Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 5 November – Richard Holmes

Happy Birthday, Richard Holmes, born 5 November 1945 Quotes If you are only a scholar your story will be dead, but if you are only a storyteller then it will be ludicrous. That’s partly the biographer’s job, I think, to give someone a fair hearing,…

Literary Birthday – 5 November – Joyce Maynard

Happy Birthday, Joyce Maynard, born 5 November 1953 Quotes I do not outline. There are writers I know and count as my friends who certainly do it the other way, but for me, part of the adventure is not knowing how it's going to turn…

Literary Birthday – 4 November – Stephen Jones

Happy Birthday, Stephen Jones, born 4 November 1953 Quotes Just because everybody uses language, that doesn't mean that they can write even tolerable prose. I have to come up with a concept, sell that to a publisher, and then approach those authors who I think…
John L'Heureux

Literary Birthday – 26 October – John L’Heureux

Happy Birthday, John L'Heureux, born 26 October 1934 Quotes I try to explore the shape of mystery that lies behind the few things I know. (via) Young writers often confuse dialogue with conversation, under the assumption that the closer you get to reality, the more…
Adam Mars-Jones

Literary Birthday – 26 October – Adam Mars-Jones

Happy Birthday, Adam Mars-Jones, born 26 October 1954 Quotes When you’re writing about the dead, you have the last word. I started the memoir because I joined in with a creative writing student exercise. First, I don’t think writers are born, and second, I don’t think…
Ntozake Shange

Literary Birthday – 18 October – Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange was born 18 October 1948 and died 27 October 2018. Quotes I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives. I write for young girls of…

Literary Birthday – 13 October – Dalene Matthee

Dalene Matthee was born 13 October 1938 and died 20 February 2005 Quotes One always writes for that one person who knows more than you do. But memories got left behind while you kept walking on; every time you had to retrace your steps further…

Literary Birthday – 12 October – Lester Dent

Lester Dent was born 12 October 1904 and died 11 March 1959 Quotes First line, or as near thereto as possible, introduce the hero and swat him with a fistful of trouble. Hint at a mystery, a menace or a problem to be solved--something the hero has…

Literary Birthday – 10 October – Claude Simon

Claude Simon was born 10 October 1913 and died 6 July 2005 Quotes Life is not only full of sound and fury. It also has butterflies, flowers, art. For me, the big chore is always the same: how to begin a sentence, how to continue it,…
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