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October 17 Writer Birthdays

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October 17 Writer Birthdays

  • 1711 - Jupiter Hammon, poet and slave who was the first African American to be a published writer in the United States.

  • 1719 - Jacques Cazotte, French author of romantic fiction, poety, and children's stories.

  • 1725 - John Wilkes, outspoken English journalist and politician.

  • 1813 - Georg Büchner, German playwright, poet, and author who was also a revolutionary, a natural scientist, and the brother of physician and philosopher Ludwig Büchner.

  • 1827 - Samuel Ringgold Ward, African-American abolitionist who escaped slavery to become a minister and author.

  • 1864 - Elinor Glyn, British novelist and scriptwriter whose romantic fiction was considered scandalous in her day.

  • 1898 - Simon Vestdijk, Dutch doctor who gave up medicine and became instead a novelist, poet, and essayist; he is considered one of the Netherlands' most important 20th century writers.

  • 1903 - Nathanael West (born Nathan Weinstein) American novelist, screenwriter, and satirist.

  • 1915 - Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, essayist, novelist, and screenwriter; his second wife was actress Marilyn Monroe.

  • 1917 - Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor.

  • 1920 - Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist, journalist, and newspaper editor.

  • 1930 - Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, columnist, and author.

  • 1946 - Drusilla Modjeska, English-born Australian writer and editor whose work often explores the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction.

  • 1948 - Robert Jordan (real name James Oliver Rigney Jr.), popular American author of epic fantasy, best known for the "Wheel of Time" series; he is one of several writers to have written original Conan the Barbarian novels; he also wrote historical fiction under pseudonym Reagan O'Neal, a western as Jackson O'Reilly, and dance criticism as Chang Lung. Additionally, he ghostwrote an "international thriller" that is still believed to have been written by someone else.

  • 1950 - Wally Lamb, bestselling American author and professor; he is best known for his novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both of which were selected for Oprah's Book Club.

  • 1970 - Ariel Levy, staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture; her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Vogue, Slate, and the New York Times