Literary Birthday

W.H. Auden

Literary Birthday – 21 February – W.H. Auden

W.H. Auden was born 21 February 1907, and died 29 September 1973 Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes…
Anaïs Nin

Literary Birthday – 21 February – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin was born 21 February 1903, and died 14 January 1977 Anaïs Nin: Top 15 Quotes I write emotional algebra. The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. The final lesson…

Literary Birthday – 19 February – Jeff Kinney

Happy Birthday, Jeff Kinney, born 19 February 1971 Five Kinney Quotes I think the best stories are told in book form. The hardest thing about being a writer is being discriminating about what you put down on paper. It’s very easy to just write everything that…
Amy Tan

Literary Birthday – 19 February – Amy Tan

Happy Birthday, Amy Tan, born 19 February 1952 Amy Tan Quotes Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had…

Literary Birthday – 19 February – Laurell K. Hamilton

Happy Birthday, Laurell K. Hamilton, born 19 February 1963  10 Quotes On Writing Writers write. Put your butt in the chair and write on a regular basis. I’ve lost track of the number of people who want to be writers but never actually write anything. Talking…

Literary Birthday – 19 February – Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers was born 19 February 1917, and died 29 September 1967 Nine Quotes I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen. There’s nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a…

Literary Birthday – 18 February – George Pelecanos

Happy Birthday, George Pelecanos, born 18 February 1957 Seven Quotes If the storytellers told it true, all stories would end in death. For nine years I was a full-time independent film producer and wrote novels at night. Then I started to get offers to write for…
Toni Morrison

Literary Birthday – 18 February – Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was born 18 February 1931 and died 5 August 2019. 15 Toni Morrison Quotes On Writing and Life What was driving me to write was the silence - so many stories untold and unexamined. Make up a story. Narrative is radical, creating us…

Literary Birthday – 17 February – Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell was born 17 February 1930 and died 2 May 2015 Quotes I really do literally put myself into a character’s shoes. I would think that the old-fashioned detective story which is so much a matter of clues and puzzles, is certainly on the…

Literary Birthday – 16 February – Richard Ford

Happy Birthday, Richard Ford, born 16 February 1944 Nine Richard Ford Quotes Writing is the only thing I’ve ever done with persistence, except for being married. Today I think of characters—actual and literary characters— as being rather unfixed. I think of them as changeable, provisional, unpredictable,…
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