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December 9 Writer Birthdays

Milton - Paradise Lost
December 9 Writer Birthdays

  • 1608 - John Milton, English epic poet who penned Paradise Lost.

  • 1848 - Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist, fiction writer, and folklorist; collector and reteller of the African-American folktales that became known as the Uncle Remus stories.

  • 1899 - Jean de Brunhoff, French author of children's books, best known for creating Babar the Elephant.

  • 1899 - Leonie Fuller, U.S. Poet Laureate. writer, editor, and professor with connections to many of the leading intellectuals of her day; anthropologist Margaret Mead was her college roommate; friends included writer Gertrude Stein, literary critic Edmund Wilson, and another Poet Laureate, Louise Bogan.

  • 1905 - Dalton Trumbo, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Roman Holiday, Exodus, Spartacus, and many other films; blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

  • 1915 - Eloise Jarvis McGraw, three-time Newbery Honor-winning American author of novels for children and young adults.

  • 1916 - Wolfgang Hildesheimer, artist, author, playwright, and Mozart biographer who worked as a translator and clerk at the Nuremberg Trials.

  • 1928 - Joan Blos, American writer and children's literacy advocate whose historical novel A Gathering of Days won a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal.

  • 1930 - Buck Henry, humorous actor and screenwriter; he worked on The Graduate, Catch 22, Get Smart, Saturday Night Live, and more.

  • 1930 - Edoardo Sanguineti, Italian poet, critic, and playwright.

  • 1936 - A.B. Yehoshua, Israeli novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and playwright whom the New York Times has called, "Israeli Faulkner."

  • 1937 - Mary Downing Hahn, American author of young-adult mysteries.

  • 1942 - Joe McGinniss, American author of nonfiction, novels, and true crime stories.

  • 1943 - Joanna Trollope, British writer of romantic and historical fiction who also wrote under the pen name Caroline Harvey.

Blos - A Gathering of DaysHildesheimer - MozartMcGinniss - Fatal VisionMcGraw - The Golden Goblet