Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 6 January – E. L. Doctorow

E.L. Doctorow was born 6 January 1931 and died 21 July 2015 E.L. Doctorow: Top 10 Quotes On Writing Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but…

Literary Birthday – 5 January – Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco was born 5 January 1932, died 19 February 2016 Umberto Eco: Top 10 Quotes I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it…
Harlan Coben

Literary Birthday – 4 January – Harlan Coben

Happy Birthday, Harlan Coben, born 4 January 1962 Harlan Coben: Nine Quotes on Writing I never bought the excuse of not having time to write. If you really want to do it, you’re either going to find those hours or eventually decide not to be a…

Literary Birthday – 3 January – J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien was born 3 January 1892, and died 2 September 1973 JRR Tolkien: 10 Quotes I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighbourhood. But the world that contained even the imagination…

Literary Birthday – 2 January – Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was born 2 January 1920, and died 6 April 1992 21 Quotes If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder…

Literary Birthday – 1 January – J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger was born 1 January 1919, and died 27 January 2010 10 Quotes: J.D. Salinger An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s…

Literary Birthday – 1 January – E.M. Forster

E.M. Forster was born 1 January 1879, and died 7 June 1970 Quotes It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by…

Literary Birthday – 31 December – Nicholas Sparks

Happy Birthday, Nicholas Sparks, born 31 December 1965 On Writing - 10 Quotes By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it’s possible to learn how things are done—the mechanics of writing, so to speak—and which genres and authors excel…

Literary Birthday – 31 December – Junot Díaz

Happy Birthday, Junot Díaz, born 31 December 1968 10 Quotes In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book. That’s life for you. All the happiness you gather…

Literary Birthday – 30 December – Douglas Coupland

Happy Birthday, Douglas Coupland, born 30 December 1961 10 Quotes I’m quite open about the future. I’m curious. In my mind I’ve always checked out in 2037; that’s always been my expiration date. I’ll be 75. Here’s my theory about meetings and life: the three things…
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