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February 5 Writer Birthdays

February 5 Writer Birthdays

  • 1813 - Jermain Wesley Loguen, U.S. writer and activist against slavery, known for The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman, a Narrative of Real Life.

  • 1871 - Jovan Dučić, Bosnian Serb modernist poet, political writer, and diplomat.

  • 1893 - William Earl Johns, English pilot and writer of adventure stories, usually under the name Captain W.E. Johns (though he was never actually a captain); he is best known as creator of pilot and adventurer Biggles.

  • 1915 - Margaret Ellis Millar (née Sturm), American-Canadian mystery and suspense writer; married to Kenneth Millar (better known by his pen name Ross Macdonald); she often used Santa Barbara, California, as a setting in her novels, but fictionalized it as San Felice or Santa Felicia.

  • 1928 - Andrew Greeley, prolific American novelist, journalist, columnist, sociologist, and Catholic priest; his novels were controversial because of his explicit treatment of sexuality, leading the National Catholic Register to accuse him of having "the dirtiest mind ever ordained".

  • 1936 - K.S. Nissar Ahmed, prominent Indian poet and writer in the Kannada language; he is also a geologist.

  • 1941 - Stephen Joseph Cannell, American mystery novelist and television screenwriter and producer who created or co-created nearly 40 television series, many of them popular crime shows.

  • 1951 - Elizabeth Swados, American novelist, nonfiction author, children's book author, composer, and theatre director who often wrote humorous satire, but also explored racism, murder, and mental illness; she collaborated on two musicals with cartoonist Gary Trudeau, writing the music to his lyrics.

  • 1953 - Giannina Braschi, Puerto Rican novelist and poet who is considered an influential and revolutionary voice in contemporary Latin American literature.

  • 1957 - Azouz Begag (عزوز بقاق ‎), French writer, politician, and researcher in economics and sociology.

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