Authors' Birthdays - Alphabetical

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Through Jan 13th; May - July & September.

A

  • Ada, Alma Flor (2 Jan 1938)
  • Addison, Joseph (1 May 1672 - 1719): English poet and playwright, best known for the historical play Cato, a tragedy.
  • Alger, Horatio, Jr. (13 Jan 1834): Massachusetts-born rags-to-riches author
  • Alicati, Andreas (12 Jan 1492): Italian author
  • Ames, Lee J. (8 Jan 1921)
  • Anglund, Joan Walsh (3 Jan 1926)
  • Armer, Laura Adams (12 Jan 1874 – 1963)
  • Asimov, Isaac (2 Jan 1920 - 1992): Russian-born scientist and sci-fi writer
  • Azuela, Mariano (1 Jan 1873 - 1952): Mexican novelist

B

  • Blatty, William Peter (7 Jan 1928), NYC-born author of The Exorcist
  • Bloom, Lloyd Bloom (10 Jan 1947)
  • Bodecker, N. M. (13 Jan 1922)
  • Bolognese, Don (6 Jan 1934)
  • Bond, Nancy (8 Jan 1945)
  • Bond, [Thomas] Michael (13 Jan 1926): British children's writer and Paddington Bear creator
  • Bonsall, Crosby (2 Jan 1921 - 1995)
  • Botev, Khristo (5 Jan 1848 – 1876): short-lived Bulgarian poet and revolutionary
  • Bridie, James (3 Jan 1888 - 1951): Scottish dramatist
  • Bulla, Clyde Robert (9 Jan 1914)
  • Burke, Edmund (12 Jan 1729): Irish politician, orator, philosopher, author of many political pamphlets and essays
  • Burleigh, Robert (4 Jan 1936)
  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice (1 Sep 1875 - 1950): American novelist, most famous as the creator of Tarzan of the Apes.

C

  • Calvin, John [Jean] (10 Jul 1509 – 27 May 1564): 2 released; - Calvin books on Project Gutenberg
  • Capek, Karel (9 Jan 1890): Czech novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and essayist, authored the play "R.U.R."
  • Charlip, Remy (10 Jan 1929)
  • Cherry, Lynn (5 Jan 1952)
  • Chorao, Kay (7 Jan 1937)
  • Cicero, [Marcus Tullius] (2 Jan 106 B.C. - 43 B.C.): Roman author, essayist, and poet
  • Cleaver, Vera (6 Jan 1919 – 1993)
  • Clough, Arthur Hugh (1 Jan 1819 - 1861): English poet, whose first and best-known poem was The Bothie of Toberna-Vuolich
  • Clymer, Eleanor (7 Jan 1906 - 2001)
  • Collins, Wilkie [William] (8 Jan 1824 – 1889): Scottish novelist; most popular works are a mystery, The Woman in White (1860), and The Moonstone (1868), forerunner of the modern detective novel
  • Cooper, Floyd (8 Jan 1956)
  • Coppard, A[lfred] E[dgar] (4 Jan 1878): English poet and short story writer

D

  • Danner, Margaret (12 Jan 1915): Kentucky-born African-American poet; many of whose poems focus on Africa, which she visited in 1966
  • de Beauvoir, Simone (9 Jan 1908): French writer
  • de Vere, Aubrey Thomas Hunt (10 Jan 1814): Irish poet, critic, and essayist
  • De Voto, Bernard Augustine (11 Jan 1897): Utah-born novelist, historian, critic, known for works on Mark Twain and histories of the U.S. west
  • Doctorow, E[dgar] L[awrence] (6 Jan 1931): NYC novelist, authored Ragtime
  • Donelaitis, Kristijonas (1 Jan 1714 - 1780): Lithuanian poet
  • Delessert, Etienne (4 Jan 1941)
  • Durrell, Gerald Malcolm (7 Jan 1925 – 1995): British zoologist and writer; brother of Lawrence Durrell
  • Durrenmatt, Friedrich (5 Jan 1921): Swiss playwright and novelist

E

  • Eco, Umberto (5 Jan 1932): Italian novelist and critic
  • Edgeworth, Maria (1 Jan 1767 - 1849): Anglo-Irish novelist (born Oxfordshire), whose work, including Castle Rackrent (1800) and Ormond (1817) presented lively tales of Irish life

F

  • Finley, Mary Peace (10 Jan 1942)
  • Forster, E[dward] M[organ] (1 Jan 1879 - 1970): English novelist and Ivory-Merchant film muse, whose novels, including A Room with a View (1908), Howard's End (1910), and A Passage to India (1924), pit honest emotion against the acceptable conventions of society
  • Franklin, John Hope (2 Jan 1915): Oklahoma native, African American historian, biographer, and essayist, whose From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans (1947) is still considered the standard text on African American history
  • Frazer, Sir James *[George] (1 Jan 1854 - 1941): Scottish classicist and anthropologist, who wrote The Golden Bough, 2 vols. 1890/12 vols. 1911-15)
  • Freneau, Philip Morin (2 Jan 1752 - 1832): American poet and political gazette editor (born NYC of French Huguenot family), the first poet to use themes from American nature, anticipating the English romantics
  • Fuller, Henry B[lake] (9 Jan 1857): Chicago realistic novelist

G

  • Gauch, Patricial Lee (2 Jan 1934)
  • Gibran, Khalil (6 Jan 1883 – 1931): Lebanese mystic poet (birthdates also listed as Dec. 6 and April 10)
  • Goulart, Ron[ald Joseph] (13 Jan 1933): California-born mystery and sci-fi writer
  • Grimm, Jakob Ludwig Carl (4 Jan 1785 – 1863): German librarian and philologist, and, with his brother Wilhelm, collector of Grimm's fairy tales (1812–1815)
  • Gudmundsson, Tomas (6 Jan 1901): Icelandic poet
  • Guild, Caroline Snowden Whitmarsh (1 Jun 1827 - ?), American Children's author

H

  • Harrington, James (7 Jan 1611): English political author, wrote The Commonwealth of Oceana
  • Hartley, Marsden (4 Jan 1877 – 1943): Maine native, painter and writer
  • Hawking, Stephen [William] (8 Jan 1942): English physicist and author, whose 1988 A Brief History of Time: From Big Bang to Black Holes was a bestseller
  • Haywood, Carolyn (2 Jan 1898 - 1990)
  • Heilbrun, Carolyn (13 Jan 1926): aka Amanda Cross; New Jersey native non-fiction author and mystery writer
  • Hirsh, Marilyn (1 Jan 1944)
  • Ho, Minfong (7 Jan 1951)
  • Hoffman, Rosekrans (7 Jan 1926)
  • Howe, Helen (11 Jan 1905): American performer and novelist; born Boston
  • Hurd, Clement (12 Jan 1908 – 1988)
  • Hurston, Zora Neale (1891 - 1960): Harlem Renaissance folklorist and author, best known for novel Their Eyes Were Watching God

I

J

  • James, William (11 Jan 1842): NYC native, philosopher, psychologist, and older brother of novelist Henry James; penned The Principles of Psychology (1890)
  • Jameson, [Margaret] Storm (8 Jan 1891): English novelist
  • Jeffers, John Robinson (10 Jan 1887 – 20 Jan 1962): American poet, known for his work about the central California coast
  • Jerrold, Douglas William (3 Jan 1803 - 1857): London author and playwright

K

  • Kessler, Ethel (7 Jan 1922)
  • Krahn, Fernando (4 Jan 1935)

L

  • La Rochelle, Pierre Drieu (3 Jan 1893 - 1945): French novelist and essayist
  • Lee, Manfred B. (11 Jan 1905): co-creator, with his cousin Frederic Dunnay, of Ellery Queen
  • Levine, Philip (10 Jan 1928): Detroit-born poet
  • Little, Jean (2 Jan 1932)
  • London, Jack (12 Jan 1876 – 1916): San Francisco writer and socialist

M

  • Maestro, Betsy (5 Jan 1944)
  • Manes, Stephen (8 Jan 1949)
  • McInerney, Jay (13 Jan 1955): Bright Lights, Big City author
  • Michaels, Leonard (2 Jan 1933): NYC-born novelist, and short story writer
  • Morris, Wright (6 Jan 1910 – 1998): Nebraska-born novelist, short story writer, and photographer, who wrote Love Among Cannibals
  • Mosley, Walter (12 Jan 1952): Los Angeles-born detective writer
  • Munoz, William (12 Jan 1949)
  • Murakami, Haruki (12 Jan 1949): Japanese novelist (born Kyoto); wrote Hear the Wind Sing and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, among others

N

  • Nathan, Robert (2 Jan 1894 - 1985): NYC poet and novelist, wrote Portrait of Jennie (1940)
  • Naylor, Phylllis Reynolds (4 Jan 1933)
  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o (5 Jan 1938) aka James T. Nguhi: Kenyan novelist, dramatist, and critic; a significant East African writer
  • Nielsen, Morten (3 Jan 1922 - 1944): short-lived Danish poet and resistance fighter
  • Nwapa, Flora (13 Jan 1931 - 1993): Nigerian novelist and short story writer; one of the first African women to publish in English

O

  • O'Brien, Robert C. (11 Jan 1918–1973)
  • Otfinoski, Steven (11 Jan 1949-)
  • Ousmane, Sembene (8 Jan 1923): Senegalese novelist and screenwriter, renowned for his films and novels addressing social wrongs in post-colonial Africa

P

  • Paton, Alan (11 Jan 1903): South African writer, authored Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Peguy, Charles (7 Jan 1873 – 1914): French Roman Catholic socialist writer and poet, authored essay "Sinners and Saints"
  • Perrault, Charles (12 Jan 1628 - 1703): French lawyer and writer of Mother Goose tales, such as "Puss in Boots" and "Little Red Riding Hood"
  • Piatti, Celestino (5 Jan 1922)
  • Priceman, Marjorie (8 Jan 1958-)
  • Purdy, Carol (5 Jan 1943)

Q

R

  • Rabe, Berniece (11 Jan 1928)
  • Rice, Alice Caldwell Hegan (11 Jan 1870): Kentucky-born novelist; wrote the bestselling Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1901)
  • Robertson, Thomas William (9 Jan 1829): English comedic playwright
  • Rodgers, Mary (11 Jan 1931)
  • Rostkowski, Margaret (12 Jan 1945)

S

  • Salinger, J[erome] D[avid] (1 Jan 1919): NYC-born recluse, best known for The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sand, George (1 Jul 1804 - 1876): French novelist - Sand books on Project Gutenberg
  • Sandburg, Carl (6 Jan 1878 – 1967)
  • Scott, Leonard B. (2 Jan 1948): German-born novelist
  • Scott, William (2 Jan 1914): Wisconsin-born novelist and poet
  • Seibold, J. Otto (3 Jan 1960)
  • Shiki, Masaolka (17 Sep 1867- ), none released;
  • Slepian, Jan[ice] (2 Jan 1921): NYC-born writer of young adult novels
  • Snodgrass, W[illiam] D[e Witt] (5 Jan 1926): won the Pulitzer Prize in 1959
  • Soentpiet, Chris K. (3 Jan 1970)

T

  • Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel] (3 Jan 1892 - 1973): South African fantasy writer
  • Tompert, Ann (11 Jan 1918)

U

  • Ure, Jean (1 Jan 1943): British children's book author

V

  • Vilakazi, Benedict Wallet (6 Jan 1906): South African Zulu poet, novelist, and educator
  • von Bauernfeld, Eduard (13 Jan 1802): Viennese comedic playwright

W

  • Warton, Thomas (9 Jan 1728): English poet and author of the first history of English poetry
  • Watts, Alan (6 Jan 1915 – 1973): English writer and interpreter of Zen Buddhism
  • Williams, Barbara (1 Jan 1925)
  • Williams, Linda (6 Jan 1948)
  • Wiseman, David (13 Jan 1916)
  • Wister, Owen (14 Jul 1860 - 1938): American Novelist

X

Y

Z

  • Zrinyi, Count Miklos (5 Jan 1620): Hungarian poet