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July 26 Writer Birthdays



July 26 Writer Birthdays


  • 1856 - George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Prize-winning Irish playwright who was a co-founder of the London School of Economics; he also wrote music and literary criticism, essays, novels, and short stories.

  • 1872 - George Louis Beer, renowned American historian of the Imperial school; he wrote about British colonialism.

  • 1875 - Carl G. Jung, influential Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded and wrote extensively about the field of analytic psychology, in some aspects a response to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis.

  • 1875 - Antonio Machado (full name Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz), Spanish poet who was one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98.

  • 1885 - Andre Maurois (born Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog), prolific French author of novels, biographies, essays, histories, children's books, and science-fiction stories.

  • 1892 - Pearl Buck, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short-story writer, and biographer who grew up in China, where her parents were missionaries, and also lived part of her adult life there; many of her books are based on her experiences and observations in Asia and on the clash between East and West.

  • 1894 - Aldous Huxley, British-born author of classic science-fiction novel Brave New World who also wrote other novels, nonfiction, poetry, satire, short stories, travel pieces, memoirs, and film scripts; he was nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times but never won.

  • 1921 - Jean Shepherd, American short-story writer, book author, screenwriter, actor, storyteller, and radio and TV personality, best known as co-writer and narrator of the 1983 film, A Christmas Story.

  • 1922 - Chairil Anwar, an Indonesian poet and member of the "1945 generation" of writers; he is estimated to have written 96 works, including 70 individual poems, despite the fact that he died at the age of 26.

  • 1922 - Blake Edwards, American screenwriter, film director, and producer who was married to actress and singer Julie Andrews.

  • 1925 - Ana María Matute Ausejo, internationally acclaimed Spanish writer and member of the Real Academia Española; she won the Cervantes Prize for her literary oeuvre.

  • 1954 - Lawrence Watt-Evans, Hugo Award-winning American author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.