April 11 Writer Birthdays

1492 – Marguerite de Navarre, writer, poet, playwright, salon leader, princess of France, and Queen consort of Navarre; as an author and patron of humanists and reformers, she was a key figure of the French Renaissance and was once called “The First Modern Woman.”

1883 – Camille Marbo (real name Marguerite Appell Borel), French writer who was president and laureate of the Prix Femina and president of the Société des gens de lettres.

1893 – Dean Acheson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American memoirist, lawyer, and U.S. Secretary of State.

1898 – Conny Méndez, Venezuelan writer, caricaturist, composer, singer, and actress who wrote about metaphysics.

1903 – Misuzu Kaneko, Japanese poet, writer, and songwriter who has been compared to Christina Rossetti; she was born in a fishing village, and often included images of fishing and the sea in her work.

1911 – David Westheimer, American novelist and editor.

1920 – Peter O’Donnell, British writer of mysteries and comic strips who also wrote gothic romances, under the pseudonym Madeline Brent.

1931 – Nelly Kaplan, French filmmaker, screenwriter, author, essayist, and journalist.

1934 – Mark Strand, Canadian-born American poet, essayist, professor, and translator who was U.S. Poet Laureate.

1940 – Thomas Harris, American author, journalist, and screenwriter best known for his series of novels about his fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter.

1951 – James Patrick Kelly, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American author of science fiction and cyberpunk novels and short stories.

1968 – Cecilia Eudave, Mexican writer, poet, novelist, short-story author, and professor.

1977 – Lee Young-you, Korean writer and comic-book artist.

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