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April 20 Writer Birthdays

April 20 Writer Birthdays
* 1494 - Johannes Agricola (originally Schneider, then Schnitter), German Protestant reformer & theological writer who also wrote & illustrated a book of German proverbs.
* 1745 - Philippe Pinel, pioneering French physician who advocated in his writings for the humane treatment of the mentally ill.
* 1826 - Dina Maria Craik, English novelist & poet.
* 1857 - Herman Joachim Bang, Danish novelist, essayist, actor & journalist, whose first novel was banned because its subject - a relationship between a younger man & an older woman - was considered obscene.
* 1879 - Robert Wilson Lynd, writer, urbane literary essayist, and Irish nationalist.
* 1893 - Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer and Czechoslovakian official whose novels were influenced by expressionism & psychoanalysis.
* 1894 - Martinus Nijhoff, greatest Dutch poet of his generation.
* 1912 - Soewarsil Djojopoespito, Indonesian novelist.
* 1918 - Edward L. Beach Jr., US Naval officer & author best known for his novel Run Silent, Run Deep.
* 1934 - Lindsay Oliver John Boynton, British furniture historian.
* 1939 - Peter S. Beagle, fantasy author who wrote The Last Unicorn.
* 1940 - Erna Brodber, Jamaican novelist & cultural historian.
* 1943 - Ian Watson, British science fiction writer.
* 1944 - Philip Margolin, American author of legal thrillers.
* 1953 - Robert Crais, American author of detective fiction.
* 1953 - Sebastien Faulks, British novelist known for historical novels set in France & a recent James Bond novel.
* 1973 - Julie Powell, American author & culinary adventurer whose first book, Julie & Julia, was based on blog entries about attempting to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook.

Beach - Run Silent Run DeepBeagle - The Last UnicornWatson - Out of SeasonPowell - Julie & Julia