December 18 Writer Birthdays

1828 – Abraham Viktor Rydberg, important Swedish novelist described as “primarily a classical idealist” and as “Sweden’s last Romantic.”

1856 – Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist, orator, propagandist, and revolutionary, best known for his written work, La Solidaridad. 

1870 – Saki, Pen name of British writer Hector Hugh Munro, known for his witty short stories.

1913 – Alfred Bester, American science-fiction author who won the first-ever Hugo award.

1918 – Hal Kanter, American screenwriter and comedy writer who penned movies and television shows and created the pioneering sitcom Julia, starring Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker, a widowed nurse bringing up a young son alone; it was the first show to feature a black female lead.

1927 – Marilyn Sachs, award-winning American children’s and young-adult novelist who has written more than 30 books.

1935 – Jacques Pépin, French chef, author, and television personality who has written many cookbooks.

1939 – Michael Moorcock, English author of scifi, fantasy and literary novels.

1950 – Leonard Maltin, American film critic and author.

1971 – Barkha Dutt, award-winning Indian television journalist, editor, and columnist.

1981 – Nives Celzijus Drpić (born Nives Zeljković), Croatian columnist, writer, model, and singer; her husband is Greek football player Dino Drpić.

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