March 27 Writer Birthdays

1770 – Eleonora Charlotta d’Albedyhll (née Wrangel), Swedish countess, poet, writer, and salon holder.

1770 – Sophie Friederike Mereau, German novelist, poet, translator, publisher, and short-story writer associated with German Romanticism.

1883 – Marie Under, Estonian writer, poet, translator, and archivist who is considered one of Estonia’s greatest poets; she was nominated eight times for the Nobel Prize.

1892 – Thorne Smith, American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction; notably his two Topper novels, which were considered racy inthe 1930s.

1910 – Ai Qing (艾青), Chinese writer who was regarded as one of the finest modern Chinese poets.

1914 – Budd Schulberg, American novelist and screenwriter.

1922 – Barnaby Conrad, American artist and author who was also a nightclub proprietor, bullfighter, and boxer.

1922 – Dick King-Smith, British author of children’s books whose book The Sheep-Pig was published in the United States as Babe the Gallant Pig and adapted into the popular movie Babe.

1923 – Louis Simpson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Jamaican poet.

1926 – Frank O’Hara, National Book Award-winning American poet.

1939 – Leila Kasra, Iranian writer, poet, songwriter, and lyricist .

1942 – Michael Jackson, English author and journalist who was best known for writing about beer and whisky.

1949 – Dubravka Ugrešic, Amsterdam-based Croatian novelist, short-story writer, and essayist; she is also a literary scholar, much of whose work focuses on contemporary Russian literature.

1950 – Julia Alvarez, Dominican-American novelist, poet, essayist, and children’s writer who is considered one of the world’s most important Latina writers.

1952 – Dana Stabenow, American author of science fiction, mystery and crime fiction, thrillers, and historical adventures; many of her books are set in her native Alaska.

1955 – Patrick McCabe, award-winning Irish author whose dark, violent novels are set in modern-day Ireland.

1962 – Kevin J. Anderson, American science-fiction author who has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, The X-Files, and other popular series, as well as work set in his own science-fiction worlds; with Brian Herbert, he is the co-author of the Dune prequel series. He is married to writer and sometimes writing partner Rebecca Moesta.

1966 – Bettina Balàka, award-winning Austrian novelist, poet, essayist, playwright and short story writer.

1993 – Chidera Nneoma Okolie, award-winning Nigerian novelist and short-story writer who gained national attention when her debut novel When Silence Becomes Too Loud was endorsed in 2015 by then President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan.

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