Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 17


1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier
American Quaker poet and abolitionist.

1873 - Ford Madox Ford
English writer now best known for his novel The Good Soldier.

1903 - Erskine Caldwell
American Southern author who wrote about poverty and racism in books such as Tobacco Road.

1916 - Penelope Fitzgerald
English novelist of historical fiction.

1929 - William Safire
American writer, known for his novels and works on writing and politics.

1937 - John Kennedy Toole
American novelist, best known for his posthumously published A Confederacy of Dunces, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

1944 - Jack Chalker
American science fiction author of numerous series.

1945 - Jacqueline Wilson
British author of children's books.

1957 - Dorothy Sayers
1970 - Oliver Waterman Larkin
1999 - C. Vann Woodward

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