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December Literary Anniversaries

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on November 14, 2016

Births


Dec 1, 1935 | Woody Allen
Brooklyn native, director and screenwriter.


Dec 1, 1905 | Charles Finney
U.S. journalist and fantasy novelist; author of The Circus of Dr. Lao.


Dec 1, 1886 | Rex Stout
Mystery writer from Indiana, creator of Nero Wolfe.


Dec 5, 1901 | Walt Disney
American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer.


Dec 6, 1886 | Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Poet/journalist/literary critic Alfred Joyce Kilmer (more commonly referred to as simply “Joyce Kilmer”) is best known for his poem, “Trees”, which begins with the classic lines, “I think that I shall never see/ A poem as lovely as a tree”.


Dec 9, 1608 | John Milton
English poet John Milton earned an everlasting place in literary history with his epic poem, Paradise Lost


Dec 10, 1830 | Emily Dickinson
Considered one of the finest American poets (and literary recluses), Dickinson wrote thousands of poems in her lifetime, though most were unpublished until after her death. 


Dec 16, 1917 | Arthur Charles Clarke
Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke is best known for his novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was turned into the classic film directed by Stanley Kubrick. 


Dec 16, 1775 | Jane Austen
A standard of English literature, Austen penned the novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion, among many others. 


Dec 26, 1956 | David Sedaris
Humorist David Sedaris is best known for his collections of essays; including the best-sellers Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Cordoroy and Denim.


Dec 30, 1856 | Joseph Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling wrote the children’s classic, The Jungle Book, as well as poems such as the controversial take on Imperialism “White Man’s Burden”. 


Deaths


Dec 3, 1894 | Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses.


Dec 12, 1999 | Joseph Heller
Joseph Heller was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Author of Catch-22.


Dec 16, 1998 | William Gaddis
William Thomas Gaddis, Jr. was an American novelist. Author of The Recognitions


Dec 19, 1848 | Emily Brontë
Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.


Dec 20, 1968 | John Steinbeck
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. Author of The Grapes of Wrath.


Dec 21, 1940 | F Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist and short story writer, whose works illustrate the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Author of The Great Gatsby.


Dec 22, 1943 | Beatrix Potter 
Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.


Dec 22, 1880 | George Eliot 
Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Author of Middlemarch.

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