Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29

Born:



1737 - Thomas Paine
English-American political activist and writer.




1860 - Anton Chekov
Russian dramatist and author, known for his short stories.








1866 - Romain Rolland
French writer, winner of the 1915 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to the lofty idealism on his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings."







1867 - Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Spanish novelist mostly known in the English-speaking world for Hollywood adaptations of his works.



1915 - Bill Peet
American children's book author and illustrator, also a writer for Disney.








1923 - Paddy Chayefsky
American screenwriter known for his television and movie treatments, who also wrote the science fiction novel Altered States.







1927 - Edward Abbey
American author of environmental fiction and essays.








1930 - Christopher Collier
American historian and author of books for children and adults, a Pulitzer nominee and a Newbery Honor winner.



1943 - Rosemary Wells
American author of children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series.







1954 - Oprah Winfrey
American media magnate and sometime author.






Died:
1763 - Louis Racine
1888 - Edward Lear
1944 - William Allen White
1956 - H.L. Mencken
1963 - Robert Frost
2004 - M.M. Kaye
2008 - Margaret Truman
2015 - Colleen McCullough

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