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April 27 Writer Birthdays

April 27 Writer Birthdays

* 1737 - Edward Gibbon, English historian & politician, known for his major work The History of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire.
* 1759 - Mary Wollstonecraft, British writer & woman's rights pioneer; mother of author Mary Shelley.
* 1898 - Ludwig Bemelmans, Austria-Hungary born American writer, known for the Madeline children's books.
* 1904 - Cecil Day-Lewis, Anglo-Irish poet (pen name Nicholas Blake) who was U.K. Poet Laureate; father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis.
* 1913 - Irving Adler, American author of science books, primarily for children, some under the name Robert Irving.
* 1920 - Edwin Morgan, Scottish Renaissance poet & translator.
* 1927 - Coretta Scott King, author, activist & civil rights leader; wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.
* 1934 - Jean Valentine, National Book Award-winning poet & New York Poet Laureate.
* 1937 - Adam Clymer, American journalist & political reporter.
* 1942 - Ruth Glick, American author of cookbooks, romance and YA novels, some under pseudonym Rebecca York.
* 1945 - August Wilson, American playwright who won 2 Pulitzer Prizes.
* 1959 - Nicholas D. Kristof, American journalist, columnist & author who won 2 Pulitzer Prizes.
* 1963 - Russell T. Davies (real name Stephen Russell Davies), British screenwriter best known for his 2005 revival of Doctor Who.

Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of WomenWilson - The Piano LessonDavies - Doctor Who a Writers Tale



(Compiled from a variety of famous birthdays websites and other references.)