Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 23


1868 - Edgar Lee Masters
American poet, biographer and dramatist, most well known for his poetry collection Spoon River Anthology.

1884 - Will Cuppy
American humorist, known for his satirical books about nature and historical figures.

1897 - Henry F. Pringle
American historian whose 1931 biography of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

1943 - Nelson DeMille
American author of thriller novels, quite often set on Long Island, NY. A few of his books have been adapted into big-budget films.

1966 - Charley Boorman
English adventurer and travel writer, known for his motorcycle journeys with his friend Ewan McGregor.

1999 - James White
2001 - Peter Maas
2012 - James Fogle
2012 - Josepha Sherman

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 22


1778 - James Kirke Paulding
Early American writer, contemporary and friend of Washington Irving, and former Secretary of the Navy.

1893 - Dorothy Parker
American poet and writer known for her satiric wit.

1920 - Ray Bradbury
American science fiction writer best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the short story collections The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.

1935 - E. (Edna) Annie Proulx
American author whose novel The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was made into the Hollywood film of the same name.

1947 - Will Hobbs
American author of young adult fiction.

1955 - Will Shetterly
American fantasy and science fiction writer best known for his 1997 novel Dogland.

1964 - Diane Setterfield
British author whose 2006 debut novelThe Thirteenth Tale, became a New York Times#1 bestseller.

1970 - Charlie Connelly
British author of humorous and enlightening travel narratives. He's been compared to Bill BrysonTony Hawks and Tim Moore.

1904 - Kate Chopin
1958 - Roger Martin du Gard
1979 - James T. Farrell
1987 - Joseph P. Lash
2009 - Elmer Kelton
2012 - Nina Bawden

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 21


1886 - Ruth Manning-Sanders
British poet and author whose children's books collected and retold fairy tales from around the world.

1897 - Constance McLaughlin Green 
American historian; winner of the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for History for Washington, Village and Capitol 1800-1878.

1908 - M.M. Kaye
May Margaret (Mollie) Kaye was a British writer, best known for her 1978 novel The Far Pavillions.

1920 - Don E. Fehrenbacher
American historian; winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Dred Scott Case.

1929 - X. J. Kennedy 
American poet and author of children's literature and writing guides. He added the "X" as a first initial to distinguish himself from Joseph P. Kennedy.

1937 - Robert Stone
American novelist who won the 1975 National Book Prize for Fiction for his book Dog Soldiers.

1940 - Ernest Thayer
1943 - Henrik Pontoppidan
2007 - Siobhan Dowd

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 20


1881 - Edgar Guest
English-born American poet, known in the early 20th century as The People's Poet.

1890 - H.P. Lovecraft
American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, best known for his Cthulhu Mythos cycle and the fictional grimoire The Necronomicon.

1901 - Salvatore Quasimodo
Italian author and poet who won the 1959 Nobel Prize for Literature "for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times."

1918 - Jacqueline Susann
American author know for her best-selling novels like Valley of the Dolls.

1951 - Greg Bear
American science fiction author known for his many different series.

1961 - Greg Egan
Australian science fiction author who writes most in the sub-genre of hard science fiction.

1975 - Marcus Mastin
American author whose thriller titles pay homage to 1980s rock hits.

2001 - Sir Fred Hoyle 
2009 - Karla Kuskin
2012 -
Phyllis Diller
2013 - Elmore Leonard

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August 19


1689 - Samuel Richardson
English writer and printer whose three main novels were written in epistolary style.

1902 - Ogden Nash
American poet known for his humorous verse.

1903 - James Gould Cozzens
American author known for his penchant for privacy. His Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1949.

1930 - David G. Compton
British author of science fiction, mystery and crime novels, all under different pseudonyms.

1930 - Frank McCourt
Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, best known as the author of Angela's Ashes.

1944 - Jack Canfield
American motivational speaker and author, best known as the co-creator of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

1950 - Mary Doria Russell
American novelist who has written in both historical fiction and science fiction.

1961 - Jonathan Coe
English author of political satires like What a Carve Up!

1936 - Federico García Lorca
1967 - Hugo Gernsback

Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18


1925 - Brian Aldiss
English author of ficiton and science fiction. His influential works include the short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long", the basis for the Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

1934 - Vincent Bugliosi
American attorney and author, best known for the prosecution of Charles Manson.

1944 - Paula Danziger
American children's author, most well known for her Amber Brown series.

1945 - Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr.
American Marine Corps officer and attorney whose autobiography Fortunate Son won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

1967 - Brian Michael Bendis
American comics writer, most well known for his work in the Ultimate Marvel universe.

1974 - Nicole Krauss
American author; wife of author Jonathan Safran Foer. Not to be confused with Nicola Kraus, whose birthday was yesterday.

1850 - Honoré de Balzac
1981 - Anita Loos
1990 - B.F. Skinner
2007 - Magdalen Nabb

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17


1863 - Gene Stratton-Porter
American author and naturalist. Her novel  A Girl of the Limberlost, taking place in and around her beloved Limberlost Swamp in Indiana, has been adapted into film four times.

1896 - Oliver Waterman Larkin
American art historian who won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Art and Life in America.

1930 - Ted Hughes
English poet and children's writer, Poet Laureate of Britian from 1984-1998. Was married to Sylvia Plath. His children's novel The Iron Man was adapated into the animated film The Iron Giant.

1932 - V.S.Naipaul
Indo-Trinidadian-British writer known for his novels focusing on the legacy of the British Empire's colonialism.

1945 - Rachel Pollack
American science fiction author and tarot expert.

1953 - Herta Müller
Romanian-born German writer; winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature because she, "with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed."

1954 - Kirby Larson
American author of children's books, whose Hattie Big Sky won a 2007 Newbery Honor.

1959 - Jonathan Franzen
American novelist whose 2001 work The Corrections was  Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist.

1974 - Nicola Kraus
American novelist who, with Emma McLaughlin, wrote the popular Nanny Diaries.

1935 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
1973 - Conrad Aiken
2004 - Thea Astley