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February 7 Writer Birthdays

February 7 Writer Birthdays


  • 1478 - Thomas More, English Renaissance writer and humanist who coined the term "utopia."

  • 1812 - Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic, one of the major novelists of the Victorian age

  • 1837 - James Murray, Scottish lexicographer, philologist, and primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.

  • 1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, writer whose Little House book series for children was based on her childhood as a pioneer on the American frontier.

  • 1885 - Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, playwright, and magazine writer who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters"; he was offered the Pulitzer Prize for his book Arrowsmith, but he turned it down.

  • 1908 - Fred Gipson, American author best known for his 1956 novel Old Yeller.

  • 1922 - Marion Cunningham, American food writer best known for her work on editions of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

  • 1932 - Gay Talese, American author, memoirist, and literary journalist.

  • 1943 - Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian.

  • 1950 - Karen Joy Fowler, American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, best known for The Jane Austen Book Club.

  • 1974 - Emma McLaughlin, American novelist who wrote The Nanny Diaries with Nicola Krau.