Literary Birthday

Literary Birthday – 15 May – Samantha Hunt

Happy Birthday, Samantha Hunt, born 15 May 1971 10 Quotes I became a writer because I am the youngest of six children. I listen; I observe. I'm camouflaged as a moth. Mothers are unseen. It helps me write. The lion's share of my work is revision,…

Literary Birthday – 14 May – Jennifer Niven

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Niven, born 14 May 1968 Quotes Write. Read. Write. Read. Work hard. Remember to enjoy it. Don't forget to play and have fun with your words. Write the thing you're burning to write. Don't be afraid of writing twaddle, as Katherine Mansfield…

Literary Birthday – 10 May – Arthur Kopit

Happy Birthday, Arthur Kopit, born 10 May 1937 Quotes Read as much as possible and while you're reading, try to see why the writing works. I’m pretty good at putting myself in a state of mind, when I write, in which it’s as if I…

Literary Birthday – 8 May – Pat Barker

Happy Birthday, Pat Barker, born 8 May 1943 Quotes Another person's life, observed from the outside, always has a shape and definition that one's own life lacks. Fiction should be about moral dilemmas that are so bloody difficult that the author doesn't know the answer.…

Literary Birthday – 6 May – Orson Welles

Orson Welles was born 6 May 1915 and died 10 October 1985 Nine Quotes Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. People are losing the capacity to listen to words or follow ideas. A writer needs a pen,…

Literary Birthday – 3 May – May Sarton

May Sarton  was born 3 May 1912 and died 16 July 1995 Nine Quotes We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self. I always forget…

Literary Birthday – 3 May – E. W. Howe

E. W. Howe was born 3 May 1853 and died 3 October 1937 Nine Quotes One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself. The most destructive criticism is indifference. When men are not regretting that life is…

Literary Birthday – 1 May – Bobbie Ann Mason

Happy Birthday, Bobbie Ann Mason, born 1 May 1940 Quotes I'm not very articulate. The reason I write is because I don't talk. I've always found it difficult to start with a definite idea, but if I start with a pond that's being drained because…

Literary Birthday – 30 April – John Crowe Ransom

John Crowe Ransom was born 30 April 1888  and died 3 July 1974 Four Quotes When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble. Now between the meanings of words and their sounds…

Literary Birthday – 24 April – Karan Mahajan

Happy Birthday, Karan Mahajan, born 24 April 1984 Quotes When things are good, you can see no other way of living; when things are in ruins, there appear a million solutions for how this fate could have been avoided. I tend to see my characters…
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