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July 3 Writer Birthdays

Kafka - Metamorphosis
July 3 Writer Birthdays


  • 1860 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American sociologist, feminist, and writer of novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction; now remembered best for her semi-autobiographical short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper"; she was a niece of author Harriet Beecher Stowe.

  • 1876 - Ralph Barton Perry, Pulitzer Prize-winning American philosopher and biographer.

  • 1883 - Franz Kafka, German author of novels and short stories with themes of alienation, guilt, and psychological terror; he greatly influenced the existentialist literary movement and is best known for his novella The Metamorphosis.

  • 1899 - Ernst Fischer, Bohemian-born Austrian journalist, writer, and politician; he also used the pseudonyms "Ernst Peter Fischer," "Peter Wieden," "Pierre Vidal," and "Der Miesmacher" ("the Killjoy").

  • 1908 - M.F.K. Fisher, (full name Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher), a prolific American food writer whose books are mostly about traveling and eating in France and California.

  • 1937 - Tom Stoppard, British playwright and screenwriter whose best-known work is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

  • 1943 - Elizabeth Morris "Lally" Graham Weymouth, American journalist and editor; the daughter of Washington Post publishers Katharine and Philip Graham.

  • 1947 - Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of fiction and nonfiction; he is largely responsible for the annual celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 16.

  • 1952 - Rohinton Mistry, Indian-born Canadian novelist and short-story writer who writes mostly about life in India; his brother is playwright and author Cyrus Mistry..

  • 1954 - Franny Billingsley, American author of award-winning teen fantasy books; a National Book Award finalist.

  • 1958 - Charlie Higson, An English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and author, known for dystopian fiction and for writing the Young Bond series.

  • 1959 - Julie Burchill, controversial British novelist, journalist, and self-proclaimed militant feminist.

  • 1964 - Joanne Harris, British author whose novel Chocolat was made into a feature film.

  • 1966 - Sandra Lee, television chef, editor and author.

  • 1968 - Alan Schwarz, American journalist and sports writer.

  • 1971 - Julian Paul Assange, Australian publisher, journalist, and activist, best known as editor of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, which he co-founded after a career in programming and hacking.


Gilman - The Yellow WallpaperBillingsley - ChimeBarry - I'll Mature When I'm Dead

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