Literary Birthday

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…
Joseph Conrad

Literary Birthday – 3 December – Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad was born born 3 December 1857, and died 3 August 1924 Joseph Conrad Quotes 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 are…

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…
Mark Twain

Literary Birthday – 30 November – Mark Twain

Mark Twain was born 30 November 1835, and died 21 April 1910 12 Mark Twain 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…
Jonathan Swift

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…
C.S. Lewis

Literary Birthday – 29 November – C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis was born 29 November 1898, and died 22 November 1963. Why C.S. Lewis became a writer ‘What drove me to write was the extreme manual clumsiness from which I have always suffered. I attribute it to a physical defect which my brother I both…
William Blake 

Literary Birthday – 28 November – William Blake

William Blake was born 28 November 1757, and died 12 August 1827 To See a World in a Grain of Sand  And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,  Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand  And Eternity in an hour.  William Blake: Timeless Quotes It…

Literary Birthday – 27 November – James Agee

James Agee was born 27 November 1909, and died 16 May 1955 Quotes Isn’t every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn’t there a good deal to be said for recognising that fact and for using both methods?…
Eugène Ionesco

Literary Birthday – 26 November – Eugène Ionesco

Eugène Ionesco was born 26 November 1909, and died 28 March 1994 Eugène Ionesco: Nine Quotes A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.…
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