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August 8 Writer Birthdays


August 8 Writer Birthdays


  • 1857 - Henry Fairfield Osborn, geologist, paleontologist, and eugenist who was president of the American Museum of Natural History.

  • 1884 - Sara Teasdale, American lyric poet who won the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize, which later became known as the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

  • 1896 - Marjorie Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author whose best-known work was The Yearling, a young-adult novel written before young adult was considered a separate genre.

  • 1927 - Maia Wojciechowska, Newbery Award-winning Polish-born American author of children's and young adult books who also wrote under the name Maia Rodman. In addition to writing, she spent time as a matador, an undercover detective, and a motorcycle racer; by age 11 she had parachuted out of an airplane three times; at age 12 she fled the Nazis through Romania and Italy to reach France, where her father was chief of staff of the Polish air force.

  • 1952 - Robin Ophelia Quivers, American radio personality, author, and actress, best known as the long-running news anchor and co-host of The Howard Stern Show.

  • 1952 - Valerie Sayers, American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and professor.

  • 1954 - Elizabeth Ann Tallent, Pushcart Prize-winning American short-story writer, professor, and critic, known for her poetic style, vivid settings, and complex themes.

  • 1964 - Anastasia M. Ashman, American author who resides in Turkey and writes on ex-pat women's issues.