Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22


1869 - Edwin Arlington Robinson
American poet, winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.

1905 - Kenneth Rexroth
American poet and Beat influencer, although he disliked the label.

1936 - James Burke
British author and science historian, known for his documentary television series Connections.

1937 - Charlotte Lamb
Pen name of Sheila Holland, British author of romantic fiction.

1939 - Jerry Pinckney
American children's book illustrator, winner of the 2010 Caldecott for The Lion & the Mouse.

1947 - Brian Daley
American science fiction novelist, known for his Star Wars adaptations.

1951 - Charles de Lint
Canadian science fiction and fantasy author, popularizer of early urban fantasy.

1957 - Susan Powter
Australian-born motivational speaker whose "Stop the insanity" was an 80's catchphrase.

1880 - George Eliot
1940 - Nathanael West
1943 - Beatrix Potter
1974 - Sterling North
1989 - Samuel Beckett

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 21


1872 - Albert Payson Terhune
American author and dog breeder, known for - well, books about dogs.

1892 - Rebecca West
Pen name of Cicely Isabel Fairfield, who wrote in a wide variety of literature.

1905 - Anthony Powell
English novelist best known for his twelve-volume work A Dance to the Music of Time.

1917 - Heinrich Böll
German author, winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his writing through which its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature."

1942 - Anthony Summers
Irish biographer and Pulitzer Prize finalist.

1964 - Daniel Suarez
American author of technothrillers like Daemon and Freedom™.

1940 - F. Scott Fitzgerald
1996 - Margaret Rey

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20


1838 - Edwin Abbott Abbott
English schoolmaster and theologian, best known for the satirical novella Flatland.

1951 - Peter May
Scottish novelist known for his crime fiction.

1954 - Sandra Cisneros
American novelist, acclaimed for her first novel The House on Mango Street.

1960 - Nalo Hopkinson
Jamaican science fiction and fantasy author.

1954 - James Hilton
1968 - John Steinbeck
1991 - Simone Beck
1996 - Carl Sagan

Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19


1875 - Carter Woodson
African-American historian and author, often called the father of Black history.

1901 - Oliver La Farge
American author and anthropologist, whose novel Laughing Boy won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1910 - Jean Genet
French novelist and political activist.

1923 - Robert V. Bruce
American historian, winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Launching of American Science, 1846-1876.

1928 - Eve Bunting
Irish author of books for children and young adults.

1944 - Richard Leakey
Son of Richard and Mary Leakey, and a paleoanthropologist in his own right.

1960 - Daniel Silva
American author of thriller and espionage novels.

1967 - Paul Harding
American musician and author whose debut novel Tinkers won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1975 - Brandon Sanderson
American science fiction and fantasy author who finished the writing of Robert Jordan'Wheel of Time series.

1848 - Emily Brontë
1986 - V.C. Andrews
1989 - Stella Gibbons

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 18


1870 - Saki
Pen name of British writer Hector Hugh Munro, known for his witty short stories.

1913 - Alfred Bester
American science fiction author, winner of the first ever Hugo award.

1935 - Jacques Pépin
French chef, author and television personality, author of a number of cookbooks.

1939 - Michael Moorcock
English author of scifi, fantasy and literary novels.

1950 - Leonard Maltin
American film critic and author.

1995 - Ross Thomas
2007 - Bill Strauss

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 17


1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier
American Quaker poet and abolitionist.

1873 - Ford Madox Ford
English writer now best known for his novel The Good Soldier.

1903 - Erskine Caldwell
American Southern author who wrote about poverty and racism in books such as Tobacco Road.

1916 - Penelope Fitzgerald
English novelist of historical fiction.

1929 - William Safire
American writer, known for his novels and works on writing and politics.

1937 - John Kennedy Toole
American novelist, best known for his posthumously published A Confederacy of Dunces, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

1944 - Jack Chalker
American science fiction author of numerous series.

1945 - Jacqueline Wilson
British author of children's books.

1957 - Dorothy Sayers
1970 - Oliver Waterman Larkin
1999 - C. Vann Woodward

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 16


1775 - Jane Austen
English novelist of romantic fiction set among Britain's landed gentry.

1863 - George Santayana
Pen name of Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, Spanish-American writer known for pithy quotations.

1895 - Marie Hall Ets
American children's book writer and illustrator, who won a Caldecott Medal in 1960 for the illustrations to Nine Days to Christmas.

1917 - Arthur C. Clarke
British science fiction writer whose conceptualizations in fiction sometimes led to real-world science.

1924 - Nicolas Sidjakov
Latvian-born American illustrator who won the 1961 Caldecott Medal for his work on Baboushka and the Three Kings.

1928 - Philip K. Dick 
American science fiction writer, known for his dystopian futures and subsequent movie adaptations.

1930 - Bill Brittain
American author most well known for his writings of the fictional New England town on Coven Tree, of which The Wish Giver was a Newbery Honor book in 1984.

1956 - E.B. Lewis
American illustrator and two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for his children's book illustration.

1859 - Wilhelm Grimm
1897 - Alphonse Daudet
1965 - W. Somerset Maugham
1998 - William Gaddis
2005 - Kenneth Bulmer