Literary Birthday

Voltaire

Literary Birthday – 21 November – Voltaire

Voltaire was born 21 November 1694, and died 30 May 1778 Voltaire Quotes Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. The more I read, the more I acquire, the more…

Literary Birthday – 20 November – Don DeLillo

Happy Birthday, Don DeLillo, born 20 November 1936 'First you look for discipline and control. You want to exercise your will, bend the language your way, bend the world your way. You want to control the flow of impulses, images, words, faces, ideas. But there’s a…
Nadine Gordimer

Literary Birthday – 20 November – Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer was born 20 November 1923, and died 13 July 2014 (updated 14 July 2014) Nadine Gordimer: Five Quotes on Writing Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area. Perhaps there is no other…

Literary Birthday – 18 November – Margaret Atwood

Happy Birthday, Margaret Atwood, born 18 November 1939 Nine Quotes A word after a word after a word is power. I never have [suffered writer’s block], although I’ve had books that didn’t work out. I had to stop writing them. I just abandoned them. It was…
Christopher Paolini

Literary Birthday – 17 November – Christopher Paolini

Happy Birthday, Christopher Paolini, born 17 November 1983 Christopher Paolini: Seven Quotes on Writing It was really a personal challenge to see if I could write a book. I wasn’t looking for publication. I thought maybe my parents would read it, maybe my sister…. The real…

Literary Birthday – 16 November – Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was born 16 November 1930, and died 21 March 2013 Chinua Achebe: 12 Quotes On Stories If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own. To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them. Nobody can teach…
J. G. Ballard

Literary Birthday – 15 November – J. G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard was born 15 November 1930, and died 19 April 2009 12 Quotes On Writing Once it gets off the ground into space, all science fiction is fantasy. I’ve never suffered from writer’s block. I have plenty of ideas, sometimes too many. I’ve always…

Literary Birthday – 12 November – Naomi Wolf

Happy Birthday, Naomi Wolf, born 12 November 1962 Three Quotes I'm a big believer in debate and difference of opinion. A Mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually VACCINATES her daughter against low self-esteem. For all the power of video and film, I am not giving…
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