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May 27 Writer Birthdays

Hammett - The Maltese Falcon

Carson - Silent SpringWouk - The Caine Mutiny

May 27 Writer Birthdays


* 1867 - Arnold Bennett, English novelist & journalist; the Savoy Hotel in London named an omelette after him.
* 1894 - Louis-Ferdinand Céline, pen name of French novelist, physician & anti-Semitic pamphleteer Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches.
* 1894 - Dashiell Hammett, American author of hard-boiled detective novels, short stories & screenplays; creator of Sam Spade and Nick & Nora Charles.
* 1907 - Rachel Carson, American marine biologist & conservationist whose 1962 book Silent Spring popularized the environmental movement.
* 1912 - John Cheever, American novelist & short story writer; he is sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs" but also set some of his fiction in Rome.
* 1915 - Herman Wouk, bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
* 1925 - Tony Hillerman, American journalist & author of detective novels, often set on a Navajo reservation.
* 1927 - Marijane Meaker, novelist & short story writer under pen names, including M. E. Kerr, Vin Packer, Mary James, Laura Winston & Ann Aldrich; her work includes mystery & crime novels, lesbian pulp fiction, and YA & children's novels; she began her career by posing as a literary agent whose clients were her own pen names.
* 1930 - John Barth, postmodernist American novelist & short story writer; winner of the National Book Award.
* 1934 - Harlan Ellison, author of speculative fiction; multiple winner of Hugos, Nebulas & Edgars; he has also published under various pseudonyms; known for his brilliance and for his legendary abrasiveness, he is described on one of his own book jackets as "possibly the most contentious person on Earth."
* 1937 - Andrei Georgiyevich Bitov,  Russian novelist.
* 1940 - Edmund Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer.
* 1944 - Garnet Nelson Jackson, African-American biographer who spotlights achievements of black artists, scientists, business people, and politicians.
* 1945 - Anthony Pagden, American author & translator; a professor of history and political science.
* 1966 - Heston Blumenthal, English chef & cookbook author.
* 1984 - Adam Davenport, American screenwriter & film director.

Hillerman - Coyote WaitsBarth - ChimeraEllison - Web of the City
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