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May 31 Writer Birthdays


May 31 Writer Birthdays

* 1819 - Walt Whitman, American poet whose best-known collection is Leaves of Grass; also known as a journalist & essayist, and for his abolitionist views.
* 1887 - Saint-John Perse, Nobel Prize-winning French poet who was also a diplomat.
* 1893 - Elizabeth Coatsworth, Newbery Medal-winning American author of fiction & poetry for children & adults.
* 1898 - Norman Vincent Peale, author, broadcaster & minister, known for touting the power of positive thinking.
* 1914- Jay Williams, American actor, comedian, and author of science fiction/fantasy, crime, and mystery books for adults and teens.
* 1915 - Judith Wright, Australian poet, environmentalist & activist for aboriginal rights.
* 1918 - Madeleine Polland, Irish/English author of children's books, now based in Spain; has also written under the name Frances Adrian.
* 1925 - Harry Mazer, American author of realistic children's & YA novels.
* 1947 - Phillip Hoose, American author of books for adults & children; he has won a Newbery Honor and a National Book Award.
* 1948 - Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize-nominated Belarusian investigative journalist & author.
* 1960 - Will Hillenbrand, American author & illustrator of children's books.
* 1968 - John Connolly, Irish writer; author of books for adults & children, best known for his detective and mystery novels.
Whitman - Leaves of GrassHillenbrand - Off We GoMazer - A Boy at War

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