Writers in History (Part 17)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,893

  • 1913-09-12 Kenneth Lo, cookery writer and restaurateur, born in Foochow, China (d. 1995)
  • 1913-09-13 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1913-09-26 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, born in Zittau, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1913-10-06 Meret Oppenheim, writer
  • 1913-10-10 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), born in Tananarive, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1913-10-19 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Le ragazze di San Frediano)
  • 1913-11-10 Alvaro Cunhal, Portuguese politician and writer, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 2005)
  • 1913-12-08 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1914-01-18 Arno Schmidt, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • 1914-01-26 Kaye Webb, English writer/publisher (Puffin Club)
  • 1914-02-04 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head)

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
  • 1914-02-07 Ralph Whitlock, English writer, born in Pitton (d. 1995)
  • 1914-02-17 Per-Jakez Helias, French Breton writer and actor born in Pouldreuzig, Brittany (d. 1995)
  • 1914-02-25 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), born in Basingstoke, England (d.1991)
  • 1914-03-01 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man, Shadow & Cast), born in Oklahoma City (d. 1994)
  • 1914-03-13 W.O. Mitchell, Canadian writer (Who Has Seen the Wind?), born in Weyburn, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1914-03-28 Bohumil Hrabal, Czech writer (Closely Observed Trains), born in Brno, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1914-03-31 Octavio Paz, Mexican 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), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1914-04-25 Claude Mauriac, French writer (Le Temps immobile), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1914-04-25 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1914-04-26 H. L. Gold, American sci-fi writer and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1914-05-23 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914-05-24 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • 1914-06-04 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, born in Harrislee, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1914-06-08 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, born in Garnsdorf (d. 1967)
  • 1914-06-14 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer (The Outer Lands) , born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1914-06-22 Lilo Hardel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1999)
  • 1914-06-27 Alexander Pola [Abraham Polak], Dutch actor and writer (Cassata), born in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1914-06-27 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (co-founding the Inland Waterways Association), born in London (d. 1981)
  • 1914-06-29 Ellen Kuzwayo, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman"), born in Thaba-Nchu, Orange Free State (d. 2006)
  • 1914-07-17 James Purdy, American writer (The House of the Solitary Maggot), born near Fremont, Ohio, (d. 2009)
  • 1914-07-18 John G Bearer, writer (Metro, Drunken Canary, Fast Heartbeat)
  • 1914-07-31 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1983)
  • 1914-08-15 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1914-08-26 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1914-08-27 Catherine Marshall, American editor and writer, born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1914-09-14 Pietro Germi, Italian actor, writer and director (Divorce Italian Style, The Facts of Murder), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1974)
  • 1914-09-14 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 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, British-American philosopher (Book on the Taboo), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom (d. 1973)
  • 1915-01-06 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst & writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)
  • 1915-01-12 Paul Jarrico, American writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1915-01-20 C. W. Ceram, German/ journalist & author (March of Archaeology), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)

Person of interestThomas Merton

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 (The Secret Agent's Blunder), born in Petrograd, Russian Empire (d. 2005)
  • 1915-04-04 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), born in Příbram, Czech Republic (d. 1970)
  • 1915-04-04 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), born in Sundsvall, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1915-04-12 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), born in Berlin (d. 1995)
  • 1915-04-13 Bert Peleman, Flemish writer, born in Puurs, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1995)
  • 1915-04-13 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1915-04-16 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), born in Clitheroe, Lancashire (d. 1997)
  • 1915-04-18 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1915-04-25 William Goyen, American writer, born in Trinity, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1915-05-06 Theodore H. White, American journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer Prize 1962), born in Dorchester, Boston (d. 1986)
  • 1915-06-05 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915-07-01 Jean Stafford, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1970-The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford), born in Covina, California (d. 1979)
  • 1915-07-04 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), born in Lavant Valley, Carinthia, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1915-08-03 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), born in Amsterdam (d. 1998)
  • 1915-08-26 Humphrey Searle, England, writer (20th Century counterpoint)
  • 1915-12-08 George Scheuer, Austrian writer and journalist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1915-12-09 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1915-12-20 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer & humorist, born in Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1915-12-29 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1916-01-06 Vincent Serventy, Australian writer and conservationist, born in Armadale, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1916-01-14 John Oliver Killens, American writer, born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 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, British writer and broadcaster, born in Hertford (d. 1999)
  • 1916-04-12 Beverly Cleary, American writer (Ramona and her Mother), born in McMinnville, Oregon
  • 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 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), born in Oxford, England (d. 1981)
  • 1916-07-06 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • 1916-07-31 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, born in Ambari Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1986)
  • 1916-08-15 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer (That way Myzeqe), born in Palasë, Himara, Albania (d. 1989)
  • 1916-08-28 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The Power Elite), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1916-09-14 Eric Bentley, British-American critic and writer (In Search of Theater), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England
  • 1916-10-03 María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, Spanish marine biologist and oceanographer, born in El Ferrol, Spain (d. 2005)
  • 1916-10-12 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1916-10-27 Kazimierz Brandys, Polish essayist and writer, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 2000)
  • 1916-10-28 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, born in Inverness (d. 1994)
  • 1916-11-11 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman
  • 1916-12-04 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1916-12-09 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biog), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestShirley Jackson

1916-12-14 Shirley Jackson, American 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1601 - 1,700 of 2,566

  • 1982-03-24 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), dies at 83
  • 1982-03-25 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, dies at 79
  • 1982-03-26 Agathe Henriette de Beaufort, Dutch writer (Dolly of Arnhem), dies at 91
  • 1982-04-06 Paul Wiens, German writer and Stasi informant, dies at 59
  • 1982-04-20 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and writer (Conquistador), dies at 89
  • 1982-04-25 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • 1982-04-25 W. R. Burnett, American writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • 1982-05-12 Humphrey Searle, writer (20th Century counterpoint), dies at 66
  • 1982-06-18 Djuna Barnes, American author (Nightwood), dies at 80
  • 1982-06-18 John Cheever, American writer (Wapshot Chronicle, Pulitzer), dies at 70
  • 1982-07-07 Bep Bakhuys, Dutch soccer striker (23 caps, 28 goals; Metz), dies at 73
  • 1982-07-13 Michael Blankfort, American writer, producer and director, dies at 74
  • 1982-07-16 Leendert Braat, sculptor/writer (White World), dies
  • 1982-07-25 Beene Dubbelboer, Dutch writer (Turfgasgenerator), dies at 76
  • 1982-08-08 Valeer van Kerkhove, Flemish writer (De Weerlozen), dies at 63
  • 1982-08-12 Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)
  • 1982-09-09 Frederic Dannay, [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 76
  • 1982-09-14 John C Gardner, American writer (Life & Times of Chaucer High), dies at 49
  • 1982-10-18 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe), dies at 74
  • 1982-10-22 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, dies at 77
  • 1982-11-18 Heinar Kipphardt, German writer and playwright (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer), dies at 60
  • 1982-11-29 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, dies at 55
  • 1982-12-09 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • 1982-12-10 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), dies at 83
  • 1982-12-24 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85
  • 1983-01-13 D Mack Reynolds, American writer (Amazon Planet, Once Departed), dies
  • 1983-01-27 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • 1983-02-04 Reginald Denham, English writer & director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), dies at 89

Person of interestTennessee Williams

1983-02-25 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1983-03-01 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77
  • 1983-03-14 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1983-03-15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1983-03-31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1983-04-15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • 1983-04-19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73
  • 1983-05-07 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • 1983-05-10 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • 1983-06-01 Anna Seghers [Netty Reiling], German author (The 7th Cross), dies at 82
  • 1983-06-21 Anton G J van de Velde, Flemish writer/director (Tijl), dies at 87
  • 1983-07-11 Ross Macdonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), dies at 67
  • 1983-07-29 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, dies at 83
  • 1983-08-29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68
  • 1983-09-27 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • 1983-10-03 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • 1983-11-27 Manuel Scorza, Peruvian writer, dies at about 55
  • 1984-01-21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • 1984-02-05 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
  • 1984-02-12 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69
  • 1984-02-21 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), dies at 78
  • 1984-02-22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1984-02-24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • 1984-04-15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, dies at 58
  • 1984-04-18 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • 1984-04-28 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76
  • 1984-05-02 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Klinkaart, Het begeren), dies at 64
  • 1984-05-16 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • 1984-07-14 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
  • 1984-07-20 Jim Fixx, American jogger and writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • 1984-08-03 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • 1984-08-05 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • 1984-08-14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • 1984-08-14 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), dies at 89
  • 1984-09-29 Marnix Gijsen, [Jan-Al Goris], writer (Lament for Agnes), dies at 85
  • 1984-10-19 Henri Michaux, Belgian-born French poet and writer (Miserable Miracle), dies at 85
  • 1984-11-18 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), dies at 77
  • 1984-12-11 George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
  • 1984-12-14 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977), dies at 86
  • 1985-02-06 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1985-03-15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1985-03-23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist and writer, dies at 85
  • 1985-04-04 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • 1985-04-15 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), dies at 82
  • 1985-04-17 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • 1985-05-11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer & poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • 1985-05-18 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), dies at 75
  • 1985-05-25 Robert Nathan, American writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • 1985-07-16 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1985-07-19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • 1985-08-22 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, dies at 71
  • 1985-09-21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • 1985-09-30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77
  • 1985-10-15 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • 1985-10-25 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • 1985-11-16 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), dies at 97
  • 1985-11-24 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • 1985-11-25 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • 1985-12-02 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), dies at 63
  • 1985-12-07 Robert Graves, English writer and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1985-12-17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • 1986-01-04 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • 1986-01-07 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • 1986-01-07 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1986-01-24 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • 1986-01-25 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, dies at 72
  • 1986-02-21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer ("...And Ladies of the Club"), dies at 90
  • 1986-03-04 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • 1986-03-04 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines over the Sanggan River), dies at 81
  • 1986-03-08 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • 1986-03-17 John Bagot Glubb, British commandant and writer (A soldier with the Arabs), dies at 88
  • 1986-03-18 Bernard Malamud, American novelist (The Fixer, The Natural, Pulitzer 1967), dies at 71