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October 21 Writer Birthdays

Coleridge - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
October 21 Writer Birthdays

  • 1772 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, philosopher, and literary critic, best known for his works The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan; he was one of the Lake Poets and is considered a founder (along with his friend, poet William Wordsworth) of the Romantic movement in English poetry.

  • 1845 - William McKendree Carleton, American poet who wrote about rural life.

  • 1846 - Edmondo De Amicis, Italian novelist, journalist, poet, children's author, and short-story writer.

  • 1850 - Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (better known as Salomé Ureña), revered Dominican Republic poet and educator.

  • 1894 - Edogawa Ranpo, pen name of Japanese author and critic Tarō Hirai, who helped developed Japanese mystery fiction.

  • 1904 - Patrick Kavanagh, Irish poet and novelist who is considered one of the foremost poets of the 20th century.

  • 1914 - Martin Gardner, American popular math and science writer and puzzle creator; he wrote a math games column in Scientific American for many years.

  • 1929 - Ursula K. LeGuin, American science fiction and fantasy author, multiple winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; she has also written realistic fiction, essays, and children's books; designated a Grand Master by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

  • 1936 - Simon James Holliday Gray, English playwright, memoirist, and university lecturer.

  • 1940 - Frances FitzGerald, American journalist and author, best known for her account of the Vietnam War.

  • 1943 - Ann Cameron, popular author of children's and young-adult books who works with Lake Atitlan Libraries, a foundation that aims to improve literacy by supporting libraries in Latin America.

  • 1947 - Ai Ogawa, National Book Award-winning American poet whose original name was Florence Anthony.

  • 1947 - Mary Pipher, American psychologist and author.

  • 1952 - Patti Davis, actress, novelist, and autobiographer who is the daughter of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

  • 1956 - Carrie Fisher, American actress, bestelling novelist, and screenwriter who was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" film series; Fisher was the daughter of iconic actress, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds and singing star Eddie Fisher.

LeGuin - A Wizard of EarthseaFisher - Postcards From the EdgeCameron - Colibri