Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25


1803 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
English novelist, poet and playwright, perhaps best known for the opening line "It was a dark and stormy night."

1803 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
American essayist and poet of the Transcendentalist movement.

1899 - Boris Artzybasheff
Russian-born AMerican illustrator, winner of a Newbery Medal for his work on Dhan Gopal Mukerji's Gay-Neck.

1908 - Theodore Roethke
American poet who won the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book The Waking.

1927 - Robert Ludlum
Best-selling American author of thriller novels.

1932 - John Gregory Dunne
American novelist; younger brother of author Dominick Dunne and husband of author Joan Didion.

1935 - W.P. Kinsella
Canadian novelist best known for his work Shoeless Joe, which was adapted into the film Field of Dreams.

1936 - David Levering Lewis
American historian, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History.

1938 - Raymond Carver
American short story writer, known for minimalism and dirty realism.

1938 - Joyce Carol Thomas
African-American poet, playwright and children's author.

1949 - Jamaica Kincaid
Caribbean novelist, born Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson.

1952 - Al Sarrantonio
American horror and science fiction author and anthologist.

1953 - Eve Ensler
American feminist playwright and author, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues.

1967 - Poppy Z Brite
Pen name of American author Billy Martin (born Melissa Ann Brite), known for his gothic horror featuring gay and bisexual characters.

2003 - Sloan Wilson

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