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February 2 Writer Birthdays

February 2 Writer Birthdays


  • 1882 - James Joyce, acclaimed Irish modernist author, known for his command of the English language and his provocatively complex works of fiction.

  • 1895 - Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr., U.S. poet and playwright.

  • 1905 - Ayn Rand, Russian-American novelist, philosopher, and Conservative/Libertarian political activist.

  • 1916 - Ngô Xuân Diệu, prominent Vietnamese poet more commonly known by the pen name Xuân Diệu.

  • 1920 - Isaac Asimov, Russian-born American author, known for his science fiction but also prolific in mystery, fantasy, and non-fiction.

  • 1940 - Susan Wittig Albert, American mystery writer, author of the China Bayles series.

  • 1921 - Jan Slepian, American author of books for children and young adults.

  • 1931 - Judith Viorst, American journalist, psychoanalysis researcher, and author of popular children's books, including the beloved picture book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day.

  • 1948 - Ina Rosenberg Garten, American cookbook author, food columnist, host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and a former staff member of the White House Office of Management & Budget.

  • 1970 - Santa Montefiore (Santa Palmer-Tomkinson), British novelist and socialite of Argentinian background; her father, Charles Anthony Palmer-Tomkinson, represented Britain on the Olympic ski team and is a close friend of Prince Charles.