Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 15 January – Ernest J. Gaines

Happy Birthday, Ernest J. Gaines, born 15 January 1933 Ernest J. Gaines: Top 10 Quotes Nietzsche said without music, life would be a mistake. To me, without books, life would be a mistake. All writers write about the past, and I try to make it come…

Literary Birthday – 14 January – Edward St. Aubyn

Happy Birthday, Edward St. Aubyn, born 14 January 1960 Edward St Aubyn: 10 Quotes It seems people spend the majority of their lives believing they’re dying, with the only consolation being that at one point they get to be right. In the absence of God, we…

Literary Birthday – 13 January – Jay McInerney

Happy Birthday, Jay McInerney, born 13 January 1955 McInerney Quotes I made a lot for a literary novelist. Not only did I support myself but a bunch of ex-wives and kids and restaurateurs and club owners and drug dealers. My tenure in New York has coincided…

Literary Birthday – 12 January – Jack London

Jack London was born 12 January 1876, and died 22 November 1916 Jack London: 10 Writing Quotes Merely because you have got some­thing to say that may be of interest to others does not free you from making all due effort to express that something in…

Literary Birthday – 12 January – Haruki Murakami

Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami, born 12 January 1949 On Writing: Haruki Murakami Excerpts taken from Murakami’s memoir, What I Talk about When I Talk about Running ‘In every interview I’m asked what’s the most important quality a novelist has to have. It’s pretty obvious: talent. No matter how much…

Literary Birthday – 11 January – Alan Paton

Alan Paton was born 11 January 1903, and died 12 April 1988 Three Quotes from Cry, The Beloved Country There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. Cry,…

Literary Birthday – 10 January – Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers was born 10 January 1887, and died 20 January 1962 Five Quotes Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it. Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems…

Literary Birthday – 9 January – Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir was born 9 January 1908, and died 14 April 1986 Simone de Beauvoir: Nine Quotes If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat. Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. I…

Literary Birthday – 9 January – Philippa Gregory

Happy Birthday, Philippa Gregory, born 9 January 1954 Seven Quotes I have a great liking for the first person narrative because it gets the reader into the head of the character; it takes the reader back in time, with a sense of immediacy that makes them…

Literary Birthday – 8 January – Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins was born 8 January 1824, and died 23 September 1889 Nine Quotes I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story. No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of…
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