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June 21 Writer Birthdays

June 21 Writer Birthdays

  • 1839 - Joaquim Maria Machado (often known as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho), Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and advocate of monarchism; he is widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature.

  • 1850 - Daniel Carter Beard, American author and illustrator who was active in early scouting and wrote and illustrated The American Boy's Handy Book.

  • 1894 - Milward Kennedy, English crime writer known for police mysteries and private investigator stories.

  • 1898 - Donald C. Peattie, American naturalist and author who wrote on botany and history.

  • 1905 - Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, best known as a leader of the Existentialist movement.

  • 1912 - Mary McCarthy, American novelist, critic, and political activist who was famously called, “a literary figure, a political figure, an urbane figure, a very witty figure who had honesty and wasn’t shy about expressing her opinions.”

  • 1935 - Françoise Sagan, French novelist, playwright, and screenwriter whose first book was published when she was just 18 years old.

  • 1938 - John W. Dower, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer and historian.

  • 1942 - Henry S. Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.

  • 1948 - Ian McEwan, English novelist and screenwriter.

  • 1949 - John Agard, Guyanan poet, playwright, and children’s writer.

  • 1950 - Anne Carson, Canadian poet, essayist, translator, and professor of Classics.

  • 1953 - Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani political leader and memoirist.

  • 1956 - Lyubov Sirota, Kazakhstan-born Ukrainian poet, writer, playwright, journalist, and translator.

  • 1957 - Berke Breathed, American cartoonist best known for his Bloom County comic strip and books.

  • 1963 - Dr. Jan Jaroslav Pinkava, Czech screenwriter and  director, best known for his Oscar-winning animated Pixar film, Ratatouille.