Literary Birthday

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…

Literary Birthday – 18 December – Michael Moorcock

Happy Birthday, Michael Moorcock, born 18 December 1939 Five Quotes The book trade invented literary prizes to stimulate sales, not to reward merit. Heroes betray us. By having them, in real life, we betray ourselves. What happened to fantasy for me is what also happened to…

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…
Noël Coward

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,…
Gustave Flaubert

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…
Helen Dunmore

Literary Birthday – 12 December – Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore was born 12 December 1952 and died 5 June 2017 Helen Dunmore 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…

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…
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