Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 19 December – Jean Genet

Jean Genet was born 19 December 1910 and died 15 April 1986 Quotes By stretching language we'll distort it sufficiently to wrap ourselves in it and hide. Creation is not a light-hearted game. The creator commits to a terrible adventure, which is to take upon himself all…
Eileen Myles

Literary Birthday – 9 December – Eileen Myles

Happy Birthday, Eileen Myles, born 9 December 1949 Quotes I always think of childhood as the inarticulate moment, and you have your little camera. You were filming it, recording it, you just didn't know how to speak it. Poetry is my politics. It's an opportunity…
Andrew Sean Greer

Literary Birthday – 21 November – Andrew Sean Greer

Happy Birthday, Andrew Sean Greer, born 21 November 1970 Quotes It takes too much imagination to see the sorrows of people we take for happy. Their real battles take place, like those of the stars, in some realm of light imperceptible to the human eye.…

Literary Birthday – 19 November – Charlie Kaufman

Happy Birthday, Charlie Kaufman, born 19 November 1958 Quotes You are what you love. Not what loves you. Failure is a badge of honour. It means you risked failure. And if you don’t risk failure, you’re never going to do anything that’s different from what…

Literary Birthday – 16 November – Jean Fritz

Jean Fritz was born 16 November 1915 and died 14 May 2017 Quotes When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day. My interest in writing about American history stemmed originally, I think, from a subconscious desire to find roots — I felt…

Literary Birthday – 15 November – Carole Nelson Douglas

Happy Birthday, Carole Nelson Douglas, born 15 November 1944 Quotes Never argue with a librarian; they know too much. A story is its own magical form of transport and it will accept aboard as many weary, tired, or hurting passengers as care to book passage. Winning…
Jack Ketchum

Literary Birthday – 10 November – Jack Ketchum

Jack Ketchum was born 10 November 1946 and died 24 January 2018 Quotes I begin with theme and character, not story. In fact very often the characters create the exact nature of the story as it goes along, and sometimes they surprise me. That’s part…

Literary Birthday – 9 November – Roger McGough

Happy Birthday, Roger McGough, born 9 November 1937 Quotes I started writing poems at university and found a voice; a person within myself. I knew I would write poetry for the rest of my life. If I decide to be indecisive, that’s my decision. I…

Literary Birthday – 9 November – Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was born 9 November 1934 and died 20 December 1996 Quotes Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1 000 years. To read is to…
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