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May 22 Writer Birthdays

May 22 Writer Birthdays


  • 1808 - Gérard de Nerval, pen name of French writer, translator, essayist, and Romantic poet Gérard Labrunie.

  • 1859 -Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer, best known for his Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

  • 1907 - Hergé, Pen name of Belgian comic-book artist Georges Prosper Remi, creator of The Adventures of Tintin.

  • 1914 - Vance Packard, American journalist, editor, and author who wrote a popular series on sociology.

  • 1927 - Peter Matthiessen, National Book Award-winning American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer, and CIA agent; co-founded The Paris Review, which he started as a cover for his CIA activities.

  • 1933 - Arnold Lobel, Caldecott Medal-winning American children's author and illustrator, known for the "Frog and Toad" picture books.

  • 1934 - Gary Wills, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, and historian, specializing in US history, politics, and religion, especially the history of the Roman Catholic Church; best known for his book, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America.

  • 1944 - Lynn Barber, British journalist, magazine writer and editor, and memoirist.

  • 1944 - John Flanagan, Australian fantasy writer.

  • 1947 - Anthony Holden, British author, literary critic, translator, biographer, broadcaster, and poker player; 1st president of the International Federation of Poker.

  • 1959 - Andy Andrews, American novelist, self-help author, and motivational speaker.

  • 1972 - Max Brooks, horror author and screenwriter; son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft.

  • 1976 - Shane Koyczan, Canadian poet and "talk rock" artist.


Lobel - Frog & Toad Are FriendsDoyle - The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesWills - Lincoln at Gettysburg


P.S.: It's also the birthday of American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt (1844-1926).

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