Writer in History (Part 16)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,622

  • 1914-02-25 John Arlott, cricketer (the doyen of cricket commentators & writers)
  • 1914-03-01 Ralph Waldo Ellison, US writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast)
  • 1914-03-13 W.O. Mitchell, Canadian writer (d. 1998)
  • 1914-03-28 Bohumil Hrabal, writer
  • 1914-03-31 Octavio Paz, Mexico, 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, writer
  • 1914-08-26 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (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, US writer (Boston Adventure, Lion & Carpenter)
  • 1915-07-04 Christine Lavant, writer
  • 1915-08-03 Sal Santen, Dutch writer
  • 1915-08-24 James Tiptree, Jr., American writer (d. 1987)
  • 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, US 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
  • 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
  • 1916-11-11 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)

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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 New York City (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)
  • 1917-04-09 Johannes Bobrowski, writer
  • 1917-04-28 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • 1917-04-28 Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • 1917-05-21 Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • 1917-07-24 John Hillaby, writer/traveller
  • 1917-08-17 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, born in Baghdad (d. 1995)
  • 1917-11-23 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • 1917-12-15 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1917-12-27 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
  • 1918-01-30 Jarl Andre Bjerke, [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet/writer
  • 1918-03-09 Mickey Spillane, [Frank], mystery writer (I the Jury), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1918-03-15 Richard Ellmann, US, literary scholar/writer (Oscar Wilde)
  • 1918-03-20 Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • 1918-04-13 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, born in St Pauls Cray, Kent (2002)
  • 1918-04-23 Maurice Druon, [Kessel], French writer/journalist (Prix Goncourt)
  • 1918-05-16 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1501 - 1,600 of 2,132

  • 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, US 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, Italy, chemist/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, US, 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
  • 1988-08-21 Hans Gunther Adler, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1988-10-01 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)
  • 1988-10-18 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • 1988-11-22 Erich Fried, 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
  • 1989-08-23 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • 1989-08-26 Irving Stone, US 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)
  • 1989-10-25 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies

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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
  • 1990-05-13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies
  • 1990-05-22 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • 1990-05-28 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • 1990-06-01 Eric Barker, actor/writer (Carry on Sergeant, Roommates), dies
  • 1990-07-21 Manuel Puig, Argentine writer (Buenos Aires Affair), dies at 57
  • 1990-08-02 Norman Mclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1990-08-19 Ben Rutgers Van de Loeff-Basenau, children's book writer, dies at 80
  • 1990-08-20 Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist/writer, dies
  • 1990-08-24 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer (b. 1941)
  • 1990-08-24 Gailli AbedElrhman, Sudanese writer (b. 1931)
  • 1990-08-25 Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (b. 1903)
  • 1990-09-26 Alberto Moravia, Italian writer (Woman in Red), dies at 82
  • 1990-09-30 Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
  • 1990-09-30 Patrick White, Australian writer (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 1990-09-30 Alice Parizeau, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 1990-11-30 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, dies at 78
  • 1990-12-07 Horst Bienek, writer, dies at 60
  • 1990-12-13 Friedrich Dörrenmatt, Swiss writer (Besuch der alten Dame), dies at 69
  • 1990-12-14 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer, dies of heart failure at 69
  • 1991-01-01 Charles B Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83
  • 1991-01-12 Vasco Pratolini, Italy, writer (Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77
  • 1991-01-19 John Russell, American actor (Apache Uprising, Yellow Sky), dies at 70
  • 1991-01-23 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • 1991-01-26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • 1991-02-21 Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky's II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
  • 1991-03-30 Jan Willem Hofstra, Dutch actor/writer (Friends of My Friends), dies

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1991-04-03 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • 1991-04-04 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • 1991-04-20 Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • 1991-04-27 Marcus Heeresma, writer/poet (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies
  • 1991-05-06 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • 1991-05-10 Armand HF Boni, [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • 1991-05-28 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • 1991-05-31 Angus Wilson, [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies
  • 1991-06-10 Vercors, [Jean Bruller], French writer (Silence of Mer), dies
  • 1991-07-13 Cor Ria Leeman, Flemish (youth)writer, dies
  • 1991-07-24 Isaac B Singer, Polish/US writer (Yentl, Nobel 1978), dies at 87
  • 1991-08-17 Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • 1991-08-21 Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • 1991-08-24 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • 1991-08-25 Niven Busch, US writer (Duel in the Sun), dies
  • 1991-08-29 Dallas Adams, British painter/writer/actor (Terror from Within), dies
  • 1991-09-04 Thomas Tryon, actor (Cardinal)/writer (Other), dies at 65
  • 1991-09-07 John Crosby, US columnist/detective writer dies at 79
  • 1991-09-08 Jan J Lipski, chairman (Polish Socialist Party)/writer, dies
  • 1991-09-29 Sam Ntuli, South African ANC-writer, murdered
  • 1991-10-08 Natalia Ginzburg, Italian writer (Sounds of the Night), dies at 75
  • 1991-10-15 Hotze de Roos, carpenter/kid book writer (Chameleon series), dies
  • 1991-10-31 James Marshall, US children's book writer/illustrator, dies at 50