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July Literary Anniversaries

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on July 10, 2017


July 1, 1892 | James M. Cain
Usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction, author of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity.

July 3, 1883 | Franz Kafka
Prague German-language novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature.

July 4, 1804 | Nathaniel Hawthorne
American novelist, dark romantic, and short story writer.

July 4, 1896 | Mao Dun
20th-century Chinese novelist, cultural critic, and the Minister of Culture of People's Republic of China.

July 7, 1907 | Robert A. Heinlein
American science-fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", his controversial works continue to have an influential effect on the genre.

July 10, 1871 | Marcel Proust
French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perd.

July 11, 1826 | Alexander Afanasyev
Russian Empire Slavist who published nearly 600 Russian folktales and fairytales—one of the largest folktale collections in the world.

July 11, 1899 | E.B. White
He also wrote books for children, including Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte's Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan.

July 12, 1817 | Henry Thoreau
American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian.

July 12, 1904 | Pablo Neruda
Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

July 13, 1894 | Isaac Babel
Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red Cavalry, Story of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa, all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature.

July 15, 1919 | Iris Murdoch
Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious.

July 18, 1937 | Hunter S Thompson
American journalist and essayist.

July 21, 1899 | Ernest Hemingway
American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction.

July 23, 1888 | Raymond Chandler
American mystery writer and creator of Philip Marlowe.

July 24, 1802 | Alexandre Dumas
French novelist, author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

July 24, 1886 | Junichiro Tanizaki
Japanese novelist, author of Makioka Sisters.

July 24, 1895 | Robert Graves
Anti-war poet and novelist, author of I, Claudius.

July 25, 1905 | Elias Canetti
Bulgarian-born British novelist.

July 26, 1856 | George Bernard Shaw
Irish playwright.

July 26, 1894 | Aldous Huxley
Novelist, essayist, author of Brave New World.

July 28, 1866 | Beatrix Potter
English children's novelist. Author of Peter Rabbit.

July 30, 1818 | Emily Bronte
Author of Wuthering Heights.

July 31, 1965 | JK Rowling
English author, famous for creating Harry Potter. (Also the birthday of the character Harry Potter).


July 1, 1896 | Harriet Beecher Stowe
American abolitionist and author and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

July 2, 1961 | Ernest Hemingway
American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction.

July 2, 1977 | Vladimir Nabokov
Russian-American novelist most famous for Lolita.

July 6, 1893 | Guy de Maupassant
French writer, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms.

July 6, 1932 | Kenneth Grahame
British writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children's literature.

July 6, 1964 | William Faulkner
American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays.

July 7, 1930 | Arthur Conan Doyle
British writer and physician, most noted for his character Sherlock Holmes and his detective fiction.

July 8, 1822 | Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as most influential, poets in the English language.

July 10, 2003 | Winston Graham
English novelist best known for the Poldark series of historical novels set in Cornwall.

July 11, 1971 | John W. Campbell
American science fiction credited with shaping the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

July 15, 1904 | Anton Chekhov
Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history.

July 18, 1887 | Jane Austen
English novelist, author of Pride and Prejudice.

July 21, 1796 | Robert Burns
Scottish poet.

July 25, 1966 | Frank O'Hara
American poet, critic Mark Doty has said O'Hara's poetry is "urbane, ironic, sometimes genuinely celebratory and often wildly funny."

July 30, 1965 | Junichiro Tanizaki
Japanese author, known for stories with the search for cultural identity as a key theme.

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