June Literary Anniversaries
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June 2, 1840 | Thomas Hardy
Poet and author of many novels, including Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd.
June 3, 1926 | Allen Ginsberg
American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow.
June 4, 1907 | Jacques Roumain
Haitian writer, politician, and advocate of Marxism. He is considered one of the most prominent figures in Haitian literature.
June 5, 1949 | Ken Follett
Kenneth Martin "Ken" Follett is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels who has sold more than 150 million copies of his works.
June 6, 1799 | Alexander Pushkin
Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
June 7, 1943 | Nikki Giovanni
Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr. is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African-American poets.
June 10, 1915 | Saul Bellow
Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest authors, Bellow has had a huge literary influence
June 11, 1932 | Athol Fugard
Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in English.
June 12, 1827 | Johanna Spyri
Swiss-born author of novels, notably children's stories, and is best known for her book Heidi.
June 12, 1892 | Djuna Barnes
American writer and artist best known for her novel Nightwood (1936), a cult classic of lesbian fiction and an important work of modernist literature.
June 12, 1929 | Anne Frank
Annelies Marie Frank was a German-born diarist. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
June 13, 1893 | Dorothy L. Sayers
Renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and Christian humanist.
June 13, 1865 | W.B. Yeats
Poet and playwright William Butler Yeats was the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. A few of his more famous works include The Tower and Deirdre.
June 13, 1938 | Joyce Carol Oates
Published over fifty novels and short stories, from With Shuddering Fall in 1964 to the memoir A Widow’s Story in 2011. She has won countless literary awards, including the National Book Award for her novel, Them.
June 14, 1811 | Harriet Beecher Stowe
American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
June 15, 1939 | Brian Jacques
English writer, best known for his Redwall series of novels
June 16, 1896 | Murray Leinster
Award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history literature. He wrote and published more than 1,500 short stories
June 19, 1947 | Salman Rushdie
British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners."
June 21, 1839 | Machado de Assis
Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and short story writer. Widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature.
June 21, 1905 | Jean-Paul Sartre
French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic.
June 21, 1948 | Ian McEwan
English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945."
June 24, 1842 | Ambrose Bierce
American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist.
June 22, 1856 | H. Rider Haggard
English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary genre.
June 22, 1947 | Octavia E. Butler
American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field.
June 23, 1876 | Irvin S. Cobb
Once he was among America’s top celebrities: author of 60 books, he was America’s highest paid journalist, a star of radio, motion pictures and the lecture circuit.
June 25, 1903 | George Orwell
Born Eric Arthur Blair, Orwell achieved fame with his dystopian novel, 1984, and the dark political satire, Animal Farm. Orwell left an indelible mark on language; the term “Orwellian” is used to describe a force opposed to a free society.
June 27, 1850 | Lafcadio Hearn
Known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories.
June 28, 1909 | Eric Ambler
Influential British author of thrillers, in particular spy novels who introduced a new realism to the genre.
June 29, 1900 | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award.
June 4, 1973 | Arna Bontemps
American poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
June 1, 1959 | Sax Rohmer
Best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.
3rd June 1924 | Franz Kafka
German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature.
June 3, 1995 | Jean-Patrick Manchette
French crime novelist credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the genre.
June 5, 2012 | Ray Bradbury
Author of Fahrenheit 451.
June 7, 1967 | Dorothy Parker
American poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.
June 6, 2013 | Tom Sharpe
English satirical novelist, best known for his Wilt series. Sharpe graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge, moved to South Africa for ten years and was then deported for sedition for speaking out against apartheid.
June 7, 1970 | E.M. Forster
English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist.
June 8, 1889 | Gerard Manley Hopkins
English poet, convert to Catholicism, and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets.
June 8, 1975 | Murray Leinster
Award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history literature. He wrote and published more than 1,500 short stories.
June 9, 1870 | Charles Dickens
Author of Great Expectations.
June 9, 2013 | Iain Banks
Author of The Wasp Factory and Consider Phlebas.
June 10, 1949 | Sigrid Undset
Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.
June 10, 1580 | Luís de Camões
Considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet.
June 10, 1958 | Angelina Weld Grimké
American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance.
June 10, 1988 | Louis L’Amour
Author of mainly Westerns, but also historical fiction, science fiction, and short stories. John Wayne once said he was the most interesting man in the world.
June 11, 1936 | Robert E. Howard
Well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre.
June 14, 1986 | Jorge Luis Borges
Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language literature.
June 14, 1927 | Jerome K. Jerome
English writer and humourist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1887).
June 14, 1995 | Roger Zelazny American poet and writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels, best known for The Chronicles of Amber.
June 14, 2002 | June Jordan Caribbean-American poet, essayist, and activist.
June 18, 2010 | José Saramago Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature.
June 19, 1937 | Sir J.M Barrie
Author of Peter Pan.
June 26, 1939 | Ford Maddox Ford
Remembered for his novels 'The Good Soldier' and "Parade's End' series. An editor whose journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature.
June 29, 1861 | Elizabeth Browning
One of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era, popular in Britain and the United States during her lifetime.
June 30, 1973 | Nancy Mittford
English novelist, biographer and journalist. One of the renowned Mitford sisters and one of the "Bright Young People" on the London social scene in the inter-war years.
June 1, 1917 | Publication of J. Alfred Prufrock
T.S. Eliot's famous work published for the first time in this month
16th June, 1904 | Bloomsday James Joyce
Bloomsday, the life of James Joyce is celebrated and the events of his novel Ulysses are relived
29th June, 1613 | The Globe Theatre burns down
June 26, 1997 | Harry Potter Publication
20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone