Sunday, February 8, 2015

February 8


1819 - John Ruskin
English art critic of the Victorian Era, known for his five volume work Modern Painters.

1828 - Jules Verne
French author and pioneer in the science fiction genre.

1850 - Kate Chopin
American novelist and short story writer, most known for her novel The Awakening.

1911 - Elizabeth Bishop
American poet and writer; Pulitzer and National Book Award winner and U.S. Poet Laureate from 1959 to 1950.

1924 - Lisel Mueller
American poet, also a winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

1926 - Neal Cassady
Majorn figure of the Beat Generation, the model for the Dean Moriarty character in Kerouac's On The Road.

1955 - John Grisham
American author of bestselling legal thrillers.

1969 - Mary Robinette Kowal
American science fiction author and puppeteer.

1998 - Halldór Laxness
1999 - Iris Murdoch
2008 - Phyllis A. Whitney

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