Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 26


1856 - George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwright, the only person to have won both a Nobel Prize for Literature and a  Oscar (for his work adapting his play Pygmalion for the 1938 film of the same name.)

1875 - Carl Jung
Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology. An incredibly prolific writer; his collected works run to 19 volumes.

1894 - Aldous Huxley
English writer most well known for his novel Brave New World, and his advocacy of psychedelics. He died at age 69, several hours after JFK was assassinated, having had his wife inject him with LSD.

1897 - Paul Gallico
American novelist known for works like The Snow Goose and The Poseidon Adventure, which was adapted into the 1972 film.

1923 - Jan Berenstain
American author who, with her husband Stan, are known for creating the children's series The Berenstain Bears.

1928 - Bernice Rubens
Welsh novelist who won the Booker Prize in 1970 for The Elected Member. Her novel Madame Sousatzka was made into a film starring Shirley MacLaine.

1928 - Ibn-e-Safi
The pen name of Asrar Ahmed, an Indian writer of spy novels in Urdu. His most well-known series are Jasoosi Dunya and the Imran series. Died on this day in 1980.

1950 - Nicholas Evans
English journalist and author whose The Horse Whisperer was a bestseller in the United States.

1959 - Rick Bragg
American author and journalist, best known for his non-fiction and biography, like Ava's Man.

1915 - James Murray
1980 - Ibn-e-Safi
1999 - Walter Jackson Bate

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