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December 19 Writers Birthdays

Bunting - The Sunflower House
Dec. 19 Writer Birthdays

  • 1036 - Su Tung-p'o, greatest poet of the Chinese Sung Dynasty, often under fire in his day for satirizing government policies.

  • 1753 - John Taylor of Caroline, Virginia State Delegate who authored books on agriculture and politics.

  • 1796 - Manuel Breton de los Herreros, prolific Spanish playwright & librarian.

  • 1820 - Mary Ashton Livermore, journalist; advocate for abolition & women's rights.

  • 1875 - Carter Woodson, African-American author; pioneer of Black history.

  • 1895 - Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian novelist & poet, arrested for her work with the Resistance during WW2.

  • 1901 - Oliver La Farge, Pulitzer Prize-winning author & anthropologist.

  • 1910 - Jean Genet, French novelist and political activist.

  • 1910 - Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet; one of the most influential in Latin American literature.

  • 1923 - Robert V. Bruce, Pulitzer-winning author and historian.

  • 1928 - Eve Bunting, Irish author of children's and YA books.

  • 1942 - Jean-Patric Manchette, foremost French crime novelist of the 1970s and 1980s.

  • 1944 - Richard Leakey, son of Richard & Mary Leakey, all three of them groundbreaking paleoanthropologists whose work shed light on the origins of humanity.

  • 1960 - Daniel Silva, author of thrillers & spy novels.

  • 1967 - Paul Harding, American musician & author; his 1st novel won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

  • 1975 - Brandon Sanderson, science fiction and fantasy author; completed Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series.


Woodson - The Mis-Education of the NegroLeakey - Origins ReconsideredSanderson - The Emperor's SoulSilva - The Heist