Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 28 September – Simon Winchester

Happy Birthday, Simon Winchester, born 28 September 1944 Five Simon Winchester Quotes On Writing The best spur for me is a commission and a deadline. Any grand new dictionary ought itself to be a democratic product, a book that demonstrated the primacy of individual freedoms, of…

Literary Birthday – 27 September – Irvine Welsh

Happy Birthday, Irvine Welsh, born 27 September 1958 Irvine Welsh: On Writing I’m the same kind of writer as I am a drinker. I’m a binger.  I wear the same clothes for days and don’t shave. I grew up in a place where everybody was a storyteller,…

Literary Birthday – 26 September – T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot was born 26 September 1888, and died 4 January 1965 Top 10 Quotes on Writing Humour is also a way of saying something serious. Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an…

Literary Birthday – 25 September – William Faulkner

William Faulkner was born 25 September 1897, and died 6 July 1962 The 12 Best William Faulkner Quotes On Writing Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth. The best fiction is far more true…

Literary Birthday – 24 September – F.Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born 24 September 1896, and died 21 December 1940 My Top 12 F.Scott Fitzgerald Quotes on Writing That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You…

Literary Birthday – 17 September – Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey was born 17 September 1935, and died 10 November 2001 Top 10 Ken Kesey Quotes What I always wanted to be was a magician… My real upbringing when I was a teenager was doing magic shows, all over the state, with my father and…

Literary Birthday – 7 September – Jennifer Egan

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Egan, born 7 September 1962. Jennifer Egan: 10 Quotes Quick views of someone you never get to know are so evocative. My cats are a big part of my work life. They’re in and out of here all day long. I usually…

Literary Birthday – 24 August – Stephen Fry

Happy Birthday, Stephen Fry, born 24 August 1957 Stephen Fry: On Reading & Writing On Books Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. Read slowly Savour every word and every line. Reading verse can be like eating chocolate - so much…

Literary Birthday – 24 August – Alexander McCall Smith

Happy Birthday, Alexander McCall Smith, born 24 August 1948 The Top 10 Alexander McCall Smith Quotes He had been thinking of how landscape moulds a language. It was impossible to imagine these hills giving forth anything but the soft syllables of Irish, just as only certain…
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