Writer in History (Part 16)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,658

  • 1913-07-01 Jo Sinclair [Ruth Seid], American writer (Wasteland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1913-07-11 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (d. 1966)
  • 1913-07-23 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2010)
  • 1913-08-03 Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian-born television comedy writer (d. 2007)
  • 1913-08-11 Angus Wilson, England, writer (Mulberry Bush-1955)
  • 1913-08-21 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, born in Yaroslavl (d. 2004)
  • 1913-09-12 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer and restaurateur, born in Foochow, China (d. 1995)
  • 1913-10-06 Meret Oppenheim, writer
  • 1913-10-10 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), born in Tananarive, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1913-10-19 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Le ragazze di San Frediano)
  • 1913-12-08 Delmore Schwartz, American poet/short story writer/critic (Shenandoah)
  • 1914-01-18 Arno Schmidt, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • 1914-01-26 Kaye Webb, English writer/publisher (Puffin Club)
  • 1914-02-04 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)
  • 1914-02-07 Ralph Whitlock, English writer, born in Pitton (d. 1995)
  • 1914-02-17 Per-Jakez Helias, writer/teacher
  • 1914-02-25 John Arlott, cricketer (the doyen of cricket commentators & writers)
  • 1914-03-01 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast), born in Oklahoma City (d. 1994)
  • 1914-03-13 W.O. Mitchell, Canadian writer (d. 1998)
  • 1914-03-28 Bohumil Hrabal, writer
  • 1914-03-31 Octavio Paz, Mexican writer/diplomat (Salamandra, Topoemas)
  • 1914-04-22 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, born in Amberg, Bavaria (d. 1988)
  • 1914-04-22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch/English writer (Holland's Glory)
  • 1914-04-25 Claude Mauriac, writer
  • 1914-04-25 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American writer (d. 1948)
  • 1914-04-26 Horace Leonard Gold, Sci-Fi writer/editor
  • 1914-05-08 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1914-05-09 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • 1914-05-12 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet/writer
  • 1914-05-23 Barbara Ward, economist/writer (Only One Earth)
  • 1914-05-24 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • 1914-06-04 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer/journalist
  • 1914-06-08 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, born in Garnsdorf (d. 1967)
  • 1914-06-14 Winifred Milius Lubell, New York, American illustrator and writer (The Outer Lands) (d. 2012)
  • 1914-06-22 Lilo Hardel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1999)
  • 1914-06-27 Alexander Pola, [Abraham Polak], Dutch actor/writer (Farce Major)
  • 1914-06-29 Dr Nnoseng Ellen Kate Khuzwayo, Thaba-Nchu Orange Free State, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman")
  • 1914-07-17 James Purdy, Hicksville, Ohio, writer (The House of the Solitary Maggot), (disputed birthdate, 1923), (d. 2009)
  • 1914-07-18 John G Bearer, writer (Metro, Drunken Canary, Fast Heartbeat)
  • 1914-08-15 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1914-08-26 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1914-08-27 Catherine Marshall, editor/writer
  • 1914-09-15 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (d. 1999)
  • 1914-10-17 Jerry Siegel, comic book writer (Superman)
  • 1914-11-22 Peter Woolridge Townsend, war hero courtier writer
  • 1914-12-27 Giuseppe Berto, Italian writer (Heaven Sees Red)
  • 1915-01-01 Francois Bondy, writer
  • 1915-01-06 Alan Watts, Kent England, writer (Book on the Taboo)
  • 1915-01-06 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst, writer (d. 2001)
  • 1915-01-12 Paul Jarrico, American writer (d. 1997)
  • 1915-01-20 C W Ceram, [Kurt W Marek], German/US writer (March of Archaeology)

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1915-01-31 Thomas Merton, French/American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1915-03-11 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, born in Hannover (d. 1999)
  • 1915-03-22 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (d. 2005)
  • 1915-04-04 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani)
  • 1915-04-04 Lars G Ahlin, Swedish writer (Death of Me)
  • 1915-04-13 Bert [Albert L F] Peleman, [Dirk Dyckmans], Flemish writer
  • 1915-04-13 Stephan Hermlin, writer
  • 1915-04-15 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • 1915-04-16 Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer
  • 1915-04-18 Joy Gresham Lewis, American writer, wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)
  • 1915-04-25 William Goyen, American writer, born in Trinity, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1915-05-06 Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)
  • 1915-06-05 Alfred Kazin, US writer/literature critic (Inmost Leaf)
  • 1915-07-01 Jean Stafford, American writer (Boston Adventure, Lion & Carpenter)
  • 1915-07-04 Christine Lavant, writer
  • 1915-08-03 Sal Santen, Dutch writer
  • 1915-08-26 Humphrey Searle, England, writer (20th Century counterpoint)
  • 1915-12-08 George Scheuer, writer/journalist
  • 1915-12-09 Herbert Huncke, writer
  • 1915-12-20 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer, born on Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1915-12-29 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value)
  • 1916-01-06 Vincent Serventy, Australian writer and conservationist (d. 2007)
  • 1916-01-29 Barbara Skelton, writer
  • 1916-03-04 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer (Botteghe Oscure)
  • 1916-03-08 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1916-04-12 Brian Connell, writer/broadcaster
  • 1916-04-12 Beverly Cleary, American writer
  • 1916-05-11 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer (Nobel Prize 1989), born in Padrón, La Coruña (d. 2002)
  • 1916-05-28 Walker Percy, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1916-06-25 Theodore P Toynbee, British journalist/writer (Savage Days, Barricade)
  • 1916-07-06 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • 1916-08-15 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer (That way Myzeqe), born in Palasë, Himara, Albania (d. 1989)
  • 1916-08-28 C Wright Mills, sociologist, writer (The Power Elite) [or May 28]
  • 1916-09-14 Eric Bentley, England, critic/writer (In Search of Theater)
  • 1916-10-03 Angeles Alvarino Deleira, biologist/oceanographer/writer
  • 1916-10-27 Kazimierz Brandys, writer
  • 1916-10-28 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, born in Inverness (d. 1994)
  • 1916-11-11 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman
  • 1916-12-04 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer (d. 1994)
  • 1916-12-09 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1916-12-14 Shirley Jackson, writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • 1916-12-17 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
  • 1916-12-19 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • 1917-01-06 Guillermo Rosario, Dutch Antilles, writer (E rais ku no ke muri)
  • 1917-01-08 Peter Taylor, US writer
  • 1917-02-22 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1917-03-02 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1917-03-03 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • 1917-03-16 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (d. 1977)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1501 - 1,600 of 2,253

  • 1984-12-14 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer and Nobel laureate (b. 1898)
  • 1985-02-06 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1985-03-15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1985-03-23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer, dies at 85
  • 1985-04-04 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • 1985-04-17 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • 1985-05-11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer and poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • 1985-05-25 Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1985-07-16 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1985-07-19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • 1985-09-21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • 1985-09-30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77
  • 1985-10-15 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • 1985-10-25 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • 1985-11-24 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • 1985-11-25 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • 1985-12-07 Robert Graves, English writer/poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1985-12-17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • 1986-01-04 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • 1986-01-07 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • 1986-01-07 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1986-01-24 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • 1986-01-25 Ernst Schnabel, writer, dies at 72
  • 1986-02-21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)
  • 1986-03-04 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • 1986-03-08 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • 1986-03-18 Bernard Malamud, American writer (Fixer, Natural), dies at 71
  • 1986-04-12 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)
  • 1986-04-17 Bessie Head, writer, dies
  • 1986-04-20 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, dies at 73
  • 1986-04-22 Mircea Eliade, writer, dies
  • 1986-05-27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • 1986-06-06 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • 1986-08-01 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, dies at 70
  • 1986-08-06 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • 1986-08-16 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1986-11-22 William Bradford Huie, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 1987-01-16 Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • 1987-01-16 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • 1987-01-19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • 1987-01-21 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • 1987-02-08 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • 1987-02-22 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • 1987-03-19 Arch Oboler, radio writer (Lights Out), dies at 77
  • 1987-04-04 C.L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • 1987-04-11 Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • 1987-05-04 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59
  • 1987-06-07 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • 1987-06-18 Bruce Marshall, writer, dies at 87
  • 1987-07-18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87

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1987-11-30 James Baldwin, writer (Go Tell it on the Mountain), dies at 63

  • 1987-12-01 James Arthur Baldwin, writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • 1987-12-11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (b. 1923)
  • 1988-02-07 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • 1988-02-15 Neil R[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • 1988-03-27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • 1988-04-12 Alan Stewart Paton, writer, dies
  • 1988-05-08 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 1988-05-10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85
  • 1988-06-10 Louis L'Amour, western writer (Bowdrie), dies at 80 of cancer
  • 1988-06-23 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • 1988-06-28 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies
  • 1988-07-01 Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
  • 1988-08-02 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • 1988-08-14 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1988-08-21 Hans Gunther Adler, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1988-09-21 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • 1988-10-01 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)
  • 1988-10-18 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • 1988-11-07 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74
  • 1988-11-22 Erich Fried, writer, dies at 67
  • 1988-11-22 Erich Freid, Austrian and British writer, dies at 67
  • 1988-12-30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)
  • 1989-01-18 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49
  • 1989-02-08 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • 1989-02-12 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
  • 1989-02-28 Hermann Burger, writer, dies at 46
  • 1989-04-16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • 1989-04-19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • 1989-04-21 James Kirkwood, actor/writer (Devil's Holiday), dies at 64
  • 1989-04-28 Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • 1989-05-02 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1989-05-19 E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • 1989-05-19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • 1989-05-31 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • 1989-06-09 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • 1989-07-17 Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • 1989-08-23 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • 1989-08-26 Irving Stone, American writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • 1989-09-04 Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • 1989-09-15 Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 1989-09-26 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • 1989-10-25 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989-12-22 Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1990-02-17 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • 1990-03-20 Jannetje Visser-Roosendaal, Dutch writer, dies at 90
  • 1990-04-14 Martin Kessel, writer, dies on 89th birthday
  • 1990-04-15 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, dies at 80
  • 1990-05-04 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1990-05-13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies