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October 18 Writer Birthdays

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October 18 Writer Birthdays

  • 1569 - Giambattista Marino, influential Italian poet; founder of the school of Marinism, characterized by the use of extravagant conceits.

  • 1638 - Lars (Lasse) Johnstown, Swedish baroque poet, usually referred to by his pseudonym, Lucidor.

  • 1701 - Charles le Beau, French historian, writer, and educator.

  • 1741 - Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos, French general and controversial author, best known for his epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), which was considered scandalous in his day; he also invented the modern artillery shell.

  • 1777 - Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist, poet, and novelist.

  • 1785 - Thomas Love Peacock, author, poet, and essayist.

  • 1865 - Logan Pearsall Smith, American-born essayist and critic who became a British citizen; he was especially known for his aphorisms and epigrams.

  • 1889 - Fannie Hurst, novelist who frequently wrote about women as the subject of economic and social discrimination.

  • 1894 - H. L. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and poet.

  • 1895 - Raymond Brulez, Flemish author and broadcaster, known for his skepticism.

  • 1897 - Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist and author, best known for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, a personality assessment she created with her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs.

  • 1948 - Ntozake Shange, American poet and playwright whose work explores issues of race and feminism.

  • 1950 - Wendy Wasserstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and professor.

  • 1951 - Terry McMillan, bestselling American novelist.

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