October 3 Writer Birthdays

1886 – Alain-Fournier (pseudonym for Henri Alban-Fournier), author whose one novel, Le Grand Meaulnes, is considered a classic of French literature.

1900 – Thomas Wolfe, influential American novelist known for mixing highly original, poetic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing; after Wolfe’s death, author William Faulkner said that Wolfe may have had the best talent of their generation.

1906 – Natalie Savage Carlson, Newbery Honor-winning children’s book author.

1916 – James Herriott, pen name for British veterinarian James Alfred Wight, who wrote the autobiographical book, All Creatures Great & Small and its sequels.

1925 – Gore Vidal, National Book Award-winning American novelist, nonfiction author, essayist, screenwriter, playwright, politician, and political commentator.

1928 – Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist, known for his works discussing the digital revolution.

1950 – John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning U.S. playwright, screenwriter, and director.

1970 – Sara Zarr, American novelist whose first book, Story of a Girl, was a National Book Award finalist.

1980 – Lindsey Kelk, British “chick lit” author and blogger.

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