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June 6 Writer Birthdays

June 6 Writer Birthdays
Pushkin - Queen of Spades
* 1799 - Alexander Pushkin, Russian author and poet; considered by some to be the founder of modern Russian literature.
* 1875 - Thomas Mann, Nobel Prize-winning German novelist, short story writer, essayist, and social critic.
* 1892 - Will James (born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault), Canadian artist and author of the American West; winner of a Newbery Medal.
* 1901 - Jan Struther (pen name for Joyce Anstruther, later Joyce Maxtone Graham and Joyce Placzek) English writer best remembered creating Mrs. Miniver.
* 1909 - Isaiah Berlin, Russian-born philosopher, essayist, historian, and academic; he translated Turgenev' work into English.
* 1911 - Verna Aardema, American author of children's books, including a Caldecott winner.
* 1923 - V.C. Andrews, bestselling American author of family sagas and suspense with a Gothic flair, often focusing on dark secrets and forbidden love,
* 1925 - Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.
* 1926 - Miriam Schlein, nonfiction children's book author.
* 1927 - Peter Spier, Caldecott Honor-winning Dutch-born American writer and illustrator of more than 30 children's books.
* 1951 - Geraldine McCaughrean, British author of books for children and teens, including historical fiction, picture books, adventure, and fairy tales; best known for writing the authorized sequel to Peter Pan.
* 1954 - Cynthia Rylant, Newbery Medal-winning American children's book author, poet, and librarian.
* 1970 - Sarah Dessen, American author of young adult and chick lit fiction.
* 1973 - Patrick Rothfuss, American writer of epic fantasy.
* 1979 - Randa Abdel-Fattah, Australian YA literature author who finished the first draft of her first novel at age 16.

Mann - Magic MountainMcCaughrean - Peter Pan in ScarletRylant - The Bird HouseAndrews - Flowers in the Attic

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