Writers in History (Part 10)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 2,984

  • 1886-01-28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
  • 1886-02-16 Van Wyck Brooks, NJ, literary historian/writer (Ordeal of Mark Twain)
  • 1886-04-08 Margaret Ayer Barnes, American playwright and writer (Years of Grace), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1886-04-24 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, born in Erfurt (d. 1975)
  • 1886-05-02 Gottfried Benn, German poet and essayist, born in Mansfelf, Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1886-05-10 Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • 1886-05-30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (Education and Living), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1918)
  • 1886-06-19 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer and writer (Hiawatha's Song), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1886-07-05 Felix Timmermans, Flemish painter and illustrator (Pallieter), born in Lier, Belgium (d. 1947)
  • 1886-07-23 Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo, Spanish writer (Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards) and diplomat, born in La Coruña, Spain (d.
  • 1886-07-24 Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese writer (Snow Dusting), born in Nihonbashi, Tokyo (d. 1965)
  • 1886-09-08 Siegfried Sassoon, English poet and writer (Counterattack), born in Matfield, Kent, England (d. 1967)
  • 1886-09-13 Alain LeRoy Locke, African-American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)
  • 1886-09-20 Charles Williams, British poet and writer, born in London (d. 1945)
  • 1886-10-16 Armin T Wegner, writer
  • 1886-10-26 Mark Aldanov,, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), born in Kiev (d. 1957)
  • 1886-11-17 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), born in Athens, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1886-12-01 Rex Stout, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • 1886-12-01 Willem E Crown, Antillian writer
  • 1886-12-23 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Message from the Madhouse)
  • 1887-01-19 Alexander Woollcott, American critic and short story writer (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Phalanx, New Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1887-02-09 Vital Celen, Flemish writer (Puppy Love)
  • 1887-02-11 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • 1887-02-26 Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
  • 1887-05-07 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes), born in Ambert, France (d. 1959)
  • 1887-05-09 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian painter, born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • 1887-05-16 Jakob van Hoddis [Hans Davidsohn], German Jewish poet (d. 1942?)
  • 1887-05-18 Ernst Wiechert, German writer (The Simple Life), born in Kleinort, East Prussia (d. 1950)
  • 1887-06-07 William Walraven, Dutch journalist and writer (Indian Daily) (d. 1943)
  • 1887-06-13 Bruno Frank, German-born writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1945)
  • 1887-08-30 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1887-09-01 Blaise Cendrars [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet/writer
  • 1887-09-26 Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (Built in Jerusalem’s Wall: A Book in praise of Jerusalem), born in Wareham, Dorset, England (d. 1958)
  • 1887-10-04 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1974)
  • 1887-10-10 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, born in Sukabumi, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • 1887-10-12 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1951)
  • 1887-10-30 Georg Heym, German writer, born in Hirschberg, Lower Silesia (d. 1912)
  • 1887-11-03 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, born in Voronezh, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1887-11-03 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), born in New York City, NY (d. 1972)
  • 1888-01-16 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)
  • 1888-02-10 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, born in Alexandria (d. 1970)
  • 1888-02-17 Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, British priest, broadcaster and author (Viaduct Murder), born in Kibworth Leicestershire, England (d. 1957)
  • 1888-03-05 Friedrich Schnack, German journalist/writer (Rosewood)
  • 1888-03-08 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), born in Somersworth, New Hampshire (d. 1985)
  • 1888-03-19 Josef Albers, German/US graphic artist/painter/writer (Bauhaus)
  • 1888-03-20 Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, born in Gut Blumbergshof, Latvia (d. 1974)
  • 1888-03-29 A. M. de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak), born in Nieuw-Vossemeer, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • 1888-04-03 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, born in Rusholme, Manchester, England (d. 1975)
  • 1888-04-06 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Svarta Ballader)
  • 1888-05-25 Miles Malleson, British stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • 1888-06-10 Leo Weismantel, German writer (Der Reiter der Apocalypse), born in Obersinn, Germany (d. 1964)
  • 1888-06-13 Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet and writer (The Book of Disquiet), born in Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1935)
  • 1888-07-18 Sydney Horler, English detective writer (Checkmate), born in Leytonstone, Essex (d. 1954)
  • 1888-07-23 Raymond Chandler, American-British mystery novelist and screenwriter (Farewell My Lovely; The Long Goodbye; The Big Sleep), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1888-07-26 Marcel Jouhandeau, French writer, born in Guéret, France (d. 1979)

Person of interestT. E. Lawrence

1888-08-16 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, born in Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales (d. 1935)

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1888-08-31 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer and diplomat (La Obra de Trajano), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1928)

Person of interestKatherine Mansfield

1888-10-14 Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry), New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1923)

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • 1888-10-15 S.S. Van Dine [pseudonym for William Huntingdon Wright], American art critic and crime writer (Philo Vance), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1939)
  • 1888-10-25 François Pauwels, Dutch writer and attorney, born in Amsterdam (d. 1966)
  • 1888-10-26 Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Segrande Eros), born in Helsinki (d. 1925)
  • 1888-11-26 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, born in Nysa (d. 1963)
  • 1888-12-07 Joyce Cary, Anglo-Irish writer (House of Children), born in Londonderry, Ireland (d. 1957)
  • 1888-12-15 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), born in Ylihärmä, Finland (d. 1963)
  • 1888-12-23 Friedrich Wolf, German writer and diplomat, born in Neuwied, Germany (d. 1953)
  • 1889-02-06 Siegfried Kracauer, German writer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1889-02-10 Howard Spring, British author/novelist/writer/critic (O Absalom)
  • 1889-03-27 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Turkish writer and translator, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1974)
  • 1889-04-06 Gabriela Mistral [Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga], poet (Noebel Prize 1945) and diplomat, born in Vicuña, Chile (d. 1957)
  • 1889-04-22 Ludwig Renn, German writer, born in Dresden (d. 1979)
  • 1889-04-23 Charles Warrell, English schoolteacher and creator of the I-Spy books, born in Farmborough, Somerset (d. 1995)
  • 1889-05-17 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican writer (Simpatías y diferencias) and diplomat (Higenia Cruel), born in Monterrey, Mexico (d. 1959)
  • 1889-05-18 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), born in Fljótsdalur, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • 1889-05-20 Margery Allingham, detective story writer
  • 1889-07-02 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes, A Mother), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • 1889-07-05 Jean Cocteau, French poet and writer (Les Enfants Terribles), born in Maisons-Laffitte, France (d. 1963)

Person of interestErle Stanley Gardner

1889-07-17 Erle Stanley Gardner, American detective writer (Perry Mason), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • 1889-07-29 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, born in Oberkrüchten (d. 1963)
  • 1889-08-05 Conrad Aiken, American Pulitzer poet and writer (Ushant/Conversation), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 1889-08-12 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (d. 1981)
  • 1889-08-23 Alfred Lichtenstein, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

1889-09-23 Walter Lippmann, American journalist/political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 1889-09-25 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, born in Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1930)
  • 1889-10-05 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • 1889-10-06 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Noce I Dnie)
  • 1889-12-08 Hervey Allen, American writer and poet (Anthony Adverse), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1889-12-11 Paul Kornfeld, Czech playwright, born in Prague (d. 1942)
  • 1889-12-30 Georg von der Vring, German painter and writer (Soldier Suhren), born in Brake, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1890-01-09 Karel Čapek, Czech writer, playwright and critic (R.U.R.); coined the word "robot", born in Malé Svatoňovice, Hungary (d. 1938)
  • 1890-01-09 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist/writer (Panther Tiger & Co)
  • 1890-02-11 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, born in Amsterdam (d. 1964)
  • 1890-02-14 Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist & writer, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1956)
  • 1890-02-18 Lauri SA Haarla, Finnish (stage)writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja)
  • 1890-03-12 A Evert Taube, Swedish writer/troubadour
  • 1890-03-26 Jozef Arras, Flemish writer, born in Lier (d. 1919)
  • 1890-05-03 B. Traven, (German?) writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) whose real identity is disputed (possible date)
  • 1890-06-25 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, born in Scharley, Upper Silesia (d. 1965)
  • 1890-07-08 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer, born in Aachen (d. 1940)
  • 1890-08-04 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1953)
  • 1890-08-20 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1937)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 2,663

  • 1939-06-26 Ford M Ford [Hueffer], British writer, (Tietjens Saga) dies at 65
  • 1939-07-19 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (Curfew Must Not Ring) and writer, dies at 89
  • 1939-09-18 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer (b. 1885)
  • 1939-10-23 Zane Grey, American western writer (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • 1939-12-19 Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
  • 1940-01-01 Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer & essayist, dies at 74
  • 1940-01-04 Conrad Weiss, German writer and poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • 1940-01-18 Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • 1940-01-27 Isaak Babel, Russian writer (Zakat, Marija), executed at 46
  • 1940-01-31 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • 1940-02-01 Philip Francis Nowlan, American sci-fi writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • 1940-03-04 Hamlin Garland, American writer (Middle Border), dies at 79
  • 1940-03-10 Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)

Person of interestSelma Lagerlöf

1940-03-16 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • 1940-05-14 Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • 1940-05-14 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • 1940-05-23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • 1940-06-07 James Hall, American actor (Hell's Angels, Four Sons), dies of cirrhosis at 39
  • 1940-06-16 DuBose Heyward, American novelist (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • 1940-06-21 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet, writer and critic, drowns at 40
  • 1940-06-21 Walter Hasenclever, German Expressionist writer, dies at 49
  • 1940-06-22 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer commits suicide at 49
  • 1940-09-03 Vilhelm Ekelund, Swedish poet and writer (Hafvets Stjorna), dies at 59
  • 1940-09-26 Walter Benjamin, writer, dies at 48
  • 1940-09-27 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1940-11-22 Wacław Rawicz [Berent], Polish biologist and writer, dies at 67
  • 1940-11-28 Nicolae Iorga, Romanian writer, literature historian and Prime Minister of Romania, murdered by fascist at 69
  • 1940-12-22 Nathanael West [Weinstein], American writer (Cool Million), dies at 37
  • 1941-01-06 Franz Hessel, German writer, dies at 60
  • 1941-02-02 Johannes Schlaf, German writer and translator, dies at 78
  • 1941-02-24 Oskar Loerke, German writer (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56
  • 1941-03-08 Sherwood Anderson, American author & publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64

Person of interestVirginia Woolf

1941-03-28 Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], British writer (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59

  • 1941-04-04 Max Frisch, writer, dies at 29
  • 1941-04-24 Karin Boye, Swedish writer (Kallocain) commits suicide at 40
  • 1941-06-01 Hugh S Walpole, British novelist and playwright (Jeremy, Maradick at 40), dies at 57
  • 1941-06-15 Evelyn Underhill, British Anglo-Catholic poet, dies at 65
  • 1941-07-17 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), dies at 62
  • 1941-07-21 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet, dies at 68

Person of interestRabindranath Tagore

1941-08-07 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), dies at 80

  • 1941-08-31 Marian Zwetajewa, writer, dies
  • 1941-10-26 Arkady Gaidar, Russian Soviet children's writer, killed in combat at 37
  • 1941-10-31 Herwarth Walden, German art writer and critic, dies in a Soviet prison at 63
  • 1941-12-09 Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • 1942-01-14 Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1942-01-22 Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death). dies at 30
  • 1942-02-02 Daniil Kharms [Yuvatchov], Russian surrealist and absurdist writer, poet, and playwright, dies of starvation during the siege of Leningrad at 36
  • 1942-02-23 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), dies at 60
  • 1942-04-08 Alfred Mombert, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1942-04-15 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), dies at 61
  • 1942-04-25 Paul Kornfeld, writer, dies at 52
  • 1942-04-30 Jakob van Hoddis [[Hans Davidsohn]], German Jewish poet, transported to German concentration camp at 54 (actual date of death unknown)
  • 1942-06-01 Vladislav Vančura, Czech writer (Rozmarné léto), dies at 50
  • 1942-06-15 Vera Figner, writer, dies
  • 1942-07-26 Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (The Seven Madmen), dies at 42
  • 1942-10-10 Richard von Schaukal, Moravian-Austria poet and writer (Schlemihle), dies at 68
  • 1942-11-19 Bruno Schulz, Polish writer (The Street of Crocodiles), shot and killed by German Nazi at 50
  • 1942-12-11 Jochen Klepper, German writer, commits suicide at 39
  • 1942-12-24 K Balmont, writer, dies at 75
  • 1943-02-13 William Walraven, Dutch journalist and writer (Neglected Grouser), dies at 55
  • 1943-03-23 Andre Lichtenberger, French Sudan writer (Le Petit Roi), dies at 72
  • 1943-04-30 Beatrice Potter Webb, British sociologist, economist (founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • 1943-07-01 Johan Brouwer, hispanist/writer/Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1943-08-05 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter, is executed during WWII at 55
  • 1943-08-21 Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer (Peter Gelukkige, Nobel 1917), dies at 86
  • 1943-08-24 Ernst Ottwalt, writer, dies
  • 1943-10-18 A. M. de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak), dies at 55

Person of interestBeatrix Potter

1943-12-22 Beatrix Potter, English children's writer and illustrator (The Tale of Peter Rabbit,) dies aged 77

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • 1943-12-23 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees de Jongen), dies at 64
  • 1944-01-04 Kaj Munk [Harald Leininger], anti-fascist writer (Kaj Munk), dies
  • 1944-01-21 Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout, Flemish physician/writer, dies at 74
  • 1944-01-31 Jean Giraudoux, French writer and playwright (The Madwoman of Chaillot), dies at 61
  • 1944-02-04 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • 1944-03-05 Max Jacob, French poet and writer, dies in nazi concentration camp at 67
  • 1944-03-11 Hendrik W van Loon, Neth/US radio commentator/writer, dies at 62
  • 1944-03-28 Stephen Butler Leacock, writer/economist (Literary Lapses), dies at 75
  • 1944-04-05 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter), dies at 90
  • 1944-05-16 George Ade, American playwright, writer and humorist (Counsel Widow, Fables in Slang), dies at 78
  • 1944-07-31 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), dies during a reconnaissance mission at 44
  • 1944-08-18 Jacques Roumain, Haitian writer (Gouverneurs de la Rosée), dies at 37
  • 1944-08-25 Mussa Dshalil, writer, dies
  • 1944-09-02 Bella Rosenfeld, Jewish Belarrusian writer, subject of Marc Chagall's paintings and his 1st wife, dies at 48
  • 1944-09-25 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer (Irrfahrten), dies at 68
  • 1944-10-16 John Eigenhuis, Dutch writer (The Dike), dies at 78
  • 1944-10-24 Lauri S A Haarla, Finnish writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja), dies at 54
  • 1944-11-30 Max Halbe, German playwright (Jugend), dies at 79
  • 1944-12-02 Filippo T Marinetti, Italian writer (father of futurism), dies at 67
  • 1944-12-02 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), dies of cardiac arrest at 67
  • 1944-12-30 Romain Roland, French writer/pacifist (Nobel 1915), dies at 78
  • 1945-01-03 Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (Lenin: God of the Godless), dies at 68
  • 1945-01-10 Rudolf Borchardt, writer, dies at 67
  • 1945-01-22 Alfred Wolfenstein, German writer, dies at 61
  • 1945-02-22 Osip Brik, Russian writer (b. 1888)
  • 1945-02-23 Aleksei Tolstoi, Russian poet and writer (Pjotr Peroyj), dies at 62
  • 1945-02-25 Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer, photographer and modernist, dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1945-03-04 Mark Sandrich, American film director, writer and producer (b. 1900)
  • 1945-03-07 Adolf Bartels, German journalist and poet, dies at 82
  • 1945-03-16 Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, French writer/poet, commits suicide at 52
  • 1945-03-27 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish writer (romance), dies at 42
  • 1945-04-03 Josef Weinheber, Austrian poet and writer (Vienna Verbatim), dies at 43