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June 19 Writer Birthdays

June 19 Writer Birthdays


  • 1623 - Blaise Pascal, French child prodigy who grew up to be a writer, mathematician, physicist, inventor, and Catholic theologian; he made important contributions to the study of fluids, clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum, and wrote in defense of the scientific method.

  • 1861 - Jose Rizal, journalist, fiction author, poet, and revolutionary who heralded as a national Filipino hero after his execution.

  • 1900 - Laura Z. Hobson, American author best known for Gentleman's Agreement, a novel that explored antisemitism in the United States.

  • 1909 - Osamu Dazai (太宰 治) one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan.

  • 1919 - Pauline Kael, American author and New Yorker magazine film critic.

  • 1945 - Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize-winning Burmese political leader, writer, and human rights activist.

  • 1945 - Tobias Wolff, American novelist and memoirist.

  • 1947 - Salman Rushdie, Booker Prize-winning British Indian author who sparked worldwide controversy with his magic realist novel The Satanic Verses.

  • 1947 - John Ralston Saul, Canadian novelist and essayist; president of the writer's association PEN International.