January 28 Writer Birthdays

1582 – John Barclay, French-born Scottish writer, satirist, and neo-Latin poet.

1608 – Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Italian physiologist, physicist, mathematician, and author; Father of Biomechanics; and first person to design a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus; he became head of Mathematics at the University of Pisa, though Galileo recommended against hiring him.

1841 – Sir Henry Morton Stanley, journalist and explorer who found missing missionary David Livingstone and said, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

1853 – José Martí y Perez, poet, essayist, journalist, revolutionary philosopher, and Cuban national hero.

1873 – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, known as simply, “Colette,” French author best known for “Gigi.”

1915 – Nien Cheng, Chinese author whose memoir recounts her experiences during the Cultural Revolution.

1927 – Vera Williams, American peace activist and author/illustrator of children’s books.

1928 – Philip Levine, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.

1929 – Richard Clement Charles “Clem” Thomas, Welsh rugby player who became a rugby journalist and author.

1935 – Manuel dos Santos Lima, Angolan poet, dramatist, novelist and revolutionary.

1935 – David John Lodge, English literature professor and satirical novelist.

1936 – Ismail Kadare, bestselling Albanian novelist and poet.

1945 – John Perkins, controversial American author and conspiracy theorist who also wrote about mysticism in indigenous cultures.

1954 – Rick Warren, evangelical pastor and self-help book author.

1959 – Megan McDonald, American author of children’s books, best known for the “Judy Moody” series.

1961 – Arnaldur Indriðason, Icelandic author of crime fiction.

1973 – Carrie Vaughn, American short-story writer and novelist who is known for urban fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romance.

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