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March 17 Writer's Birthdays (St. Patrick's Day Edition!)

P1000895 crop 40%March 17 Writer Birthdays
* 1826 - Oscar Ferdinand Peschel, German geographer & anthropologist, most remembered for his book The Races of Man & Their Geographical Distribution (1876) which classifies humans into seven races.
* 1832 - Moncure Daniel Conway, clergyman, abolitionist, scholar, author & Thomas Paine biographer, known for his outspoken opposition to slavery.
* 1846 - Kate Greenaway, author & illustrator of children's books.
* 1894 - Paul Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright.
* 1898 - Yokomitsu Riichi, experimental Japanese author of the New Sensation School.
* 1917 - Arthur Basil Cottle, Welsh grammarian, historian, archaeologist, antiquarian, Medievalist & reference book writer.
* 1927 - Kenneth S. Goldstein, folklorist & ethnomusicologist.
* 1933 - Penelope Lively, Booker Prize-winning British author of fiction for children and adults.
* 1947 - James Morrow, American science fiction, fantasy & literary author whose fiction satirizes organized religion.
* 1948 - William Gibson, American-Canadian speculative fiction author who coined the term "cyberpunk."
* 1956 - Patrick McDonnell, children's author & cartoonist.

Gibson - NeuromancerMorrow - Towing JehovahGreenaway - Almanack for 1884














Photo to the right shows author James Morrow, born on this day in 1947. I took this picture during the 2010 Nebula Awards weekend. Notice his creative footwear!