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June 24 Writer Birthdays

June 24 Writer Birthdays

  • 1542 - John of the Cross, Spanish monk, mystical philosopher, poet, and saint.

  • 1790 - Helena Sophia Ekblom, Swedish religious writer and preacher also known as Predikare-Lena (Preacher-Lena) and Vita jungfrun (The White Maiden); after spending time in a mental institution, she wrote a book of the religious revelations she had there.

  • 1801 - Caroline Clive (born Caroline Meysey-Wigley) English writer who was sometimes known as Caroline Wigley Clive but who used the pseudonym "V."

  • 1842 - Ambrose Bierce, American journalist and writer best known for his short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

  • 1911 - Ernesto Sabato, Argentine writer, painter, and physicist who has been called "the last classic writer in Argentine literature."

  • 1912 - Mary Wesley, English novelist whose successes included 10 bestsellers in the last 20 years of her life.

  • 1915 - Norman Cousins, American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate.

  • 1915 - Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and author of science fiction; coiner of the term "Big Bang."

  • 1937 - Anita Desai, Indian novelist, short-story writer, children's writer, and professor.

  • 1938 - Lawrence Block, American crime and mystery writer, both of whose main series are set in New York.

  • 1941 - Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian/French philosopher.

  • 1944 - Kathryn Lasky, American author of children's and young adult fiction, including the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

  • 1946 - Robert Bernard Reich, an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator who served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton.

  • 1947 - Mark Helprin, American novelist, journalist and conservative commentator.

  • 1947 - Clarissa Dickson Wright, English television chef and author, half of the Two Fat Ladies team.

  • 1949 - Alireza Nourizadeh, Iranian writer, historian, scholar, and journalist.

  • 1950 - Mercedes Lackey, American fantasy and young-adult author, most of whose novels and intertwining series take place on the world of Velgarth.