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October 30 Writer Birthdays


Oct. 30 Writer Birthdays

  • 1576 - Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian historian, writer, and diplomat.

  • 1751 - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright and poet.

  • 1790 - Rinse Posthumus, Frisian poet.

  • 1840 - William Graham Sumner, American social scientist, professor, author, and essayist who introduced the term "ethnocentrism" and spoke against imperialism; his work is considered a major influence on Conservatism in the United States.

  • 1885 - Ezra Pound, expatriate American poet and critic who was a central figure in the American Modernist movement.

  • 1887 - Georg Heym, German Expressionist poet.

  • 1893 - Jan M Romein, Dutch Marxist historian, journalist, and literary scholar; he is remembered for his books popularizing Dutch national history, jointly authored with his wife Annie Romein-Verschoor.

  • 1907 - Albert Rice Leventhal, journalist, author, bridge columnist, and book publisher who developed the Little Golden Books series of children's books.

  • 1910 - Miguel Hernández Gilabert, Spanish poet and playwright.

  • 1914 - Marius Hendrikus Flothuis, Dutch composer and Mozart biographer.

  • 1914 - James Laughlin, American poet and literary book publisher.

  • 1930 - Jean Chapman, British romance writer.

  • 1932 - Louis Malle, Oscar-winning French screenwriter and film director; his second wife was actress Candice Bergen.

  • 1935 - Robert Caro, journalist, author, and biographer who won two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award.

  • 1946 - Eric Kimmel, children's book author.

  • 1946 - Andrea Mitchell, American television journalist, anchor, reporter, and commentator; her husband is American economist and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

  • 1963 - Andrew Solomon, writer on politics, culture, and psychology.