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April Literary Anniversaries

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on April 6, 2017

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Births


April 2, 1805 | Hans Christian Anderson
Danish fairy tale writer


April 3, 1783 | Washington Irving
Known for his biographical works and such stories as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


April 4, 1928 | Maya Angelou
American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.


April 7, 1770 | William Wordsworth
English romantic poet


April 9, 1821 | Charles Baudelaire
French poet, essayist, and art critic


April 12, 1947 | Tom Clancy
American adventure and espionage novelist


April 13, 1906 | Samuel Beckett
Irish playwright and novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for Waiting for Godot


April 13, 1939 | Seamus Heaney
Irish poet and 1995 Nobel Prize winner


April 13, 1891 | Nella Larsen
American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance


April 15, 1843 | Henry James
One of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism


April 16, 1871 | J M Synge
Irish playwright, author of Playboy of the Western World


April 16, 1922 | Kingsley Amis
English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher


April 21, 1816 | Charlotte Bronte
Author of Jane Eyre


April 22, 1899 | Vladimir Nabokov
Author of Lolita


April 22, 1707 | Henry Fielding
English novelist and dramatist best known for his rich, earthy humour and satirical prowess


April 23, 1948 | Charles R. Johnson
African-American scholar and the author of novels, short stories, screen-and-teleplays


April 23, 1902 | Halldor Laxness
Icelandic novelist and 1955 Nobel Prize winner 


April 24, 1815 | Anthony Trollope
English novelist


26 April, 121 AD | Marcus Aurelius
Roman philosopher, humane emperor, and author of The Meditations


April 26, 1564 | Shakespeare
No birthday known, baptism celebrated instead


April 28, 1948 | Terry Pratchett
British sci-fi and fantasy writer, creator of Discworld


April 28, 1926 | Harper Lee
Author of To Kill A Mocking Bird


April 30, 1938 | Larry Niven
American science fiction writer


Deaths


April 3, 1991 | Graham Greene
American novelist poet, dramatist, and performer


April 4, 1968 | Martin Luther King
Assassination of the civil rights activist


April 4, 2013 | Carmine Infantino
Comic book artist and editor who was a major force in the Silver Age of Comic Books


April 5, 1986 | Manly Wade Wellman
Science fiction and fantasy stories appeared in such pulps as Astounding Stories, Startling Stories, Unknown and Strange Stories


April 5, 1997 | Allen Ginsburg
Leading Beat Poet


April 5, 2005 | Saul Bellow
Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author


April 6, 1992 | Isaac Asimov
Famous science fiction author


April 10, 1966 | Evelyn Waugh
Author of Brideshead Revisited


April 11, 2007 | Kurt Vonnegut
Author of Slaughterhouse Five


April 13, 2006 | Muriel Spark
Scottish novelist and essayist


April 14, 1986 | Simone de Beauvoir
Feminist, author of The Second Sex


April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Author of One Hundred Years of Solitude


April 19, 1882 | Charles Darwin
Scientist, author of Origin of the Species


April 19, 1989 | Daphne Du Maurier
Author of Rebecca and The Birds


April 19, 1824 | Lord Byron
Famous English poet and romanticist


April 19, 2009 | J.G. Ballard

English novelist, short story writer, and essayist


April 20, 1912 | Bram Stoker
Irish author of Dracula


April 21, 1910 | Mark Twain
Famous American author of Huckleberry Finn


April 22, 1616 | Miguel de Cervantes
Author of Don Quixote


April 23, 1616 | Shakespeare
Iconic Playwright


April 23, 1850 | William Wordsworth
English romantic poet


April 23, 1996 | P.L. Travers
Author of Mary Poppins


April 24, 1731 | Daniel Defoe
Author of Robinson Crusoe


April 24, 1942 | Lucy Maud Montgomery
Author of Anne of Green Gables


April 25, 1988 | Clifford D. Simak
Science fiction writer


April 25, 1911 | Emilio Salgari
Italian writer of action adventure swashbucklers and a pioneer of science fiction


April 27, 1878 | Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet


April 27, 1878 | Anna Sewell
Author of Black Beauty


April 29, 1980 | Alfred Hitchcock
Auteur Director

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