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October 31 Writer Birthdays

October 31 Writer Birthdays

  • Paterson - Bridge to Terabithia.jpg1795 - John Keats, English Romantic poet, considered one of the greats of English literature, though he started out as a medical student; he spent the last year of his life in Italy, and died there in 1821 at the age of 25.

  • 1876 - Natalie Clifford Barney, American playwright, poet, and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris; her Left Bank salon brought together writers and artists from around the world, including many leading figures in French literature along with American and British Modernists of the Lost Generation.

  • 1880 - Julia Peterkin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.1895 - Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (better known as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart), French-born English soldier and military historian.

  • 1902 - Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet considered the most influential of the 20th century and one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time.

  • 1920 - Dick Francis, British jockey and crime writer, whose works focus on horse racing in England.

  • 1925 - Lawrence A. Cremin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author.

  • 1932 - Katherine Paterson, American author of fiction for children and teens, best known for such works as Bridge to Terebithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins.

  • 1944 - Holly Hobbie (born Denise Holly Ulinskas; Hobbie was her actual married name), American author and illustrator of the "Toot & Puddle" books, and creator of the beloved character named for herself.

  • 1951 - Ziauddin Sardar, Pakistani-born, London-based scholar, writer and cultural critic who specialises in Muslim thought, the future of Islam, futures studies, and science and cultural relations; he has been named one of Britain's top 100 intellectuals.

  • 1955 - Susan Orlean, American author and journalist, best known for her novel The Orchid Thief.

  • 1959 - Neal Stephenson, American author of speculative fiction, known for such works as Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.

  • 1964 - Frank Bruni, American journalist and NY Times restaurant critic.