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July 24 Writer Birthdays

Dumas - The 3 Musketeers
July 24 Writer Birthdays


  • 1802 - Alexandre Dumas, French adventure novelist whose famous works include The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

  • 1842 - Ambrose Bierce, American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer, fabulist, and satirist, best known for his short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"; he also wrote a satirical reference book called The Devil's Dictionary.

  • 1857 - Henrik Pontoppidan, Nobel Prize-winning Danish realist writer of novels and short stories.

  • 1878 - Edward Plunkett (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany), Irish novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and playwright who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Lord Dunsany; many of his works are fantasies, set in a land called Pegāna; he was also the chess and pistol-shooting champion of Ireland.

  • 1886 - Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, popular novelist who was a major figure in modern Japanese literature.

  • 1895 - Robert Graves, English poet, novelist, mythographer, critic, historican, and classical translator, best known for his historical novel I, Claudius, which has been adapted to film, radio, and theater.

  • 1899 - Chief Dan George, chief of the Salish Band in Burrard Inlet, British Columbia who was also an author, poet, spokesman for native rights, and Oscar-nominated actor; as a writer, his best known work is the book My Heart Soars.

  • 1900 - Zelda Fitzgerald, best known as the wife of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, she published one novel of her own, Save Me the Waltz and has been called the Muse of the Jazz Age.

  • 1916 - John D. McDonald, American crime and suspense novelist, whose best known works include the Travis McGee series and The Executioners (which was adapted into the film Cape Fear); he also wrote under various pen names, including John Wade Farrel, Robert Henry, John Lane, Scott O'Hara, Peter Reed, and Henry Reiser.

  • 1935 - Aaron Elkins, American author of mysteries featuring forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver; he is married to romance novelist Charlotte Elkins, who writes under the pen name Emily Spenser.

  • 1935 - Patrick Bruce (Pat) Oliphant, Pulitzer Prize-winning Australian editorial cartoonist.

  • 1936 - Albert Marrin, National Book Award-winning American historian and prolific author of children's nonfiction books.

  • 1939 - Barry N. Malzberg, American science fiction author who published in other genres under pseudonyms.

  • 1950 - Arliss Ryan, American novelist of historical fiction.

  • 1955 - Brad Watson, American novelist and short-story writer who was a finalist for the National Book Award.



Graves - I, ClaudiusRyan - The Secret Confessions of Anne ShakespeareFitzgerald - Save Me the Waltz

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