sister, death penalty abolition advocate, and author of the book Dead Man Walking.

1946 - Patrick Rambaud
French author, winner of the 1997 Prix Goncourt for his book The Battle (La Bataille.)

1947 - Barbara Park
American author of children's books, in particular the Junie B. Jones series.

1910 - Mark Twain
1948 - Aldo Leopold

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 20


1918 - Edward L. Beach Jr.
American Navy submarine officer and author best known for his novel Run Silent, Run Deep.

1939 - Peter S. Beagle
American fantasy author whose best known work is The Last Unicorn, which he adapted into an animated film.

1943 - Ian Watson
British science fiction writer.

1944 - Philip Margolin
American author of legal thrillers.

1953 - Robert Crais
American author of detective fiction, notably the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series.

1953 - Sebastien Faulks
British novelist known for his historical novels set in France, as well as a recent James Bond novel.

1912 - Bram Stoker

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 19

1832 - José Echegary
Spanish engineer, statesman and dramatist, co-winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize for Literature "in recognition of the numerous and brilliant compositions which, in an individual and original manner, have revived the great traditions of the Spanish drama."

1900 - Richard Hughes
British novelist, poet and playwright.

1824 - Lord Byron
1882 - Charles Darwin
1989 - Daphne du Maurier
1998 - Octavio Paz
2009 - J.G. Ballard
2013 - E.L. Konigsberg

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18


1864 - Richard Harding Davis
American war journalist and author of fiction and non-fiction.

1915 - Joy Davidman
American child prodigy poet and writer.

1947 - Kathy Acker
American feminist poet and writer.

1959 - Susan Faludi
American feminist writer, winner of the Pulitzer prize for her work in journalism.

1974 - Marcel Pagnol
2002 - Thor Heyerdahl
2008 - William W. Warner

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17

1870 - Ray Stannard Baker
American journalist and author who wrote under the pen name David Grayson, and won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his work on Woodrow Wilson.

1885 - Karen Blixen
Danish author known by her pen name, Isak Dinesen, and for the novel Out of Africa.

1891 - George Adamski
Polish-born American known for his books on ufology.

1897 - Thornton Wilder
American playwright and novelist, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

1949 - Beverly Lewis
American novelist of Christian fiction; particularly dealing with Amish and Mennonite communities.

1957 - Nick Hornby
English novelist, many of whose books have been recently adapted into films.

1840 - Hannah Webster Foster
2014 - Gabriel García Márquez