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May 3 Writer Birthdays

May 3 Writer Birthdays


  • 1469 - Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian, politician, philosopher, and writer who is widely considered the founder of modern political science and is best known for his handbook for unscrupulous politicians, The Prince.

  • 1843 - Edward Dowden, Irish critic and poet.

  • 1849 - Jacob Riis, Danish-born "muck-raking" journalist, photographer, and social reformer who shocked his readers by shining a spotlight on the squalid living conditions in New York City tenements.

  • 1853 - Edgar Watson Howe, American novelist who was also a newspaper and magazine editor.

  • 1859 - Andy Adams, American author of western fiction about cowboys.

  • 1896 - Dorothy Gladys "Dodie" Smith, English children's novelist and playwright, known best for the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

  • 1907 - Harvey Earl Wilson, American journalist, gossip columnist, and author,

  • 1912 - May Sarton, pen name of Belgian-born Eleanore Marie Sarton, an American poet, novelist, and memoirist.

  • 1917 - Betty Comden, American screenwriter, songwriter, playwright, lyricist, and memoirist who began writing musicals with her working partner Adolph Green because they couldn't find work as actors; their work includes some of the most celebrated musicals in history, such as Singing in the Rain, Peter Pan, Auntie Mame, and On the Town.

  • 1924 - Yehuda Amichai, German-born Israeli poet who is considered by many to be Israel's greatest modern poet

  • 1947 - Mavis Jukes, Newbery Medal-winning American author of children's fiction and nonfiction books who often writes on health-related issues.

  • 1948 - Leslie Marmon Silko, Native American (U.S.) novelist, poet, and essayist.

  • 1951 - Tatyana Nikitichna Tolstaya, Russian writer, TV host, publicist, novelist, and essayist who is the granddaughter of famous writer Leo Tolstoy.

  • 1959 - Ben Elton, English comedian, author, actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright, known for political satire; his work includes writing for television series such as Blackadder and a sequel to Phantom of the Opera.

  • 1965 - Ninotchka "Nina" García, Colombian fashion journalist, editor, and critic

  • 1972 - Reza Aslan, Iranian-born American author, commentator, and religious scholar.