Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 27


1867 - Arnold Bennett
English novelist who has an omelette named after him at the Savoy Hotel in London.

1894 - Louis-Ferdinand CĂ©line
Pen name of French novelist Louis Feridinand August Destouches, best known for the semi-autobiographical Journey to the End of Night.

1894 - Dashiell Hammett
American author of hard-boiled detective novels, creator of the Sam Spade character as well as Nick and Nora Charles (and their crossword favorite dog Asta.)

1907 - Rachel Carson
American marine biologist and conservationist whose 1962 book Silent Spring helped advance the environmental movement.

1912 - John Cheever
American novelist and short story writer whose fiction is usually set in the American suburbs or in Italy.

1915 - Herman Wouk
American author whose The Caine Mutiny won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

1925 - Tony Hillerman
American author of detective novels; primarily his Navajo Tribal Police mysteries.

1930 - John Barth
American novelist and short story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictional qualities of his work.

1934 - Harlan Ellison
American author of speculative fiction; multiple winner of Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.

1940 - Edmund Morris
American writer, winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Theodore Roosevelt.

1945 - Anthony Pagden
American author, translator and professor.

1966 - Heston Blumenthal
English chef and cookbook author.

1867 - Thomas Bulfinch
1939 - Joseph Roth
1949 - Robert Ripley
1957 - Robert Lawson
1974 - Kurt Wiese
2018 - Gardner Dozois


  1. Very glad to have this literary calendar, thank you!

    Perhaps if you linked your book-cover photos to Amazon, you could make a few pennies ...

    1. That's not a bad idea, thanks! Sounds like a bunch of work, but I've started on it....