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May 9 Writer Birthdays

May 9 Writer Birthdays

* 1860 - J.M. Barrie, Scottish author whose full name was Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet; most remembered as creator of Peter Pan.
* 1895 - Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright & novelist.
* 1906 - Eleanor Estes, American children's author; winner of the Newbery Medal and three Newbery Honors.
* 1916 - William Pène du Bois, American children's author and illustrator; Newbery winner and two-time Caldecott runner-up.
* 1917 - Fay Kanin, screenwriter, playwright & producer; president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
* 1918 - Mike Wallace, journalist, radio & TV broadcaster, and memoirist.
* 1920 - Richard Adams, English novelist whose most famous work is Watership Down.
* 1921 - Mona Van Duyn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; U.S. Poet Laureate.
* 1926 - John Middleton Murry Jr., English novelist & short story writer who used pen names Colin Murry & Richard Cowper; especially known for his science fiction.
* 1935 - Roger Hargreaves, English author & illustrator of picture books for preschoolers.
* 1938 - Charles Simic, Pulitzer Prize-winning Serbian-American poet.
* 1950 - Jorie Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.
* 1958 - Nada El Hage, Lebanese poet, writer & journalist.
Barrie - Peter PanAdams - Watership DownEstes - Ginger Pye

So it's a particularly good day for poets and for writers of children's literature.

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