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February 28 Writer Birthdays

February 28 Writer Birthdays

  • 1533 - Michel de Montaigne, influential French Renaissance writer and philosopher who popularized the essay as a literary genre.

  • 1814 - William Henry Giles Kingston, British writer of historical novels and travel books, who was best known for his popular tales for boys; often known as "W.H.G." Kingston.

  • 1824 - Karl-Maria Kertbeny (also called Károly Mária Kertbeny or Karl-Maria Benkert), Austrian-born Hungarian journalist, memoirist, and human rights campaigner, best known for coining the words heterosexual and homosexual.

  • 1844 - Girish Chandra Ghosh, Bengali musician, poet, playwright, novelist, theatre director, and actor, considered the Father of Bengali Theatre.

  • 1894 - Ben Hecht, prolific American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist who was sometimes called the Shakespeare of Hollywood.

  • 1895 - Marcel Pagnol, French author, playwright, and filmmaker, best known for his novel Jean de Florette.

  • 1902 - Marcela Paz, pen name of Esther Huneeus Salas de Claro, a popular Chilean writer and children's author.; she also used the pen names of Paula de la Sierra, Lukim Retse, P. Neka, and Juanita Godoy.

  • 1946 - Steve Martini, American journalist, lawyer, and author of legal thrillers.

  • 1948 - Donna Jo Napoli, American writer of children's and young adult fiction, as well as a prominent linguist and professor.

  • 1959 - Megan McDonald, American children's author, best known for the Judy Moody books.

  • 1965 - Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning Irish writer of literary fiction.

  • 1970 - Lemony Snicket, Pen name of Daniel Handler, author of the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books.

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