Literary Birthday

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…
Douglas Coupland

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…
Rudyard Kipling

Literary Birthday – 30 December – Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born 30 December 1865, and died 18 January 1936 Rudyard Kipling: Nine Quotes For the female of the species is more deadly than the male. I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used…

Literary Birthday – 29 December – William Gaddis

William Gaddis was born 29 December 1922, and died 16 December 1998 Nine Quotes How some of the writers I come across get through their books without dying of boredom is beyond me. If it is not beautiful for someone, it does not exist. There is…
Henry Miller

Literary Birthday – 26 December – Henry Miller

Henry Miller was born 26 December 1891, and died 7 June 1980 Seven Quotes A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing…

Literary Birthday – 24 December – Mary Higgins Clark

Happy Birthday, Mary Higgins Clark, born 24 December 1929 Mary Higgins Clark: Eight Quotes One of the best clues about what to write is what one likes to read, and I had always loved reading suspense. When I was writing my third or fourth book, A Cry…
Donna Tartt

Literary Birthday – 23 December – Donna Tartt

Happy Birthday, Donna Tartt, born 23 December 1963 Donna Tartt: Nine Storytelling Quotes I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel. The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, travelling,…
Diana Athill

Literary Birthday – 21 December – Diana Athill

Diana Athill was born 21 December 1917 and died 23 January 2019 Diana Athill - On Writing Read it aloud to yourself because that’s the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought…

Literary Birthday – 20 December – David Levine

David Levine was born 20 December 1926 and died 29 December 2009 He was an American artist and illustrator best known for his caricatures in The New York Review of Books. Jules Feiffer called him ‘the greatest caricaturist of the last half of the 20th Century.’ Clockwise…
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