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July 31 Writer Birthdays

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July 31 Writer Birthdays


  • 1880 - Munshi Premchand (pseudonym for Dhanpat Rai), Indian novelist and short-story writer who is one of the foremost writers of modern Hindustani literature.

  • 1904 - Bret Halliday, the most famous pseudonym of American author Davis Dresser, who wrote in the mystery, romance and western genres; he wrote under a variety of names, including Asa Baker, Matthew Blood, Kathryn Culver, Don Davis, Hal Debrett, Anthony Scott, Peter Field, and Anderson Wayne.

  • 1912 - Milton Friedman, influential American free-market economist, statistician, writer, and professor.

  • 1912 - Irv Kupcinet (known as "Kup"), American newspaper columnist, talk-show host, author, and Chicago Bears football commentator.

  • 1919 - Primo Levi , Italian chemist, author, and poet who is best known for writing about his time in a Nazi concentration camp; the Royal Institution of Great Britain named his book The Periodic Table the greatest science book ever written.

  • 1926 - Hilary Whitehall Putnam, American philosopher, author, professor, mathematician, and computer scientist who is a central figure in analytic philosophy.

  • 1929 - Lynn Reid Banks, British author of novels for children and adults and of biographies about the Bronte family; Banks is best known for her bestselling children's book, The Indian in the Cupboard.

  • 1933 - Cees Nooteboom, Dutch novelist, poet, translator, travel writer, and journalist who is considered a Nobel Prize contender.

  • 1938 - Muriel Feelings, American writer and educator whose picture books aimed to introduce children to African culture; a Caldecott Honor Book winner and American Book Award nominee.

  • 1943 - Susan Cheever, American novelist, nonfiction author, columnist, essayist, biographer, literary critic, and teacher; novelist and short-story writer John Cheever was her father.

  • 1944 - Jonathan Dimbleby, British writer, political commentator, filmmaker, and radio and TV presenter; he is the son of prominent war correspondent and news commentator Richard Dimbleby.

  • 1952 - Faye Kellerman, bestselling American mystery author.

  • 1956 - Lynne Rae Perkins, Newbery Medal-winning American author and illustrator of children's books.

  • 1959 - Andrew Marr, British broadcaster, journalist, political commentator, and actor.

  • 1965 - Joanne Rowling, phenomenally successful British author best known for the Harry Potter fantasy books, which make up the bestselling book series ever and on which are based the highest-grossing movie series ever; she has written under the names J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith. (Her character Harry Potter has his birthday today, too.)

  • 1967 - Elizabeth Wurtzel, controversial bestselling American memoirist, essayist, and journalist.

  • 1978 - Tui T. Sutherland, Venezuelan-American children's book author who has written under pen names Heather Williams, Erin Hunter, and Rob Kidd, sharing some of those names with other authors who write for some popular series; she once won $46,000 as a two-day champion on the Jeopardy quiz show.


Rowling - HarryPotter & the Chamber of Secrets2Kellerman - Blind Man's BluffWurtzel - Prozac NationBanks - The Indian In the Cupboard


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