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August 4 Writer Birthdays

August 4 Writer Birthdays


  • 1792 - Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet who is considered one of the finest lyric and epic poets in the English language; he was married to novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who is best known as the author of Frankenstein.

  • 1839 - Walter Horatio Pater, English essayist, literary and art critic, fiction writer, and humanist whose advocacy of “art for art’s sake” became a key doctrine of the Aestheticism movement.

  • 1841 - William Henry Hudson, author, naturalist, and ornithologist.

  • 1859 - Knut Hamsun, Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist.

  • 1904 - Witold Marian Gombrowicz, Polish novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, satire, existentialism, and anti-nationalist thought.

  • 1913 - Robert Hayden, essayist, educator, and the first African-American U.S Poet Laureate.

  • 1913 - Noboru Nakamura, Oscar-nominate Japanese film director and screenwriter.

  • 1918 - Iceberg Slim, pen name for Robert Beck, a reformed pimp and American author of urban fiction.

  • 1920 - Helen Thomas, American author and news service reporter, opinion columnist, and "Dean of the White House Press Corps."

  • 1951 - Stephen Kinzer American author, journalist, academic, and New York Times foreign correspondent.

  • 1960 - Joby Warrick, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author; he writes for the Washington Post on the Middle East, diplomacy, and national security.

  • 1961 - Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President and the first African-American to hold the office; he has also written several books.

  • 1965 - Dennis Lehane, American author of popular novels.

  • 1969 - Jojo Moyes, English journalist and romance novelist.

  • 1977 - Yuuko Kohara, Japanese manga artist and writer.