Monday, August 31, 2015

August 31


1885 - DuBose Heyward
American author best known for his 1935 novel Porgy, which was eventually adapted into plays, opera and films as Porgy and Bess.

1886 - Conrad Buff 
American children's author, who, with his wife Mary, was a Caldecott runner-up four times.

1908 - William Saroyan
American dramatist and author, many of whose works are based around the Armenian American Center in Fresno, CA.

1935 - Eldridge Cleaver
American writer and political activist; early leader of the Black Panther Party.

1946 - Jerome Corsi
American author and conspiracy theorist.

1982 - G. Willow Wilson
American author and comics writer; convert to Islam and current resident of Cairo.

1688 - John Bunyan
1867 - Charles Baudelaire
1896 - Elizabeth Coatsworth
1965 - E.E. Smith

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 30


1797 - Mary Shelley
English novelist best known for her work Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.

1901 - John Gunther
American journalist and author, most well known now for Death Be Not Proud, an account of his son's death to brain cancer.

1909 - Virginia Lee Burton
American children's author and illustrator, winner of the 1943 Caldecott Medal for The Little House.

 1925 - Laurent de Brunhoff
French author and illustrator who continued the popular series of children's books about Babar the elephant, which was created by his father, Jean de Brunhoff.

1938 - Donald Crews
American author and illustrator of children's books, and two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal.

1943 - Robert Crumb
More commonly known as R. Crumb, he was a founder of the underground comics movement.

1955 - Judith Tarr
American writer of fantasy novels. Also apparently breeds Lipizzan horses.

1985 - Taylor Caldwell
2006 - Naguib Mahfouz
2007 - Michael Jackson
2013 - Seamus Heaney
2015 - Oliver Sacks

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 29


1632 - John Locke
English philosopher best known for his works on government, education, and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
American physician, poet and writer; one of the Fireside Poets group.

1862 - Maurice Maeterlinck
Belgian writer; winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in Literature "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations"

1891 - Marquis James
American journalist and author; two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

1922 - John Edward Williams 
American author whose epistolary novel Augustus won the National Book Award in 1973.

1952 - Karen Hesse
American children's and YA author, who won the 1998 Newbery for Out of the Dust.

1954 - Michael P. Kube-McDowell
American science fiction novelist who has written in the Star Wars universe, as well as his own works.

1769 - Edmond Hoyle
1958 - Marjorie Flack
1979 - Gertrude Chandler Warner
1981 - Lowell Thomas

Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28


1749 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German writer, artist and politician, and man of generally unpronounceable last name.

1864 - Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe
American author and editor who won the 1925 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Barrett Wendell and His Letters.

1913 - Robertson Davies
Canadian novelist, "one of Canada's most well-known and popular writers." Nope, I hadn't heard of him either.

1915 - Tasha Tudor
American author and illustrator of children's books.

1916 - Jack Vance
American author of mostly science fiction. His first Hugo award was in 1963, his most recent 2010.

1917 - Jack Kirby
American comic book artist. Co-created the Captain America character. Comics' Jack Kirby Award is named for him.

1937 - Allen Say
Asian American children's author and illustrator, best know for his Caldecott award-winning Grandfather's Journey.

1948 - Vonda McIntyre
American science fiction author, who has written in both the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. Her novel The Moon and the Sun won a Nebula award in 1997.

1952 - Rita Dove
American poet and author, Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 1993-1995 and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

1978 - Bruce Catton
1978 - Robert Shaw 
1989 - John Steptoe
1995 - Michael Ende
1988 - Max Shulman
1993 - William Stafford

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27


1871 - Theodore Dreiser
American novelist, most well known for his novels Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy.

1899 - C.S. Forester
The pen name of English author Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, whose most famous work is his 12 book Horatio Hornblower series

1929 - Ira Levin
American author and dramatist, whose 1954 book A Kiss Before Dying won the Edgar award for best first novel.

1932 - Antonia Fraser
The pen name of Dame Antonia Margaret Caroline Fraser, an Anglo-Irish author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction.

1939 - William Least Heat-Moon
American travel writer of English, Irish and Osage ancestry. His most well known works are the travel trilogy that began with Blue Highways.

1959 - Jeanette Winterson 
British writer whose first work, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, won a Whitbread Award for Best First Novel.

1963 - W.E.B DuBois
1969 - Ivy Compton-Burnett
2011 - Stetson Kennedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 26


1880 - Guillame Apollinaire
French poet, playwright and novelist who coined the term Surrealism.

1901 - Eleanor Dark
Australian author whose best known work is The Timeless Land.

1903 - Caroline Pafford Miller
American author whose first novel, Lamb in His Bosom, won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize.

1904 - Christopher Isherwood
English-American novelist who was very involved with the Vedanta Society of Southern California.

1922 - Irving R. Levine
American journalist and longtime correspondent for NBC News. His three books on life in the Soviet Union each became bestsellers.

1952 - Will Shortz
American puzzle creator; since 1993, the crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times.

1957 - Nikky Finney
American poet; winner of the 2011 National Book Award for her collection Head Off & Split.

1963 - Stephen J. Dubner 
American journalist who co-wrote, with economist Steven Levitt, the book Freakonomics.

1945 - Franz Werfel
1974 - Charles Lindbergh
1977 - H.A. Rey
1989 - Irving Stone
1995 - John Brunner
2009 - Dominick Dunne

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 25


1836 - Bret Harte
American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.

1899 - Paul Herman Buck
American historian who won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Road to Reunion, 1865-1900.

1921 - Brian Moore
Northern Irish novelist and screenwriter, known for his depictions of life in Northern Ireland after WWII.

1925 - Thea Astley
Australian novelist and short story writer who won many prizes for Australian fiction.

1933 - Patrick McManus
American humor writer, whose columns focusing on the outdoors have been gathered into popular books.

1935 - Charles Wright
American poet; winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

1937 - Virginia Auwer Wolff
American author of children's books, most well known for her Make Lemonade series.

1938 - Frederick Forsyth
English author of thriller novels who has many best-selling titles to his name.

1942 - Howard Jacobsen
British author and journalist whose The Finkler Question won the 2010 Booker Prize.

1946 - Charles Ghigna
American author of children's books, who also goes by the name Father Goose.

1949 - Martin Amis 
British novelist and son of celebrated author Kingsley Amis.

1959 - Ian Falconer
American children's book author and illustrator, best known for his Olivia books.

1959 - Lane Smith
American children's book author and illustrator, best known for his collaborations with Jon Scieszka.

1956 - Alfred Kinsey
1976 - Eyvind Johnson
1984 - Truman Capote
2003 - Tom Feelings