Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 3 October – Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was born 3 October 1925, and died 31 July 2012 10 Quotes The unfed mind devours itself. Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half. By the time a man…

Literary Birthday – 2 October – Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born 2 October 1904, and died 3 April 1991 Graham Greene: 14 Quotes On Life, Love, and Writing It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a…

Literary Birthday – 1 October – Tim O’Brien

Happy Birthday, Tim O’Brien, born 1 October 1946 The Shape Of Stories That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth. But this too is true: stories can save us. Stories are for joining the past…
Téa Obreht

Literary Birthday – 30 September – Téa Obreht

Happy Birthday, Téa Obreht, born 30 September 1985. Seven Quotes A family has its own rituals and its own superstitions. When I hit a block, regardless of what I am writing, what the subject matter is, or what's going on in the plot, I go back…
Truman Capote

Literary Birthday – 30 September – Truman Capote

Truman Capote was born 30 September 1924, and died 25 August 1984 10 Quotes On Writing To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make. A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there…
Miguel de Cervantes

Literary Birthday – 29 September – Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes was born 29 September 1547, and died 23 April 1616 10 Writerly Observations by Miguel de Cervantes The pen is the tongue of the mind. In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. By such innovations are languages enriched, when…
Simon Winchester

Literary Birthday – 28 September – Simon Winchester

Happy Birthday, Simon Winchester, born 28 September 1944 Five Quotes The best spur for me is a commission and a deadline. Any grand new dictionary ought itself to be a democratic product, a book that demonstrated the primacy of individual freedoms, of the notion that one…
Irvine Welsh

Literary Birthday – 27 September – Irvine Welsh

Happy Birthday, Irvine Welsh, born 27 September 1958 Irvine Welsh: On Writing I’m the same kind of writer as I am a drinker. I’m a binger.  I wear the same clothes for days and don’t shave. I grew up in a place where everybody was a storyteller,…
T.S. Eliot

Literary Birthday – 26 September – T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot was born 26 September 1888, and died 4 January 1965 Top 10 Quotes on Writing Humour is also a way of saying something serious. Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an…
William Faulkner

Literary Birthday – 25 September – William Faulkner

William Faulkner was born 25 September 1897, and died 6 July 1962 The 12 Best William Faulkner Quotes On Writing Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth. The best fiction is far more true…
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