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March 17 Writer Birthdays (St. Patrick's Day Edition!)

P1000895 crop 40%March 17 Writer Birthdays


  • 1826 - Oscar Ferdinand Peschel, German geographer and anthropologist, most remembered for his book The Races of Man and Their Geographical Distribution (1876) which classifies humans into seven races.

  • 1832 - Moncure Daniel Conway, clergyman, abolitionist, scholar, author, and Thomas Paine biographer, known for his outspoken opposition to slavery.

  • 1846 - Kate Greenaway, author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1894 - Paul Green, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright.

  • 1898 - Yokomitsu Riichi, experimental Japanese author of the New Sensation School.

  • 1917 - Arthur Basil Cottle, Welsh grammarian, historian, archaeologist, antiquarian, Medievalist, and reference book writer.

  • 1927 - Kenneth S. Goldstein, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist.

  • 1933 - Penelope Lively, Booker Prize-winning British author of fiction for children and adults.

  • 1947 - James Morrow, American science fiction, fantasy, and literary author whose fiction satirizes organized religion.

  • 1948 - William Gibson, American-Canadian speculative fiction author who coined the term "cyberpunk."

  • 1956 - Patrick McDonnell, children's author and cartoonist.


Gibson - NeuromancerMorrow - Towing JehovahGreenaway - Almanack for 1884








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Photo to the right shows author James Morrow, born on this day in 1947. I took this picture during the 2010 Nebula Awards weekend. Notice his creative footwear!

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