Saturday, April 19, 2014

April 19

Born:
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.




Died:
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

Born:



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.




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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 17

Born:
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.




Died:
1840 - Hannah Webster Foster
2014 - Gabriel García Márquez

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 16

Born:



1844 - Anatole France
French poet, journalist, novelist and 1921 Nobel Prize winner "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound sense of sympathy, grace, and true Gallic temperament."








1891 - Dorothy P. Lathrop
American children's book author and illustrator, winner of the 1929 Newbery Medal for Hitty, Her First 100 Years.







1892 - Howard Mumford Jones
American writer and history professor, winner of the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction for O Strange New World.



1896 - Tristan Tzara
Romanian and French avant-garde poet.








1910 - Berton Roueché
American writer whose medical mysteries inspired many story lines of the television show House.







1922 - Kingsley Amis
English writer known for his comic novels. He wrote a single James Bond novel under the pseudonym Robert Markham.







1972 - Tracey K. Smith
African-American poet, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Life on Mars.




Died:
1859 - Alexis de Tocqueville
1968 - Edna Ferber
1972 - Yasunari Kawabata
1994 - Ralph Ellison

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15

Born:



1843 - Henry James
American-born writer, one of the key figures of 19th century literary realism.








1892 - Corrie ten Boom
Dutch author and Holocaust survivor, author of The Hiding Place about her ordeal.







1916 - Helene Hanff
American writer best known for her work 84, Charing Cross Road.








1931 - Tomas Tranströmer
Swedish poet, psychologist and translator; winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality."







1940 - Jeffrey Archer
English author and former politician who resigned amid scandal.




Died:
1888 - Matthew Arnold
1912 - Jacques Futrelle
1915 - Rupert Brooke
1927 - Gaston Leroux
1980 - Jean-Paul Sartre
1983 - Corrie ten Boom
1986 - Jean Genet
1996 - Leslie Charteris
2000 - Edward Gorey
2002 - Damon Knight
2009 - Clement Freud

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14

Born:



1935 - Erich von Däniken
Swiss author known for his theories about extraterrestrial origins put forth in books like Chariots of the Gods.







1946 - Mirielle Guiliano
French-American author whose French Women Don't Get Fat is a bestselling diet book.







1954 - Bruce Sterling
American science fiction author and early cyberpunk pioneer.








1960 - Tina Rosenberg
American journalist, winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction for The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism.



1961 - Daniel Clowes
American cartoonist and screenwriter, possibly best known for Ghost World.




Died:
1859 - Lady Morgan Sydney
1964 - Rachel Carson
1986 - Simone de Beauvoir

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13

Born:



1891 - Nella Larsen
American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance.








1902 - Marguerite Henry
American author and multiple Newbery winner, most famous for Misty of Chincoteague.







1906 - Samuel Beckett
Irish playwright and writer; winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which - in new forms for the novel and drama - in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation."








1909 - Eudora Welty
American author of fiction about the American south; 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner.







1922 - John Braine
English novelist; associated with the Angry Young Men movement.








1939 - Seamus Heaney
Irish poet, writer, translator and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past."







1940 - J.M.G. Le Clézio
French-Mauritian author, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.









1947 - Rae Armantrout
American poet associated with the Language Poets, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.



1949 - Christopher Hitchens
British author and journalist who concentrated on politics, literature and religion.



Died:
1695 - Jean de la Fontaine
1993 - Wallace Stegner
1997 - David McCord
2006 - Muriel Spark