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December 23 Author Birthdays

Wesendonck - Maerchen

December 23 Author Birthdays

  • 1597 - Martin Opitz, considered the father of German poetry.

  • 1828 - Mathilde Wesendonck, German writer and poet; possibly mistress to composer Richard Wagner.

  • 1858 - Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright and novelist who co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre.

  • 1860 - Harriet Monroe, poet and literary critic who founded Poetry magazine.

  • 1862 - Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian and influential medievalist.

  • 1881 - Juan Ramon Jimenez, Nobel Prize-winning Spanish poet.

  • 1886 - Albert Ehrenstein, Austrian Expressionist poet.

  • 1902 - Norman Maclean, American short-story writer.

  • 1923 - Leonard B. Stern, screenwriter for television comedies including Get Smart; co-creator of the Mad Lib.

  • 1926 - Robert Bly, National Book Award-winning poet; men's movement leader.

  • 1937 - Avi, pen name of Edward Irving Wortis, prolific Newbery-winning American children's book author.

  • 1963 - Donna Tartt, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

  • 1965 - Martin Kratt, nature writer, screenwriter, and television host who, with his brother Chris, created children's educational television programs including Kratts' Creatures.


Tartt - The GoldfinchPrice & Stern - Mad Libs
Bly - The Sibling SocietyAvi - Nothing But the Truth