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May 8 Writer Birthdays

Wheatley - Poems on Various SubjectsMay 8 Writer Birthdays


  • 1753 - Phyllis Wheatley, the first African-American woman to be published, she wrote poetry while a slave, with her owners' encouragement; George Washington was a fan of her work.

  • 1858 - J. Meade Falkner, English novelist, poet, and arms manufacturer executive.

  • 1915 - Milton Meltzer, American author and historian, known for children's nonfiction books.

  • 1920 - Sloan Wilson, American magazine writer and author, best known for his classic novel, Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.

  • 1922 - Mary Q. Steele, Newbery Honor-winning American author and naturalist.

  • 1930 - Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet of the Beat Generation.

  • 1937 - Thomas Pynchon, National Book Award-winning American author known for writing dense, complex novels, and for protecting his privacy.

  • 1940 - Peter Benchley, American author, editor, and screenwriter best known for his novel Jaws.

  • 1943 - Pat Barker, English author of historical fiction.

  • 1952 - Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated American playwright and screenwriter; her works often deal with Southern women.

  • 1958 - Roddy Doyle, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter; most of his work is set in working-class Dublin.

  • 1963 - Robin Jarvis, British author of young-adult and children's dark fantasy & supernatural thrillers.

  • 1970 - Naomi Klein, Canadian activist and nonfiction author known for criticisms of corporate globalization.


Pynchon - Crying of Lot 49Benchley - JawsDoyle - The CommitmentsJarvis - Whitby Child