July 12 Writer Birthdays

1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American author, essayist, poet, and philosopher, best known for his works Walden and Civil Disobedience.

1876 – Max Jacob, French poet, painter, writer, and critic whose work is seen as an important link between the symbolism and surrealism; despite the fact that the Jewish-born Jacob had converted to Catholicism decades earlier, he was arrested by the Gestapo and died while awaiting deportation to a concentration camp.

1892 – Bruno Schulz, Polish writer, artist, literary critic, and art teacher who is considered one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century.

1904 – Pablo Neruda, pen name and, later, legal name of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician who was born as Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto; Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.”

1909 – Herbert Zim, naturalist, author, and educator best known as founder and editor of the Golden Guides nature books for children.

1918 – Betty Sue Cummings, author of books of history and of fiction for both adults and children.

1920 – Pierre Berton, Canadian nonfiction author, journalist, and television personality.

1928 – Tayeb Salih, Sudanese novelist, broadcaster, and teacher.

1933 – Donald Westlake, American writer of mostly crime fiction; he also wrote under many pseudonyms, including Richard Stark and Alan Marshall.

1937 – Bill Cosby, controversial actor, comedian, educator, Jello spokesperson, and activist who has written many books, including books of comedy; nonfiction about children, parenting, education, and family relationships; and fiction for children. His reputation as the quintessential family man was shattered by revelations of multiple incidents of sexual assault and rape.

1939 – Phillip Andrew Hedley Adams, Australian columnist, broadcaster, and farmer; In 1997 the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter after him.

1944 – Delia Ephron, bestselling American author, screenwriter, and playwright; sister of writer Nora Ephron.

1946 – Robert Fisk, Beirut-based English journalist.

1951 – Joan Bauer, Newbery Honor-winning American author of young-adult literature.

1955 – Timothy Garton Ash, British historian, professor, author and commentator who specializes in modern history of Central and Eastern Europe.

1967 – Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short-story writer.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: