Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9


1890 - Karel Čapek
Czech writer, known as the popularizer of the word "robot."

1908 - Simone de Beauvoir
French writer and philosopher known for her influence on early feminism.

1919 - William Morris Meredith
American poet; U.S. Poet Laureate from 1978-80.

1928 - Judith Krantz
Jewish-American romance novelist, who did not start writing until she was almost 50.

1931 - Algis Budrys
Lithuanian-American science fiction author who wrote under various pseudonyms.

1933 - Wilbur Smith
Rhodesian-born novelist, most of whose novels center on Africa and Egypt.

1936 - Anne Rivers Siddons
American novelist who writes stories set in the southern United States.

1938 - Stuart Woods
American author of fiction and mystery, whose largest series is centered around New York lawyer Stone Barrington.

1942 - John Dunning
American writer, best known for his mystery series involving Denver bookseller Cliff Janeway.

1954 - Phillippa Gregory
Kenyan-born British author of historical fiction, most famously 2001's The Other Boleyn Girl.

1959 - Rigoberta Menchú
Guatemalan activist, author and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

1923 - Katherine Mansfield
1930 - Edward Bok
1946 - Countee Cullen
1982 - Marya Zaturenska
1996 - Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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