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May 7 Writer Birthdays

May 7 Writer Birthdays

* 1711 - David Hume, Scottish historian, economist, and essayist; a key figure in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment
* 1754 - Joseph Joubert, French moralist and essayist, unpublished until after his death.
* 1812 - Robert Browning, English poet and playwright, married to poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
* 1861 - Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali author; first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
* 1867 - Władysław Reymont, Nobel Prize-winning Polish epic novelist.
* 1892 - Archibald MacLeish, American poet and Librarian of Congress; winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.
* 1927 - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-born British/American novelist and screenwriter.
* 1931 - Gene Wolfe, American science fiction and fantasy writer.
* 1932 - Nonny Hogrogrian, Armenian-American children's author, two-time Caldecott Medal winner.
* 1939 - Volker Braun, German poet and playwright.
* 1939 - William Dempsey Valgardson, Canadian poet, novelist, and short story writer.
* 1940 - Angela Carter, English novelist.
* 1943 - Peter Carey, Australian novelist; two-time Booker Prize winner.
* 1946 - Michael Rosen, prolific author of children's books and poems; Children's Poet Laureate of Britain; columnist and TV presenter.
* 1950 - Tim Russert, American journalist, lawyer, broadcaster, and author.
* 1964 - Elliot Perlman, Australian novelist and short story writer.

Carter - The Magic Toy ShopRosen - We're Going on a Bear HuntBrowning - Robert Brownings PoetryWolfe - Shadow of the Torturer
Russert - Big Russ & Me


Incidentally, today is also the birthday of not one but two important composers, Russian master Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840) and German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms (1833).