Novelists in History (Part 5)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 618

  • 1925-03-14 John Barrington Wain, English novelist/poet (Hurry on Down)
  • 1925-03-25 Flannery O'Connor, American Southern novelist (A Good Man is Hard to Find), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1964)
  • 1925-06-10 Nat Hentoff, columnist/novelist (Village Voice, The Cold Society)
  • 1925-06-11 William Styron, American novelist (Confess of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1925-08-25 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, born in Queensland, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1925-10-26 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), born in Oegstgeest, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 1926-01-20 Qurratulain Hyder, Indian Urdu novelist & writer, born in Aligarh, India (d. 2007)
  • 1926-03-31 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2005)
  • 1926-04-23 J. P. Donleavy, American novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1926-05-21 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)
  • 1926-05-26 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • 1926-07-10 Carleton Carpenter, American actor, magician, songwriter, and novelist (Up Periscope, Summer Stock), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • 1926-09-03 Alison Lurie, American novelist (Pulitzer Prize - Foreign Affairs), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1926-09-14 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist, born in Mons-en-Baroeul (d. 2016)

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

1927-03-06 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), born in Aracataca, Colombia (d. 2014)

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • 1927-04-25 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist, sold the most books in Spanish (400 million), born in El Franco, Spain (d. 2009)
  • 1927-05-07 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1927-05-25 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1927-06-02 W. Watts Biggers, American novelist (The Man Inside) and animator (Underdog), born in Avondale Estates, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1927-08-09 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), born in Westhoughton, Lancashire (d. 1978)
  • 1927-12-24 Mary Higgins Clark, American suspense novelist (Cry in the Night, Stillwatch), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1928-01-01 Ernest R Tidyman, Ohio, novelist/screenwriter (The French Connection)
  • 1928-01-09 Judith Krantz, Jewish-American novelist (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-01-30 Andrew Salkey, Panamanian-Jamaican novelist, born in Colón, Panama (d. 1995)
  • 1928-07-16 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1928-08-26 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist
  • 1929-01-27 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist (d. 1984)
  • 1929-02-17 Chaim Potok, American novelist (Promise), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929-03-18 Christa Wolf, German novelist (Divided Heaven)
  • 1929-04-02 Catherine Gaskin, Irish-Australian romantic novelist (Fiona, Coporation Wife), born in Dundalk Bay, County Louth, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1929-06-12 Brigid Brophy, British novelist (Hackenfeller's Ape) and campaigner, born in Ealing, London (d. 1995)
  • 1929-07-27 Jack Higgins [Harry Patterson], British novelist (The Eagle Has Landed), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1929-10-24 Hubert Aquin, French-Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1977)
  • 1930-05-10 June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)
  • 1930-05-27 John Barth, novelist (Sot-Weed Factor)
  • 1930-08-10 Barry Unsworth, novelist (Pascali's Island), (d. 2012)
  • 1930-10-26 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), born in Barnsley, England (d. 2012)
  • 1930-11-05 Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930-12-15 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace), born in Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland
  • 1931-02-10 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)

Person of interestToni Morrison

1931-02-18 Toni Morrison [Chloe Anthony Wofford], American writer (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon), first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize (2010), born in Lorain, Ohio (d. 2019)

  • 1931-03-16 Don Richard Carpenter, American writer (Hard Rain Falling), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1931-10-01 Sylvano Bussotti, Italian composer, film maker and novelist, born in Florence, Italy
  • 1931-10-13 Janice Elliott, English novelist, born in Derby, England (d. 1995)
  • 1931-10-19 John le Carré [pen name for David Cornwell], English novelist (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), born in Poole, England (d. 2020)
  • 1932-03-18 John Updike, Shillington Pa, poet/novelist (Rabbit Run)
  • 1932-06-05 Christy Brown, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1932-06-12 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (Mazes & Monsters), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)

Person of interestV. S. Naipaul

1932-08-17 V.S. Naipaul, British novelist (Middle Passage), born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2018)

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
Novelist
V. S. Naipaul
  • 1932-08-20 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), born in Kazan, Soviet Union (d. 2009)

Person of interestSylvia Plath

1932-10-27 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1932-12-05 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, born in Khunzakhsky District, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1933-01-02 Morimura Seiichi, Japanese novelist
  • 1933-01-09 Wilbur Smith, Zambian novelist (War Cry, River God), born in Kabwe, Zambia
  • 1933-03-19 Philip Roth, American novelist (Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1933-06-14 Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1991)
  • 1933-07-13 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), born in Wakefield (d. 2017)
  • 1933-08-14 Bryce Courtenay, Australian novelist (The Power of One), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1934-04-28 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1934-05-12 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), born in Aluu (d. 2016)
  • 1935-01-30 Richard Brautigan, American novelist & poet (Trout Fishing in America), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1935-01-31 Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994, born in Ōse, Japan
  • 1935-03-27 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer and novelist, born in San Pedro, Buenos Aires
  • 1935-05-11 Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1935-06-02 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1935-06-21 Françoise Sagan [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), born in Cajarc, France (d. 2004)
  • 1935-11-05 Christopher Wood, English screenwriter and novelist (Confessions), born in Lambeth, London (d. 2015)
  • 1936-08-24 A. S. Byatt, English novelist (The Virgin in the Garden), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1937-02-16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • 1937-04-04 Ian St James, novelist (Balfour Conspiracy, Vengeance, Money Stones)
  • 1937-05-08 Thomas Pynchon, American novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York

Person of interestRoch Carrier

1937-05-13 Roch Carrier, Canadian novelist (The Hockey Sweater), born in Sainte-Justine, Quebec

Novelist and Author of
Novelist and Author of "Contes"
Roch Carrier
  • 1937-08-21 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1937-12-11 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), born in Grayling, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-12-17 John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
  • 1938-05-26 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • 1938-06-16 Joyce Carol Oates, NY, novelist (Garden of Earthly Delights)
  • 1938-10-28 Anne Perry [Juliet Marion Hulme], English-born novelist, born in London, England
  • 1939-03-14 Bertrand Blier, novelist/director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • 1939-03-15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1939-04-10 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2018)
  • 1939-04-20 Peter S. Beagle, American novelist and screenwriter (The Last Unicorn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-01-04 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940-02-09 J. M. Coetzee, South African novelist, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1940-04-15 Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, English novelist, born in Finsbury, London
  • 1940-05-04 Robin Cook, American physician and novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-05-07 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1992)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

1940-05-08 Peter Benchley, American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 1940-05-28 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1941-01-18 Denise Bombardier, Quebec journalist, television host and novelist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1941-04-10 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer and novelist (Mosquito Coast), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • 1941-05-19 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • 1941-06-24 Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist
  • 1941-06-26 Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist (L'enfirouapé), born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
  • 1941-08-12 Réjean Ducharme, Quebec novelist and playwright
  • 1942-06-25 Michel Tremblay, Canadian novelist and playwright (Les Belles-Sœurs), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1942-08-24 Howard Jacobson, British novelist (The Finkler Question) and newspaper columnist, born in Manchester, England

Person of interestMichael Crichton

1942-10-23 Michael Crichton, novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)

  • 1943-05-20 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1943-07-16 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), born in Aguas Claras, Holguín Province, Cuba (d. 1990)

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