March 14 Writer Birthdays

1844 – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy, British poet of Irish descent.

1866 – Ng Poon Chew, Chinese author, journalist, publisher, and activist who published the first Chinese language daily newspaper to be printed outside of China

1869 – Algernon Blackwood, English novelist and short story writer, known for ghost stories and weird fiction.

1879 – Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize-winning German-born theoretical physicist whose name is synonymous with “genius.”

1889 – Marguerite de Angeli, Newbery Award-winning American children’s author and illustrator.

1910 – Genzo Murakami, Japanese author of historical novels.

1916 – (Albert) Horton Foote, Jr., American playwright and screenwriter best known for writing the script for To Kill a Mockingbird.

1919 – Max Shulman, humorist best known for his character Dobie Gillis, who became a movie and TV character.

1920 – Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist; creator of Dennis the Menace.

1940 – Mu Shiying, Chinese writer of modernist short stories.

1947 – Pam Ayres, English poet, songwriter and TV personality.

1951 – Mary K. (Katherine) Pershall, Australian author of children’s novels.

1957 – W. Andrew Robinson, British author who wrote books about India.

1957 – Tad Williams, American science fiction and fantasy author.

1958 – Caryl Phillips, British/Caribbean novelist, screenwriter, and essayist.

1960 – Fiona McIntosh, Australian author of adult crime novels and children’s books; she has also written under the pseudonym of Lauren Crow.

1964 – Po Bronson, American novelist and nonfiction author.

1968 – Radka Denemarkov√°, Czech novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, translator, journalist, and essayist.

1973 – Martina Pilcerova (known professionally as “Martina”), award-winning Slovak fantasy artist and author.

1978 – Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, Armenian-born American writer, lecturer, activist, and politician whose work focuses on the plight of Armenians.

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