Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29


1805 - Alexis de Tocqueville
French political thinker, best known for his two-volume work Democracy in America.

1869 - Booth Tarkington
American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.

1900 - Eyvind Johnson
Swedish author who shared the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature with Harry Martinson "for a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom."

1905 - Stanley Kunitz
American poet; winner of the 1955 National Book Award for Poetry and the U.S. Poet Laureate in both 1974 and 2000.

1909 - Samm Sinclair Baker
American author of many how-to and self-help books; notably The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet.

1909 - Chester Himes
African-American writer, two of whose works, Cotton Comes to Harlem and A Rage in Harlem, have been made into movies.

1918 - Edwin O'Connor
American author whose The Edge of Sadness won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1962.

1918 - Mary Lee Settle
American author who won the 1978 National Book Award for her novel Blood Tie.

1945 - Sharon Creech
American author of children's fiction who has won both the Newbery Medal (for Walk Two Moons) and the Carnegie Medal.

1960 - Didier Van Cauwelaert
French author whose 1994 novel Un Aller Simple won the Prix Goncourt.

1970 - Adele Griffin
American author of young adult fiction, two of whose novels have been National Book Award finalists.

1972 - Wil Wheaton
American actor, writer, and general internet good guy.

1974 - Erich Kästner

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