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October 31 Writer Birthdays

October 31 Writer Birthdays

  • Paterson - Bridge to Terabithia.jpg1795 - John Keats, English Romantic poet, considered one of the greats of English literature, though he started out as a medical student; he spent the last year of his life in Italy, and died there in 1821 at the age of 25.

  • 1876 - Natalie Clifford Barney, American playwright, poet, and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris; her Left Bank salon brought together writers and artists from around the world, including many leading figures in French literature along with American and British Modernists of the Lost Generation.

  • 1880 - Julia Peterkin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.1895 - Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (better known as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart), French-born English soldier and military historian.

  • 1902 - Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet considered the most influential of the 20th century and one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time.

  • 1920 - Dick Francis, British jockey and crime writer, whose works focus on horse racing in England.

  • 1925 - Lawrence A. Cremin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author.

  • 1932 - Katherine Paterson, American author of fiction for children and teens, best known for such works as Bridge to Terebithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins.

  • 1944 - Holly Hobbie (born Denise Holly Ulinskas; Hobbie was her actual married name), American author and illustrator of the "Toot & Puddle" books, and creator of the beloved character named for herself.

  • 1951 - Ziauddin Sardar, Pakistani-born, London-based scholar, writer and cultural critic who specialises in Muslim thought, the future of Islam, futures studies, and science and cultural relations; he has been named one of Britain's top 100 intellectuals.

  • 1955 - Susan Orlean, American author and journalist, best known for her novel The Orchid Thief.

  • 1959 - Neal Stephenson, American author of speculative fiction, known for such works as Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.

  • 1964 - Frank Bruni, American journalist and NY Times restaurant critic.


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October 1 Writer Birthdays

October 1 Writer Birthdays

  • 1847 - Annie Besant, important British writer, editor, social reformer, philosopher, women's rights activist, orator, and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule; she was put on trial for obscenity (and acquitted) after publishing a pamphlet on birth control.

  • 1893 - Faith Baldwin, popular American author of romance fiction who published more than 100 novels, often focusing on women juggling career and family; many of her books were made into popular movies.

  • 1899 - Ernest Haycox, American author of western fiction.

  • 1911 - Fletcher Knebel, American author of popular political fiction.

  • 1914 - Daniel J. Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian who served as Librarian of Congress.

  • 1914 - Donald Allen Wollheim, science-fiction author, editor, publisher, and fan who has written under his own name and several pseudonyms, including David Grinnell.

  • 1919 - Majrooh Sultanpuri (Asrar Hussain Khan), Indian poet who writes in Urdu, and Bollywood film lyricist.

  • 1920 - David Herbert Donald, American historian, Lincoln biographer, and two-time Pulitzer winner.

  • 1924 - James Earl Carter, Jr. (better known as Jimmy Carter), Nobel Prize-winning American politician and U.S. President who has written 23 books on topics that include humanitarian work, aging, religion, and human rights; he has also written memoir, poetry, and a children's book (illustrated by his daughter Amy).

  • 1928 - Zhu Rongji, prominent Chinese politician who was mayor of Shanghai and Premier of the People's Republic of China, and has written several books since retiring from office; he is also known as a philanthropist, and once acted in an opera.

  • 1935 - Julie (Andrews) Edwards, children's book author who is better known (using her maiden name, Andrews) as the iconic actress and singer who starred in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

  • 1940 - Michael Gruber, American author and ghostwriter who also has written magazine articles on biology and a children's book; he has a PhD in marine sciences, has studied octopus behavior, and has worked as a chef, a rock band roadie, a White House environmental policy expert, and a speechwriter.

  • 1944 - Gay Courter, bestselling American screenwriter, author, and novelist.

  • 1946 - Tim O'Brien, American journalist, novelist, memoirist, and professor, best known for writing about the Vietnam War.

  • 1949 - Isaac Bonewits, American Druid who published books on Neopaganism and magic.

  • 1955 - Debbie Ford, bestselling American author of self-help books.

  • 1959 - Brian P. Cleary, American author of humorous books for children about grammar and math.

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