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October 4 Writer Birthdays

October 4 Writer Birthdays


  • 1862 - Edward Stratemeyer, American publisher and writer of children's fiction who created such well-known series as Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and the Bobbsey Twins.

  • 1880 - Damon Runyon, American newspaperman and author, best known for his short stories about New York City.

  • 1892 - Robert Lawson, American author and illustrator of children's books, best known for his illustrations of other author's works.

  • 1904 - Rene (Mable Neighbour) Cloke, British children’s book illustrator and author

  • 1914 - Brendan Gill, American journalist and author whose best known work details his job at the New Yorker magazine.

  • 1916 - Julia Woolfook Cunningham, American children's book author who was a finalist for the National Book Award.

  • 1922 - Adam Hollanek, Polish novelist, poet, and science-fiction writer.

  • 1924 - Donald J. Sobol, children's book author, best known for the "Encyclopedia Brown" boy detective novels.

  • 1929 - John E. Mack, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, psychiatrist, and biographer.

  • 1937 - Jackie Collins, English novelist and younger sister of actress Joan Collins. All 28 of her novels have made the New York Times Bestseller list.

  • 1941 - Roy Blount Jr., American writer and humorist, and frequent panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

  • 1941 - Karen Cushman, American children's author, winner of the Newbery Award for The Midwife's Apprentice.

  • 1941 - Anne Rice, bestselling author of vampire fiction.

  • 1961 - Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese manga artist and writer, best known as the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh! book series.

  • 1968 - Tim Wise, American anti-racism activist and writer.