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January 20 Writer Birthdays

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January 20 Writer Birthdays


  • 1719 - Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer best known for his work The Travels of Anarchis the Younger in Greece.

  • 1804 - Eugène Sue, French author whose novel Mathilde contains the first recorded use of the phrase, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."

  • 1806 - Nathaniel Parker Willis (also known as N. P. Willis), American author, poet, and editor who worked with iconic American writers including Poe and Longfellow.

  • 1873 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Nobel Prize-winning Danish author.

  • 1883 - Forrest Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, author, and Harriet Beecher Stowe biographer.

  • 1908 - Jean S. Macleid, prolific British romance novelist who also wrote as Catherine Airlie.

  • 1925 - Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet, politician, and Catholic priest who founded a primitivistic art colony.

  • 1930 - Blair Lent, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator.

  • 1944 - William Henry Jackson Griffith, American cartoonist who signs his work Bill Griffith or Griffy, and is best known for the comic strip "Zippy"; he is credited with originating the popular catchphrase, "Are we having fun yet?"

  • 1945 - Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning American short-story writer and novelist.

  • 1948 - Nancy Kress, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American science-fiction author, columnist, and educator.

  • 1948 - Natan Sharansky,Soviet-born Israeli politician, author, autobiographer, and human-rights activist who was sent to prison in the Soviet Union for allegedly spying for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

  • 1956 - Bill Maher, controversial American comedian, political commentator, television personality, and author.

  • 1959 - Tami Hoag, bestselling American author of romance and thriller novels.

  • 1959 - R.A. Salvatore, American author of bestselling fantasy and science fiction books, known for his "Forgotten Realms" and "Star Wars" books.

  • 1964 - Fareed Zakaria, Indian-American journalist and author.

  • 1967 - Alexander Ahndoril, Swedish novelist and playwright who has also written crime novels with his wife, Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, under the joint pen name Lars Kepler.

Wilson - Crusader in CrinolineKress - Probability MoonButler - They WhisperHoag - Keeping CompanySalvatore - Siege of Darkness