Novelists in History (Part 4)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 618

  • 1909-02-18 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • 1909-03-07 Leo Malet, French crime novelist (Nestor Burma novels), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1996)
  • 1909-03-22 Gabrielle Roy, French Canadian novelist (Tin Flute), born in St. Boniface, Manitoba (d. 1973)
  • 1909-03-28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1981)
  • 1909-04-13 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1909-06-19 Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist (Tsugaru, No Longer Human)
  • 1909-07-01 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist (La vida breve), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1994)
  • 1909-07-08 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • 1909-07-28 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (Under the Volcano), born in New Brighton, England (d. 1957)
  • 1909-10-07 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (d. 1990)
  • 1910-01-06 Wright Morris, American novelist & photographer, born in Central City, Nebraska (d. 1998)
  • 1910-02-04 Uys Krige, South African playwright/novelist (Orphan of the Desert)
  • 1910-03-22 Nicholas Monsarrat, English novelist (The Cruel Sea), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1979)

Person of interestJean Genet

1910-12-19 Jean Genet, French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), born in Paris, France

Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet
Novelist and Playwright
Jean Genet
  • 1910-12-19 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1911-07-27 Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (The Blaze of Noon), born in Lockwood, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1981)

Person of interestWilliam Golding

1911-09-19 William Golding, English novelist (Lord of the Flies, Nobel Prize for Literature 1983), born in Newquay, Cornwall (d. 1993)

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding
  • 1911-10-05 Brian O'Brien, Irish novelist (At Swim-Two-Birds), born in Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1966)
  • 1911-12-11 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2006)

Person of interestKenneth Patchen

1911-12-13 Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (Cloth of the Tempest), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1972)

Poet and Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet and Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • 1911-12-20 Hortense Calisher, American novelist (Arts & Letters 1967), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911-12-31 Dal Stivens, Australian novelist, born in Blayney, Australia (d. 1997)
  • 1912-01-16 Franz Tumler, Austrian author/novelist (Cloak, Aufruf)
  • 1912-02-11 Roy Fuller, Failsworth, Lancashire, English poet/novelist (Lost Season)
  • 1912-03-12 Kylie Tennant, novelist (Battlers, Lost Haven)
  • 1912-04-29 Terence de Vere White, Irish novelist (An Affair with the Moon), born in Dublin (d. 1994)
  • 1912-05-28 Patrick White, Australian novelist and playwright (Happy Valley, Nobel Prize for Literature 1973), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1912-06-21 Mary McCarthy, American novelist (Group), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1989)
  • 1912-07-20 George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (d. 1970)
  • 1912-09-30 Oliver Charles Anderson, novelist
  • 1913-02-27 Irwin Shaw, American novelist (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1913-07-27 Eva Jones, German poet and novelist (Taboo), born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • 1913-08-28 Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist essayist/dramatist, born in Thamesville, Ontario (d. 1995)

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

1914-02-05 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • 1914-03-27 Budd Schulberg, American novelist and screenwriter (On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1914-04-04 Marguerite Duras, French novelist and playwright (Sea Wall), born in Saigon, French IndoChina (d. 1996)
  • 1914-11-03 Hallgrímur Helgason, Icelandic musicologist, composer, teacher and conductor, born in Eyrarbakki, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • 1915-12-13 Ross MacDonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1983)
  • 1916-01-14 John Oliver Killens, American writer, born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1916-03-24 Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • 1916-04-26 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), born in St Kilda, Victoria (d. 1999)
  • 1916-07-24 John D. MacDonald, American novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1916-09-05 Frank Yerby, American novelist (The Foxes of Harrow), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1991)

Person of interestJames Herriot

1916-10-03 James Herriot [Alfred Wight], English veterinarian and novelist (All Creatures Great and Small), born in Sunderland, County Durham (d. 1995)

Veterinarian and Novelist James Herriot
Veterinarian and Novelist
James Herriot
  • 1916-11-08 Peter Weiss, German author and playwright (Marat/Sade), born in Nowawes, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1917-01-08 Peter Taylor, American novelist, born in Trenton, Tennessee (d. 1994)

Person of interestSidney Sheldon

1917-02-11 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 1917-02-19 Carson McCullers, American novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)

Person of interestAnthony Burgess

1917-02-25 [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist and novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess
  • 1917-04-11 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1917-05-22 Jean-Louis Curtis [Albert Laffitte], French novelist (The Forests of the Night), born in Orthez, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1995)
  • 1917-09-27 Louis Auchincloss, Lawrence NY, lawyer/novelist (Watchfires)
  • 1917-10-17 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1918-01-26 Philip José Farmer, Terre Haute Indiana, American sci-fi novelist (Riverworld)

Person of interestJ. D. Salinger

1919-01-01 J[erome] D[avid] Salinger, American novelist (Catcher in the Rye), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger
  • 1919-03-14 Max Shulman, novelist (Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap)
  • 1919-04-15 Meriol Trevor, English novelist and biographer (Civil Prisoners), born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1919-07-15 Iris Murdoch, novelist (Severed Head, Unicorn), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1919-07-19 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, born in Geneva (d. 1997)
  • 1919-11-02 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1978)
  • 1920-03-01 Howard Nemerov, American 3rd US poet laureate/novelist (Blue Swallows)
  • 1920-03-11 D J Enright, England, poet/novelist (Some Men are Brothers)
  • 1920-03-15 Lawrence Sanders, American novelist (d. 1998)
  • 1920-04-05 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2004)
  • 1920-05-08 Sloan Wilson, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannal, born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1920-06-28 A. E. Hotchner, American editor, novelist and playwright, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1920-09-14 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist and poet, born in Paso de los Toros, Uruguay (d. 2009)

Person of interestMario Puzo

1920-10-15 Mario Puzo, American novelist (The Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • 1921-01-05 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit), born in Konolfingen, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1921-06-11 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1921-08-25 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1921-08-31 Raymond Williams, Welsh academic and novelist (Second Generation), born in Llanfihangel Crucorney, Wales (d. 1988)
  • 1921-11-06 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), born in Robinson, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1922-03-10 Adam Kennedy, American actor (The Californians) screenwriter (The Domino Principle), novelist ( Just Like Humphrey Bogart), and painter, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1922-04-13 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • 1922-04-16 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1922-04-28 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), born in Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1922-08-18 Alain Robbe-Grillet, French novelist (Voyeur)
  • 1922-12-22 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1922-12-29 William Gaddis, American novelist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1923-01-25 Eva Zeller, German poet & novelist, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg

Person of interestNorman Mailer

1923-01-31 Norman Mailer, American novelist (Naked & the Dead, The Executioner's Song), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • 1923-02-02 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1997)
  • 1923-03-08 Sembene Ousmane, Senegalese author/novelist/director (Doctor Noir)
  • 1923-03-26 Elizabeth Jane Howard, British novelist (After Julius), (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-23 James Kirkup, English travel writer, poet and novelist (African in Greenland), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1923-05-01 Joseph Heller, American novelist (Catch-22, 1963 Arts & Letters Award), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1923-06-25 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1923-07-10 Jean Kerr, Irish-American novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1924-02-06 Jin Yong [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, born in Haining, China (d. 2018)
  • 1924-07-20 Thomas Berger, American novelist (Vital Parts, Little Big Man), born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1924-07-30 William H. Gass, American novelist and philosopher (Omensetter's Luck), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2017)

Person of interestJames Baldwin

1924-08-02 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

Novelist and Playwright James Baldwin
Novelist and Playwright
James Baldwin
  • 1924-08-03 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2003)
  • 1924-08-28 Janet Frame, New Zealand novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1924-09-22 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist (The Shell Seekers), born in Lelant, England (d. 2019)
  • 1924-12-03 F. Sionil José, Filipino novelist (Rosales Saga) and Philippine National Artist for Literature, born in Rosales, Pangasinan, Philippine Islands
  • 1925-01-09 Abdelhamid ben Hadouga, Algerian writer, born in Mansoura, Algeria (d. 1996)
  • 1925-01-14 Yukio Mishima, Japanese novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1970)
  • 1925-02-20 Alex La Guma, novelist (A Walk in the Night), born in Cape Town, South Africa

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 394 of 394

  • 2000-04-13 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, dies at 94
  • 2000-08-03 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, dies at 79
  • 2000-11-20 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (Iijoki), dies at 81
  • 2001-03-12 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

2001-05-13 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), dies at 94

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • 2001-05-17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • 2001-07-23 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), dies at 92
  • 2001-08-23 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2001-12-28 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2002-07-23 Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)
  • 2002-12-30 Mary Wesley, English novelist (b. 1912)
  • 2003-01-05 Jean Kerr, Irish-American novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), dies at 80
  • 2003-06-21 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), dies at 78
  • 2003-07-14 Éva Janikovszky, Hungarian novelist (b. 1926)
  • 2003-07-16 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, dies at 68
  • 2003-09-15 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2004-01-29 Janet Frame, New Zealand novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry), dies at 79
  • 2004-08-17 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • 2004-09-24 Françoise Sagan [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69
  • 2004-11-08 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2004-11-24 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), dies at 84
  • 2005-01-07 Pierre Daninos, French novelist (b. 1913)
  • 2005-01-19 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • 2005-02-21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • 2005-02-21 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2005-04-20 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • 2005-06-12 Scott Young, Canadian sportswriter, novelist, and journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2005-07-06 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), dies at 78
  • 2005-08-09 Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)
  • 2005-11-07 Harry Thompson, English-born comedian and novelist (b. 1960)
  • 2005-11-08 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), dies at 88
  • 2005-12-30 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (Mazes & Monsters), dies at 74
  • 2006-04-30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist
  • 2006-08-30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • 2006-11-01 William Styron, American novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice), dies at 81
  • 2007-01-01 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist & screenwriter, dies at 98

Person of interestSidney Sheldon

2007-01-30 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), dies of pneumonia at 89

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • 2007-04-03 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2007-04-11 Janet McDonald, American novelist (b. 1954)
  • 2007-08-28 Francisco Umbral, Spanish journalist, novelist, biographer and essayist (b. 1935)
  • 2007-10-10 Mehmed Uzun, Contemporary Kurdish writer and novelist. (b. 1953)
  • 2007-10-19 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), dies at 81
  • 2007-10-24 Ian Middleton, New Zealand novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2009-01-27 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2009-02-18 Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • 2009-04-11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist, sold the most books in Spanish (400 million), dies at 81
  • 2009-04-19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • 2009-05-17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • 2009-07-06 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • 2009-07-14 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), dies at 83
  • 2009-07-25 Stanley Middleton, British novelist (Holiday, Three Wise Men), dies at 89
  • 2009-08-05 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (On the Waterfront), dies at 95
  • 2009-08-22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • 2009-11-03 Francisco Ayala, Spanish novelist (b. 1906)
  • 2010-01-21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)

Person of interestJ. D. Salinger

2010-01-27 J. D. Salinger, American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), dies at 91

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger
  • 2010-03-12 Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2010-07-09 Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist (b. 1916)
  • 2010-08-14 Tahar Wattar, Algerian novelist (b. 1936)
  • 2010-10-05 Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • 2010-10-12 Belva Plain, American novelist (b. 1919)
  • 2012-02-24 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • 2012-03-28 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81
  • 2012-06-05 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 2012-07-30 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), dies at 72
  • 2012-11-22 Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
  • 2013-02-10 W. Watts Biggers, American novelist (The Man Inside) and animator (Underdog), dies of a heart attack at 85

Person of interestChinua Achebe

2013-03-21 Chinua Achebe, Nigerian poet and novelist (Things Fall Apart), dies at 82

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe
  • 2013-04-03 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • 2013-10-12 Oscar Hijuelos, American novelist (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 2013-11-17 Doris Lessing, Iranian novelist and Nobel laureate (Adore, Memoirs of a Survivor, Golden Notebook), dies at 94
  • 2014-01-02 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

2014-04-17 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 2014-07-13 Thomas Berger, American novelist, dies at 89
  • 2015-01-10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2015-05-09 Christopher Wood, English screenwriter & novelist (Confessions), dies at 79
  • 2016-01-01 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • 2016-03-10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87
  • 2016-03-26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • 2016-06-15 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • 2016-06-29 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), dies at 82
  • 2016-07-09 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77
  • 2016-08-24 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89
  • 2017-02-28 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93
  • 2017-03-27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • 2017-12-06 William H. Gass, American novelist and philosopher (Omensetter's Luck), dies at 93
  • 2017-12-19 Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 2018-02-25 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), dies at 78
  • 2018-10-30 Jin Young [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, dies at 94
  • 2018-12-03 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), dies at 75
  • 2019-02-06 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist (The Shell Seekers), dies at 94
  • 2019-05-17 Herman Wouk, American novelist (The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War), dies at 103
  • 2020-09-17 Terry Goodkind, American epic fantasy novelist (The Sword of Truth), dies at 72

Famous Novelists