Novelists in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1860-03-21 English novelist George Eliot finishes her novel "The Mill on the Floss" in Wandsworth, London

Writer George Eliot
Writer
George Eliot

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1926-12-03 Detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1946-12-10 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1958-10-23 Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-02-13 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is deported from the Soviet Union to Frankfurt, West Germany and stripped of his Soviet citizenship

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • 1974-09-19 The KGB begin a large-scale operation to discredit Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and cut his communications with Soviet dissidents
  • 1980-03-06 French Academy, founded in 1635, elects it 1st woman novelist (Marguerita Youcenar)
  • 1990-12-05 British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie appears in public for 1st time in 2 years after Iran called for his assassination
  • 2007-06-12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2019-09-10 Novelist Margaret Atwood publishes "The Testaments", her follow-up to "The Handmaid's Tale"


Famous Birthdays

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  • 1634-03-16 Contessa Marie Madeleine La Fayette, novelist
  • 1640-12-14 Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist, baptized in Canterbury, England (d. 1689)

Person of interestDaniel Defoe

1660-09-13 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), born in London, England (d. 1731)

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 1689-08-19 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), born in Mackworth, Derbyshire, England (d. 1761)
  • 1697-04-01 Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (d. 1763)
  • 1707-02-15 Claude Prosper, novelist, born in Paris, France
  • 1707-04-22 Henry Fielding, English novelist (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones), born in Sharpham, Somerset, England (d. 1754)
  • 1713-11-24 Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist/satirist (Tristram Shandy)
  • 1715-07-04 Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and novelist (Fables & Tales), born in Hainchen, Germany (d. 1769)
  • 1730-11-10 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and dramatist (She Stoops to Conquer), born in Kilkenny West, Ireland (d. 1774)
  • 1746-02-16 Johann Heinse, German Sturm und Drang novelist/art critic
  • 1752-06-13 Fanny Burney, English novelist (Camille, Evelina), born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England (d. 1840)
  • 1762-01-23 Christian A Vulpius, German novelist & dramatist (Rinaldo Rinaldini), born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1827)
  • 1763-10-24 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (Florentin), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1839)
  • 1764-07-09 Ann Radcliffe, English Gothic novelist (The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest), born in London (d. 1823)
  • 1767-01-01 Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish novelist (d. 1849)
  • 1768-09-04 Francois René de Chateaubriand, French novelist (Atala), born in Saint-Malo, France (d. 1848)
  • 1771-08-15 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake), born in College Wynd, Edinburgh Scotland (d. 1832)
  • 1775-07-09 Matthew Lewis, English novelist (The Monk), born in London (d. 1818)

Person of interestJane Austen

1775-12-16 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), born in Steventon, England (d. 1817)

Novelist Jane Austen
Novelist
Jane Austen
  • 1779-05-02 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)
  • 1782-09-25 Charles Robert Maturin, Irish playwright and novelist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1824)
  • 1785-03-07 Alessandro Manzoni, Italian poet/novelist (Betrothed)

Person of interestJames Fenimore Cooper

1789-09-15 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (Last of Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey

  • 1791-10-01 Sergey Aksakov, Russian novelist (Chronicles of a Russian Family), born in Ufa, Russian Empire (d. 1859) [OS 09/20]
  • 1794-02-20 William Carleton, Irish novelist (d. 1869)
  • 1796-12-17 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville), born in Windsor, Canada (d. 1865)
  • 1799-05-20 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France (d. 1850)
  • 1802-01-06 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian writer (Gramatica), born in Târgoviște, Romania (d. 1872)
  • 1802-03-24 Jacob van Lennep, Dutch poet and novelist
  • 1803-05-17 Robert Smith Surtees, British novelist (Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities), born in The Riding, England (d. 1864)
  • 1804-01-20 Eugène Sue, French novelist (d. 1857)
  • 1804-07-01 George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant], French novelist (Valentine, Le Figaro), born in Paris, France (d. 1876)
  • 1807-08-08 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (d. 1892)
  • 1809-03-31 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), born in Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)
  • 1810-09-29 Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, novelist, born in London, England
  • 1810-11-07 Fritz Reuter, German novelist, born in Stavenhagen, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 1811-07-18 William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), born in Kolkata, India (d. 1863)

Person of interestCharles Dickens

1812-02-07 Charles Dickens, English novelist (Oliver Twist, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1870)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • 1812-06-18 Ivan Goncharov, Russian novelist/travel writer (Oblomov)
  • 1814-04-19 Louis Amédée Achard, French novelist (The Cloak and Dagger), born in Marseille, France (d. 1875)
  • 1814-06-08 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth), born in Ipsden, Oxfordshire (d. 1884)
  • 1815-03-28 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, born in Bruyères, France (d. 1896)
  • 1815-04-24 Anthony Trollope, English novelist and poet (Barchester Towers), born in London (d. 1882)

Person of interestCharlotte Brontë

1816-04-21 Charlotte Brontë, English novelist (Jane Eyre), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1855)

  • 1817-08-24 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Prince Serebrenni), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875)
  • 1818-01-14 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish historical novelist (Surgeon's Stories), born in Nykarleby, Finland (d. 1898)
  • 1818-04-04 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (The Headless Horseman), born in Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland (d. 1883)
  • 1818-04-23 James Anthony Froude, English historian and novelist (The Nemesis of Faith), born in Dartington Rectory, Devon (d. 1894)

Person of interestEmily Brontë

1818-07-30 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1848)

  • 1818-11-09 Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Fathers & Sons), born in Oryol, Russian Empire (d. 1883)
  • 1819-02-19 Mark Prager Lindo, English Dutch writer, born in London, England (d. 1877)
  • 1819-07-19 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss poet and novelist, born in Zurich (d. 1890)
  • 1819-12-26 E. D. E. N. Southworth, American novelist (d. 1899)
  • 1820-01-17 Anne Brontë, English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1849)

Person of interestFyodor Dostoyevsky

1821-11-11 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1881)

  • 1821-12-12 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), born in Rouen, France (d. 1880)
  • 1825-06-07 R. D. Blackmore, English novelist (Norie, Lorna Doone), born in Longworth, Berkshire, England (d. 1900)
  • 1826-01-06 Herman Grimm, German writer & novelist (Ralph Waldo Emerson), born in Kassel, Hesse (d. 1901)
  • 1828-02-12 George Meredith, England, poet/novelist (Shaving of Shagpat)
  • 1828-04-04 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), born in Wallyford, Scotland (d. 1897)

Person of interestLeo Tolstoy

1828-09-09 Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich], Russian novelist (Anna Karenina, War and Peace), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia (d. 1910)

Novelist Leo Tolstoy
Novelist
Leo Tolstoy
  • 1829-09-12 Charles Dudley Warner, American novelist (Being a Boy), born in Plainfield, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1830-12-17 Jules de Goncourt, French novelist (Germinie), wrote with his brother Edmond de Goncourt, born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • 1830-12-22 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1912)
  • 1833-02-06 José María de Pereda, Spanish novelist, born in Polanco, Spain (d. 1906)
  • 1837-03-01 William Dean Howells, American novelist/critic/editor (Atlantic)
  • 1838-06-27 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Indian novelist (Anandamath), born in Naihati, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1894)
  • 1840-04-02 Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (J'accuse), born in Paris, France (d. 1902)
  • 1840-06-02 Thomas Hardy, poet and novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd), born in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset (d. 1928)
  • 1841-06-06 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), born in Milkowszczyzna, Poland (d. 1910)
  • 1843-05-10 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (Episodios Nacionales), born in Las Palmas, Spain (d. 1920)
  • 1843-06-09 Bertha von Suttner, Austrian novelist and pacifist (1st woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905), born in Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia (d. 1914)
  • 1844-03-31 Andrew Lang, Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and anthropologist (Andrew Lang's Fairy Books), born in Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland (d. 1912)
  • 1845-11-25 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese novelist, born in Póvoa de Varzim (d. 1900)
  • 1846-07-11 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist, born in Périgueux, France (d. 1917)
  • 1846-08-25 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1848-10-05 Guido von List, Austrian-German occultist and novelist (Jung Diethers Heimkehr), born in Vienna (d. 1919)
  • 1849-01-22 August Strindberg, Swedish dramatist/novelist (Apologia)
  • 1849-11-22 Fritz Mauthner, Austro-Hungarian novelist & critic, born in Hořice, Czech Republic (d. 1923)
  • 1850-01-14 Pierre Loti, French naval officer & novelist, born in Rochefort, France (d. 1923)
  • 1850-03-24 Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)
  • 1850-06-27 Ivan Vazov, Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright (Under the Yoke), born in Sopot, Bulgaria (d. 1921)
  • 1851-04-25 Leopoldo Alas, Spanish novelist (La Regenta), born in Zamora, Spain (d. 1901)
  • 1852-02-24 George A Moore, Irish painter/novelist (Esther Waters)
  • 1852-09-02 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (d. 1935)
  • 1853-12-26 René Bazin, French novelist (d. 1932)
  • 1857-11-22 George Gissing, British novelist (New Grub Street, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study), born in Wakefield, England (d. 1903)

Person of interestJoseph Conrad

1857-12-03 Joseph Conrad, Polish novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness), born in Berdychiv, Poland (d. 1924)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad
  • 1858-05-08 John Meade Falkner, English novelist (Moonfleet), born in Manningford, England (d. 1932)
  • 1859-07-06 Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish poet and novelist (Charles Men, Nobel 1916), born in Olshammar, Örebro County, Sweden (d. 1940)
  • 1860-05-09 J.M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), born in Kirriemuir, Angus (d. 1937)
  • 1860-09-24 S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist (The Stickit Minister), born in Duchrae, Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire (d. 1914)
  • 1861-12-19 Italo Svevo, Trieste Austria, Italian novelist (La Coscienza di Zeno)

Person of interestEdith Wharton

1862-01-24 Edith Wharton [-Jones], Pulitzer prize-winning novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton
  • 1862-02-17 Mori Ōgai, Japanese novelist and poet (d. 1922)
  • 1862-05-15 Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian playwright/novelist (La Ronde)
  • 1862-11-04 Eden Phillpotts, English novelist, poet and playwright (Red Madymaynes), born in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India (d. 1960)
  • 1863-02-09 Anthony Hope [Hopkins], novelist, born in London, England
  • 1863-02-17 Fyodor Sologub, Russian symbolist novelist and poet (d. 1927)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1836-04-02 English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens (24) marries Catherine Thomson Hogarth (20)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • 1836-08-20 English novelist (Vanity Fair) William Makepeace Thackeray (25) marries Isabella Gethin Shawe (20)

LoveWedding of Interest

1840-02-01 Novelist Alexandre Dumas (37) weds actress Ida Ferrier

LoveWedding of Interest

1847-08-04 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville

LoveWedding of Interest

1854-06-29 English Novelist and author of "Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë marries curate Arthur Bell Nicholls

LoveWedding of Interest

1857-01-10 Novelist Jules Verne (28) weds Honorine de Viane Morel

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne

LoveWedding of Interest

1862-09-23 Russian novelist and author of "War and Peace" Leo Tolstoy (34) marries Sophia Andreevna Behrs (18) daughter of a physician

Novelist Leo Tolstoy
Novelist
Leo Tolstoy

LoveWedding of Interest

1867-02-15 Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (45) weds Anna Snitkina at Trinity Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

LoveWedding of Interest

1878-12-04 Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker

LoveWedding of Interest

1880-05-06 Novelist Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (60) marries banker John Cross (40) at George's, London

Writer George Eliot
Writer
George Eliot

LoveWedding of Interest

1880-05-19 Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (29) weds Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne (40) in San Francisco

LoveWedding of Interest

1885-04-29 Novelist Edith Wharton (23) weds Edward Robbins Wharton (35)

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Edith Wharton
Pulitzer prize winning novelist
Edith Wharton

LoveWedding of Interest

1904-08-02 Novelist Hermann Hesse (27) weds Maria Bernoulli

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

LoveWedding of Interest

1905-02-11 Novelist Thomas Mann (29) weds Katia Pringsheim (21) in Munich, Germany

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • 1918-04-12 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill marries second wife novelist Agnes Boulton

LoveWedding of Interest

1920-04-03 Novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Sayre (19) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York

LoveWedding of Interest

1934-06-28 Novelist Kenneth Patchen (22) weds Miriam Patchen in nearby Sharon, Pennsylvania

Poet and Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet and Novelist
Kenneth Patchen

LoveWedding of Interest

1936-06-09 Novelist and journalist George Orwell (33) weds Eileen Maud O'Shaugnessy (30) at St. Mary's Church

LoveWedding of Interest

1942-01-22 Novelist Anthony Burgess (25) weds Llewela Jones

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess

LoveWedding of Interest

1946-08-26 "Gone with the Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland weds screenwriter and novelist Marcus Goodrich

LoveWedding of Interest

1955-02-17 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

LoveWedding of Interest

1956-04-23 Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis

LoveWedding of Interest

1961-09-10 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

LoveWedding of Interest

1963-11-10 Actress Doris Roberts (33) weds novelist William Goyen (48)

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-01-01 Novelist Michael Crichton (22) weds high school sweetheart Joan Radam

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-09-25 Novelist Danielle Steel (18) weds banker Claude-Eric Lazard

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-03-17 Novelist Alice Walker (23) weds civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal in New York City

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker

LoveWedding of Interest

1980-11-11 Novelist Norman Mailer (57) weds Norris Church (31) in Brooklyn, New York

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-10-14 Novelist Sidney Sheldon (72) weds Alexandra Sheldon in Las Vegas, Nevada

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 1996-11-30 Multimillionaire and top-selling female suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark (67) weds Merrill Lynch Futures retired CEO John Conheeney (67) in Saddle River, New Jersey
  • 1997-08-28 British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West
  • 1998-03-27 Novelist Danielle Steel (50) weds financier Thomas James Perkins (66)
  • 1999-06-26 Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy (52) weds freelance journalist Alexandra Llewellyn (32) in Manhattan

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-12-18 Founder of Oracle Larry Ellison (59) weds romance novelist Melanie Craft in Woodside, California

Entrepreneur and Founder of Oracle Larry Ellison
Entrepreneur and Founder of Oracle
Larry Ellison

Famous Divorces

  • 1929-07-03 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill divorces second wife novelist Agnes Boulton after 11 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1978-04-14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 1993-03-02 Novelist Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) divorces Marianne Wiggins

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-09-28 Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (66) divorces romance novelist Melanie Craft after six years of marriage

Entrepreneur and Founder of Oracle Larry Ellison
Entrepreneur and Founder of Oracle
Larry Ellison

Famous Deaths

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  • 1638-01-27 Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, Spanish novelist
  • 1655-07-28 Cyrano de Bergerac, French dramatist/novelist, dies at 36 in Paris
  • 1688-08-31 John Bunyan, English minister and author (The Pilgrim's Progress), dies at 59
  • 1689-04-16 Aphra Behn, English dramatist and novelist, dies at 48

Person of interestDaniel Defoe

1731-04-24 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 1754-10-08 Henry Fielding, English novelist (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones), dies at 47
  • 1756-02-25 Eliza Haywood, English actress and novelist (Love in Excess; or, The Fatal Enquiry), dies at 63
  • 1761-07-04 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), dies at 71
  • 1769-12-13 Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, German poet and novelist (Fables & Tales), dies at 54
  • 1771-09-17 Tobias Smollett, Scottish novelist (The Adventures of Roderick Random), dies at 50
  • 1774-04-04 Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and dramatist (She Stoops to Conquer), dies at 45
  • 1789-01-23 John Cleland, English novelist (b. 1709)
  • 1793-12-23 Antoine François Prévost, French author and novelist (b. 1697)
  • 1804-01-04 Charlotte Lennox, English novelist (The Female Quixote), dies
  • 1806-10-28 Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and novelist (b. 1749)

Person of interestJane Austen

1817-07-18 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), dies at 41

Novelist Jane Austen
Novelist
Jane Austen
  • 1818-05-14 Matthew Lewis, English novelist (The Monk), dies at 42
  • 1823-02-07 Ann Radcliffe, English Gothic novelist (The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest), dies at 58
  • 1832-09-21 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake), dies at 61
  • 1839-04-11 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), dies at 59
  • 1839-08-03 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (Florentin), dies at 74
  • 1840-01-06 Fanny Burney, English novelist (Camille, Evalina), dies at 87
  • 1841-07-27 Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and writer (Demon & other poems), dies at 26
  • 1848-07-04 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand, French novelist (Atala), dies at 79

Person of interestEmily Brontë

1848-12-19 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30

  • 1849-05-28 Anne Brontë, English novelist (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), dies at 29
  • 1850-05-24 Jane Porter, novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 1850-08-18 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), dies at 51

Person of interestMary Shelley

1851-02-01 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1852-03-04 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43

Person of interestCharlotte Brontë

1855-03-31 Charlotte Brontë, English novelist (Jane Eyre), dies at 38

  • 1857-08-03 Eugène Sue, French novelist (b. 1804)
  • 1863-12-24 William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), dies at 52
  • 1864-03-16 Robert Smith Surtees, British novelist (Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities), dies at 58
  • 1865-08-27 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville), dies at 68
  • 1865-11-12 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (b. 1810)
  • 1869-01-30 William Carleton, Irish novelist (b. 1794)
  • 1869-02-04 Johan Michiel Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future), dies at 60
  • 1874-07-12 Fritz Reuter, German novelist, dies at 63
  • 1875-03-25 Louis Amédée Achard, French novelist (The Cloak and Dagger), dies at 60
  • 1875-10-10 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and dramatist (Prince Serebrenni), dies at 58
  • 1879-02-11 Willem Josephus van Zeggelen, Dutch author, dies at 67
  • 1880-05-08 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), dies at 58

Person of interestGeorge Eliot

1880-12-22 George Eliot [Mary Anne Evans], English novelist (Adam Bede, Middlemarch), dies on her 61st birthday

Writer George Eliot
Writer
George Eliot

Person of interestFyodor Dostoyevsky

1881-02-09 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, dies from a pulmonary haemorrhage at 59

  • 1882-12-06 Anthony Trollope, English novelist and poet (Barchester Towers), dies at 67
  • 1883-09-03 Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Fathers & Sons), dies from a spinal tumour at 64
  • 1883-10-22 Thomas Mayne Reid, Irish-American novelist (The Headless Horseman), dies at 65
  • 1884-04-11 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth), dies at 69
  • 1890-07-16 Gottfried Keller, German-Swiss novelist and poet, dies at 70
  • 1892-02-05 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
  • 1894-04-08 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Indian novelist (Mrinalini, Anandamath), dies at 55
  • 1894-10-20 James Anthony Froude, English historian and novelist (The Nemesis of Faith), dies at 76
  • 1896-02-26 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, dies at 80
  • 1896-07-16 Edmond-Louis-Antoine Huot de Goncourt, novelist, dies at 74
  • 1896-07-16 William Hamilton Gibson, illustrator/author/novelist, dies

BattleJose Rizal

1896-12-30 Jose Protacio Rizal, Filipino nationalist and novelist ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') is executed by firing squad at 35

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • 1897-06-25 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), dies at 69
  • 1900-01-20 R. D. Blackmore, English novelist (Norie, Lorna Doone), dies at 74
  • 1900-10-20 Charles Dudley Warner, American novelist (As We Go), dies at 70

Person of interestOscar Wilde

1900-11-30 Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright and novelist (Importance of Being Earnest), dies in Paris at 46

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1901-05-13 Leopoldo Alas, Spanish novelist (La Regenta), dies at 49
  • 1903-12-28 George Gissing, British novelist (New Grub Street, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study), dies from a chill at 46
  • 1906-03-01 José María de Pereda, Spanish novelist (b. 1833)
  • 1910-05-18 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), dies at 68

Person of interestLeo Tolstoy

1910-11-20 Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich], Russian novelist (Anna Karenina, War & Peace), dies of pneumonia at 82

Novelist Leo Tolstoy
Novelist
Leo Tolstoy
  • 1911-01-24 David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1911-04-25 Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (b. 1862)
  • 1911-09-11 Louis Henri Boussenard, French novelist (b. 1847)
  • 1912-04-24 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), dies at 81
  • 1912-07-20 Andrew Lang, Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and anthropologist (Andrew Lang's Fairy Books), dies at 68
  • 1913-01-13 Thomas P. Krag, Norwegian author and novelist (Jon Graeff, Ulf Ran), dies at 44
  • 1913-07-08 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), dies at 32
  • 1914-04-16 S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist (The Stickit Minister), dies at 54
  • 1916-12-09 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1917-11-03 Léon Bloy, French novelist and essayist, dies at 71
  • 1917-12-26 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, dies at 71
  • 1919-05-17 Guido von List, Austrian-German occultist and novelist (Jung Diethers Heimkehr), dies at 70
  • 1920-01-04 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (Episodios Nacionales), dies at 76
  • 1921-05-13 Jean Aicard, French poet and novelist (b. 1848)
  • 1921-09-22 Ivan Vazov, Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright (Under the Yoke), dies at 71
  • 1923-11-05 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French novelist (b. 1880)
  • 1924-01-02 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer & novelist, dies at 89
  • 1925-12-05 Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924), dies at 58
  • 1926-05-21 Ronald Firbank, British novelist (The Flower Beneath the Foot), dies at 40
  • 1928-01-11 Thomas Hardy, English novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd) and poet, dies near Dorchester at 87
  • 1930-04-22 Jeppe Aakjær, Danish poet & novelist (Bondens Søn), dies at 63
  • 1931-03-27 Arnold Bennett, English novelist (Anna of the Five Towns), dies at 63

Person of interestEdgar Wallace

1932-02-10 Edgar Wallace, English novelist, playwright and journalist (The Terror, The Four Just Men) who created King Kong, dies of diabetes at 76

  • 1932-07-07 Alexander Grin, Russian novelist (Jessie and Morgiana), dies at 51
  • 1932-07-20 René Bazin, French novelist (b. 1853)
  • 1932-09-05 Francisco Acebal, Spanish novelist, playwright and journalist (b. 1866)
  • 1933-01-21 George A. Moore, Irish novelist (b. 1852)
  • 1933-09-24 Alice Muriel Williamson, British novelist (b. 1869)
  • 1935-08-30 Henri Barbusse, French novelist (Le feu), dies at 62
  • 1935-11-23 Louise Mack, Australian poet and novelist, dies at 65
  • 1935-12-25 Paul Bourget, French novelist and critic (b. 1852)
  • 1937-01-14 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, dies at 47
  • 1937-06-19 J. M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), dies at 77