August 18 Writer Birthdays

1450 – Marko Marulic. Croatian national poet, Christian humanist, and judge who wrote under several names, including Marko Marulić Splićanin (“Marko Marulić of Split”), Marko Pečenić, Marcus Marulus (or de Marulis) Spalatensis, and Dalmata; he also wrote nonfiction works in Latin that were widely published throughout Europe; he is credited with coining the term, “psychology.”

1841 – Robert Williams Buchanan, Scottish poet, novelist, and dramatist.

1908 – Edgar Faure, French Prime Minister who was also an author, essayist, historian, memoirist, and lawyer.

1908 – Armijn Pane, influential Indonesian novelist, poet, nonfiction author, and playwright who also wrote under the names Adinata, A. Soul, Empe, A. Mada, A. Banner, and Kartono.

1912 – Elsa Morante, Italian novelist; her work, mostly set in the south of Italy, often deals with persecution and injustice, and is influenced by 19th-century French and Russian novels.

1922 – Alain Robbe-Grillet, French novelist, publisher, screenwriter, and filmmaker of the Nouveau Roman movement;

1925 – Brian Aldiss, English author of fiction and science fiction who has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and was awarded the designation Grand Master by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

1934 – Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author of nonfiction crime books; he is best known for the successful prosecution of cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson.

1934 – Sonia Levitin, German novelist, essayist, playwright, and lyricist who is best known for her books for children.

1944 – Paula Danziger, American children’s author, best known for the novel The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and her “Amber Brown” series; she also lived in the UK and was a regular presenter on children’s literature for the BBC.

1945 – Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr., American Marine Corps officer and attorney whose autobiography won a Pulitzer Prize.

1961 – Huw Edwards, Welsh journalist and news presenter.

1967 – Brian Michael Bendis, American comic-book writer, best known for his work in the Ultimate Marvel universe.

1972 – Victoria Elizabeth Coren, British author, reviewer, columnist, quiz-show host, and professional poker player.

1974 – Nicole Krauss, American novelist who was a National Book Award finalist and was listed in New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” fiction writers to watch; she is married to author Jonathan Safran Foer.

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