October 18 Writer Birthdays

1569 – Giambattista Marino, influential Italian poet; founder of the school of Marinism, characterized by the use of extravagant conceits.

1638 – Lars (Lasse) Johnstown, Swedish baroque poet, usually referred to by his pseudonym, Lucidor.

1701 – Charles le Beau, French historian, writer, and educator.

1741 – Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos, French general and controversial author, best known for his epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), which was considered scandalous in his day; he also invented the modern artillery shell.

1777 – Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist, poet, and novelist.

1785 – Thomas Love Peacock, author, poet, and essayist.

1865 – Logan Pearsall Smith, American-born essayist and critic who became a British citizen; he was especially known for his aphorisms and epigrams.

1889 – Fannie Hurst, novelist who frequently wrote about women as the subject of economic and social discrimination.

1894 – H.L. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and poet.

1895 – Raymond Brulez, Flemish author and broadcaster, known for his skepticism.

1897 – Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist and author, best known for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, a personality assessment she created with her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs.

1948 – Ntozake Shange, American poet and playwright whose work explores issues of race and feminism.

1950 – Wendy Wasserstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright and professor.

1951 – Terry McMillan, bestselling American novelist.

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