Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 25 May – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton was born 25 May 1803 and died 18 January 1873 Quotes Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Talent does what it can: Genius does what…

Literary Birthday – 21 May – Maria Semple

Happy Birthday, Maria Semple, born 21 May 1964 10 Quotes Being in writers' rooms turns you feral. You are swearing, you are going to very dark, mean places. You start out in the room with all these smart people, and you're all well-read and well-educated and…

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham was born 20 May 1904 and died 30 June 1966 Quotes I write every paragraph four times - once to get my meaning down, once to put in anything I have left out, once to take out anything that seems unnecessary, and once…

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Walter Isaacson

Happy Birthday, Walter Isaacson, born 20 May 1952 10 Quotes One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are. I think when you're looking for people to interview, you want to make it fair and honest. You're not just bringing people…

Literary Birthday – 19 May – Jonathan Dee

Happy Birthday, Jonathan Dee, born 19 May 1962 10 Quotes More than periods where I don't write anything, I have periods where I just write junk and I know I'm writing junk but I can't stop. Novels are a kind of experiment in selfhood, for the…

Literary Birthday – 18 May – Andrew Gross

Happy Birthday, Andrew Gross, born 18 May 1952 Quotes I don't like writing straight-up thrillers. I like writing about families hurled into crisis and danger - soccer moms and regular dads and husbands who might have to rescue their daughters or who are, say, hedge…

Literary Birthday – 15 May – Samantha Hunt

Happy Birthday, Samantha Hunt, born 15 May 1971 10 Quotes I became a writer because I am the youngest of six children. I listen; I observe. I'm camouflaged as a moth. Mothers are unseen. It helps me write. The lion's share of my work is revision,…

Literary Birthday – 14 May – Jennifer Niven

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Niven, born 14 May 1968 Quotes Write. Read. Write. Read. Work hard. Remember to enjoy it. Don't forget to play and have fun with your words. Write the thing you're burning to write. Don't be afraid of writing twaddle, as Katherine Mansfield…

Literary Birthday – 10 May – Arthur Kopit

Happy Birthday, Arthur Kopit, born 10 May 1937 Quotes Read as much as possible and while you're reading, try to see why the writing works. I’m pretty good at putting myself in a state of mind, when I write, in which it’s as if I…

Literary Birthday – 8 May – Pat Barker

Happy Birthday, Pat Barker, born 8 May 1943 Quotes Another person's life, observed from the outside, always has a shape and definition that one's own life lacks. Fiction should be about moral dilemmas that are so bloody difficult that the author doesn't know the answer.…
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