February 7 Writer Birthdays

1478 – Thomas More, English Renaissance writer and humanist who coined the term “utopia.”

1812 – Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic; one of the major novelists of the Victorian age, his works are still widely read today.

1837 – James Murray, Scottish lexicographer, philologist, and primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.

1867 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, writer and journalist whose “Little House” book series for children was based on her childhood as a pioneer on the American frontier.

1885 – Sinclair Lewis, Nobel Prize-winning American novelist, playwright, and magazine writer lauded for his “vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters”; he was offered the Pulitzer Prize for his book Arrowsmith, but he turned it down.

1908 – Fred Gipson, American author best known for his 1956 novel Old Yeller.

1922 – Marion Cunningham, American food writer best known for her work on editions of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

1932 – Gay Talese, American author, memoirist, and literary journalist.

1943 – Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian.

1950 – Karen Joy Fowler, American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, best known for The Jane Austen Book Club.

1974 – Emma McLaughlin, American novelist who wrote The Nanny Diaries with Nicola Krau.

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