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January 9 Writer Birthdays

January 9 Writer Birthdays

  • 1728 - Thomas Warton, critic and poet who became British Poet Laureate.

  • 1790 - Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish romantic poet.

  • 1811 - Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer and humorist whose family claimed descent from Thomas Becket.

  • 1829 - Thomas William Robertson, English playwright.

  • 1832 - Félix-Gabriel Marchand, journalist, author, and politician who was Premier of Quebec.

  • 1856 - Anton Aškerc, ethnic Slovene poet and Roman Catholic priest who worked in Austria, best known for his epic poems.

  • 1856 - Lizette Woodworth Reese, American writer, poet, and teacher.

  • 1857 - Henry B Fuller, American novelist and short-story writer.

  • 1859 - Carrie Chapman Catt, American writer and activist who was a leader in the women's suffrage movement and founder of the League of Women Voters.

  • 1859 - Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar, editor, critic, and church historian.

  • 1873 - Hayyim Nahman Bialik, influential Estonian-born Jewish poet who was one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew poetry; Israel's national poet.

  • 1876 - Hans Bethge, German poet and editor who also wrote diaries, travelogues, short stories, essays, and plays; he is best known for poetic translations of Chinese classics.

  • 1881 - Giovanni Papini, Italian journalist, essayist, literary critic, poet, and novelist.

  • 1881 - Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet and literary critic

  • 1890 - Karel Capek, Czech writer, playwright, dramatist, essayist, publisher, literary reviewer, photographer, and art critic, best known for his science fiction; he is credited with coining the word "robot."

  • 1890 - Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist and writer.

  • 1891 - August Gailit, Estonian writer of poetry and novels; he co-founded a literary group whose erotic poems were considered scandalous; his novels sometimes dealt with political and social issues.

  • 1897 - Karl Löwith, German philosopher.

  • 1908 - Simone de Beauvoir, French feminist author and essayist.

  • 1920 - Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar.

  • 1921 - Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright

  • 1925 - Abdelhamid Benhadugah, Arab writer who wrote more than fifteen novels in Arabic as well as short stories and plays; he has been described as one of the most important Algerian writers in Arabic of his time.

  • 1928 - Judith Krantz, bestselling American author of romance novels.

  • 1929 - Heiner Müller, German dramatist, poet, writer, essayist, and theatre director.

  • 1929 - Brian Friel, Irish dramatist often called the "Irish Chekhov."

  • 1931 - Algirdas Jonas Budrys, Prussian author of science fiction.

  • 1933 - Sonia Garmers, Antillean author of novels, stories, children's books, and cookbooks.

  • 1933 - Wilbur Smith, Zambian-born novelist specializing in historical fiction about Southern Africa, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families

  • 1936 - Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer of bestselling fiction, mostly set in the southern United States.

  • 1937 - Klaus Schlesinger, German novelist and journalist.

  • 1943 - Robert Drewe, Australian novelist, short-story writer, and nonfiction writer.

  • 1954 - Thorvald Steen, Norwegian novelist, playwright, poet, children's author, short story writer, and essayist.