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August 16 Writer Birthdays

Hughes - Alfie Gives a HandI've been lax. I was on vacation, and I was busy with other things, and have neglected to post daily lists of writers' birthdays this month. Today I'm starting up again, with writers of various kinds who were born on this date, August 16.


August 16 Writer Birthdays


  • 1860 - Jules Laforgue, Franco-Uruguayan poet whose work is considered part of both the symbolist and impressionist movements and is known for the use of irony and free verse.

  • 1884 - Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourgian-American writer, editor, and magazine publisher; his contributions to science fiction were so great that one of the most prestigious awards in the genre, the Hugo, is named after him.

  • 1888 - Thomas Edward "T.E." Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia), British Army officer renowned for his role as liaison during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule; he wrote of his experiences in such books as Seven Pillars of Wisdom and Revolt in the Desert, and the 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia, was based on his activities during World War I.

  • 1902 - Georgette Heyer, British romance and mystery novelist who is considered the creator of the Regency romance genre.

  • 1908 - William Keepers Maxwell, Jr., National Book Award-winning American novelist who was also an editor, short-story writer, essayist, children's author, memoirist, and long-time fiction editor for The New Yorker.

  • 1917 - Matt Christopher, bestselling American author of children's novels and biographies, mostly about sports.

  • 1920 - Charles Bukowski, German-born American poet, novelist, and short-story writer whom Time magazine called a "laureate of American lowlife."

  • 1927 - Shirley Hughes, British writer and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1928 - Anthony Price, British author of espionage thrillers that mix in historical fiction, and sometimes, fantasy.

  • 1934 - Diana Wynne Jones, British writer of popular fantasy novels who won a World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement.

  • 1935 - Arnold Adoff, American children's poet and anthologist.

  • 1939 - Sir Trevor McDonald, Trinidadian-British newsreader and journalist who has written several books, including biographies of two cricket players and an autobiography.

  • 1952 - Richard Egielski, Caldecott Medal-winning American author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1967 - Kelly Corrigan, bestselling American author of nonfiction books and a memoir.

Lawrence - The 7 Pillars of WisdomHeyer - FredericaJones - HexwoodBukowski - Women

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