Literary Birthday

Cornelia Funke

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…
Joanna Trollope

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…
Bill Bryson

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.…
Willa Cather

Literary Birthday – 7 December – Willa Cather

Willa Cather was born 7 December 1873, and died 24 April 1947 Willa Cather: 10 Quotes Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again. There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves…
Joan Didion

Literary Birthday – 5 December – Joan Didion

Happy Birthday, Joan Didion, born 5 December 1934 12 Quotes on Writing I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. We tell ourselves stories in order to…

Literary Birthday – 4 December – Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle was born 4 December 1795, and died 5 February 1881 Thomas Carlyle: 10 Literary Quotes What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. Writing is…

Literary Birthday – 3 December – Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad was born born 3 December 1857, and died 3 August 1924 10 Quotes: Joseph Conrad The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness. Of all the inanimate objects, of all men’s creations, books…

Literary Birthday – 2 December – Ann Patchett

Happy Birthday, Ann Patchett, born 2 December 1963 Nine Quotes Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon. Reading fiction not only develops our imagination…

Literary Birthday – 30 November – Mark Twain

Mark Twain was born 30 November 1835, and died 21 April 1910 12 Quotes on Writing The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to…

Literary Birthday – 30 November – Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was born 30 November 1667, and died 19 October 1745 Jonathan Swift: 10 Quotes Books, the children of the brain. Just get the right syllable in the proper place. Whatever the poets pretend, it is plain they give immortality to none but themselves; it is…
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