Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 16 December – Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke was born 16 December 1917, and died 19 March 2008. Seven Quotes The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the…

Literary Birthday – 16 December – Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born 16 December 1775, and died 18 July 1817 Jane Austen: On Writing 'I could no more write a romance than an epic poem. I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my…

Literary Birthday – 16 December – Noël Coward

Noël Coward was born 16 December 1899, and died 26 March 1973 Noel Coward: Seven Glorious Quotes Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade. It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few…

Literary Birthday – 15 December – Edna O’Brien

Happy Birthday, Edna O’Brien, born 15 December 1930 Edna O’Brien: Five Quotes Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire. When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen,…

Literary Birthday – 12 December – Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert was born 12 December 1821, and died 8 May 1880 Gustave Flaubert Quotes Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present…

Literary Birthday – 12 December – Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore was born 12 December 1952 and died 5 June 2017 Five Quotes As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates. I would like people to…

Literary Birthday – 11 December – Ayelet Waldman

Happy Birthday, Ayelet Waldman, born 11 December 1964 Ayelet Waldman - Eight Quotes On Writing and Reading Forget discovery. Think about discipline. Writing is a habit — a physical habit. You can’t wait for the muse — you must just sit down at the same time…

Literary Birthday – 10 December – Cornelia Funke

Happy Birthday, Cornelia Funke, born 10 December 1958 Seven Quotes About Books Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn't ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly. Books have to be…

Literary Birthday – 9 December – Joanna Trollope

Happy Birthday, Joanna Trollope, born 9 December 1943 What has been the greatest writing influence for Joanna Trollope? 'Simply - just life, I think. At certain stages - I’m sure this is true of everyone - a particular person or book or idea or movie can…

Literary Birthday – 8 December – Bill Bryson

Happy Birthday, Bill Bryson, born 8 December 1951 Bill Bryson: Nine Quotes There are things you just can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he’s ready to see you, and you can’t go home again.…
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