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September 12 Writer Birthdays

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September 12 Writer Birthdays

  • 1859 - Florence Kelley, American social and political reformer and writer who worked against sweatshops and for the minimum wage, eight-hour workdays, and children's rights; she helped start the NAACP, the National Child Labor Committee, the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, and the U.S. Children's Bureau, and was instrumental in passing the Sheppard-Towner Maternity & Infancy Protection Act that gave federal funds to health-care programs.

  • 1880 - H.L. Mencken, American journalist, essayist, editor, author, satirist, and critic, known for his wit and his study of vernacular American English.

  • 1892 - Alfred Abraham Knopf Sr., American publisher who founder Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; he was also an author.

  • 1829 - Charles Dudley Warner, American essayist, novelist, editor, critic, and friend of Mark Twain, with whom he co-authored a novel.

  • 1902 - Marya Zaturenska, Ukrainian-born American lyric poet, winner of a Pulitzer Prize.

  • 1907 - Louis Macneice, Irish poet and playwright.

  • 1916 - Han Suyin, pen name of Elizabeth Comber (born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chou), China-born Eurasian physician and author of books in English and French on modern China, novels set in East and Southeast Asia, and autobiographical memoirs of her life in China; an ardent supporter of the Chinese Communist revolution.

  • 1920 - Milton Dank, author of books for children and teens, best known for books that draw on his experience as a fighter pilot during World War II; he sometimes collaborates on books with his daughter, author Gloria Dank.

  • 1921 - Stanisław Lem, Polish science-fiction writer possibly best known for his novel Solaris, which has been adapted to film three times; the Sword and Laser online book club uses his last name as a verb that refers to not finishing a book you've started, as well as the name of their dragon mascot.

  • 1931 - Kristin Hunter, African-American professor, novelist, and short-story writer whose work explores issues of race and gender; she also wrote as Kristin Hunter Lattany.

  • 1943 - Michael Ondaatje, Sri-Lankan-born Canadian novelist, professor, and editor, best known for his novel The English Patient; his wife is novelist Linda Spalding.

  • 1949 - Kevin Major, Canadian author who writes for both children and adults; his work includes fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and plays.

  • 1951 - Valerie Tripp, children's book author best known for her work with the American Girl series.

  • 1964 - Greg Gutfeld, American author, editor, television personality, political satirist, and blogger.

  • 1964 - Tracy McMillan, American author, television writer, journalist, and memoirist; her viral blog post, "Why You're Not Married," for two years was the most-viewed article on Huffington Post,

  • 1969 - James Frey, bestselling American author who has written for adults and teens; he is best known for the controversy that erupted when readers learned that his so-called memoir, A Million Little Pieces, was fabricated.

  • 1971 - Jessica Seinfeld, American cookbook author who specializes in hiding vegetables so children don't know they're eating them; her husband is comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Twain & Warner - The Gilded AgeOndaatje - The English PatientLem - SolarisMencken - The Passing of a Profit & Other Forgotten Stories

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