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June 19 Writer Birthdays

Today's Writer Birthdays
Woodruff - Small Beauties

  • 1623 - Blaise Pascal, French writer, mathematician, inventor, physicist, and philosopher; credited with inventing an early calculator and laying the foundation for the modern theory of probability.

  • 1861 - José Rizal (full name José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda), novelist, poet, journalist, revolutionary, ophthalmologist, and Filipino nationalist; considered one of the greatest heroes of the Philippines

  • 1900 - Laura Z. Hobson, bestselling American author and autobiographer, best known for her novel Gentleman's Agreement, which explored antisemitism in the United States.

  • 1903 - John D. Voelker, bestselling novelist, attorney, judge, and renowned fly fisherman; wrote under the pen name Robert Traver.

  • 1904 - Lester Cole, screenwriter who, as part of the Hollywood Ten, was imprisoned and blacklisted for defying the House Committee on Un-American Activities and forced to write under pseudonyms or using friend's names; he helped found the Screen Writers Guild.

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

  • 1945 - Tobias Wolff, American novelist, short-story writer, and memoirist.

  • 1947 - Salman Rushdie, controversial Booker Prize-winning British Indian author of magic realism novels; he sparked worldwide controversy with The Satanic Verses and still has a contract on his head because of it; The Times ranked him 13th on its list of the 50 greatest modern British writers.

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

  • 1951 - Elvira Woodruff, American children's author of fantasy and historical fiction.

  • 1969 - Lara Spencer (real name Lara Christine Von Seelen, television host, journalist, and reporter.

Woodruff - George Washington's SocksRushdie - The Satanic VersesWolff - This Boy's Life

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