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April 5 Writer Birthdays

April 5 Writer Birthdays


  • 1588 - Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher, physicist, and historian who laid the foundations of western political philosophy.

  • 1837 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, English lyric poet, playwright, novelist, and contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

  • 1856 - Booker T. Washington, author, educator, orator, Tuskegee Institute founder, activist, and African-American leader who was born into slavery.

  • 1904 - Richard Eberhart, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning American poet.

  • 1917 - Robert Bloch, American writer of horror and science fiction; best known as the author of Psycho, the basis of the Hitchcock film.

  • 1920 - Arthur Hailey, bestselling British/Canadian novelist.

  • 1923 - Ernest Mandel, revolutionary Marxist theorist and writer.

  • 1929 - Hugo Claus, Belgian novelist, poet, and playwright; also a painter and theatrical director.

  • 1937 - Joseph Lelyveld, American journalist, NY Times Executive Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who often set his books in South Africa.

  • 1956 - Anthony Horowitz, English novelist and screenwriter, known for children's novels and his work for British television.

  • 1957 - Anu Garg, Indian-American author whose works explore the intricacies of the English language; founder of Wordsmith.org.

  • 1971 - Charles Cumming, Scottish author of spy fiction.

  • 1975 - Caitlin Moran, British broadcaster, television critic, journalist, columnist, and author.


Horowitz - The Blurred ManHailey - AirportWashington - Up From SlaveryCumming - Trinity Six