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February 6 Writer Birthdays

February 6 Writer Birthdays

  • 1564 - Christopher Marlowe, English playwright, poet, translator, and (probably) government spy of the Elizabethan era; he is sometimes credited with authorship of plays attributed to Shakespeare, but most scholars refute this.

  • 1753 - Évariste Desiré de Forges, vicomte de Parny, French poet who was extremely popular during his lifetime; Pushkin once called him, "My master."

  • 1778 - Ugo Foscolo (born Niccolò Foscolo), Italian writer, revolutionary, and poet.

  • 1833 - José María de Pereda, Spanish journalist and novelist of the native realism school.

  • 1860 - Johan (Eliza) de Meester, Dutch writer, publicist, and editor.

  • 1864 - John Henry Mackay, Scottish-born writer and philosopher, known for his anarchist views.

  • 1879 - Carl Wilhelm Ramsauer, internationally known German physicist, professor, writer, and editor; he pioneered the field of electron and proton collisions with gas molecules and is best known for discovery of the Ramsauer–Townsend effect.

  • 1882 - Anne Spencer, African-American poet, teacher, civil rights activist, librarian, and gardener who was an important member of the Harlem Renaissance group of intellectuals.

  • 1888 - Ljudmil Stojanow, Bulgarian poet, short-story writer, and novelist.

  • 1898 - Melvin Beaunorus Tolson, American Modernist poet, educator, columnist, and politician whose work concentrated on the experience of African Americans and includes several long historical poems; he spent most of his career in Texas and Oklahoma, but was named Poet Laureate of Liberia.

  • 1900 - Rudolf Värnlund, proletarian Swedish novelist, playwright, critic, and social commentator.

  • 1903 - Peter G. Buckinx, Flemish poet, essayist, playwright, and magazine editor.

  • 1905 - Irmgard Keun, German author noted for her portrayals of life in both the Weimar Republic and the early years of Nazi Germany.

  • 1913 - Mary Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and writer who made several important discovers that advanced understanding of human evolution; she is best known for her discovery of the first fossilised Proconsul skull, an extinct ape believed to be ancestral to humans.

  • 1919 - Louis Philip Heren, British journalist and author of political theory and autobiography; he is considered one of the great foreign correspondents of the 20th century.

  • 1921 - Carl Neumann Degler, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author.

  • 1924 - Paolo Volponi, Italian writer, poet, and politician.

  • 1925 - Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist, journalist, and human rights activist.

  • 1929 - Keith Spencer Waterhouse, British novelist, newspaper columnist, and television writer

  • 1940 - Tom Brokaw, American television journalist and nonfiction author.

  • 1947 - Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and economic researcher.

  • 1955 - Michael Pollan, American author and professor whose work centers on food and culture; he is best known for his book The Omnivore's Dilemma.