Literary Birthday

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…

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…
Arthur C. Clarke

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,…
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