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Literary Anniversaries: Authors Who Were Born or Died in September

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on August 29, 2017

Below is a list of authors who were born or died in the month of September. For a list of the literary festivals and book fairs in September 2017, click here.


Sep 8, 1886 | Siegfried Sassoon
English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front.

Sep 11, 1862 | O. Henry
American short story writer. His stories are known for their surprise endings.

Sep 11, 1885 | D. H. Lawrence
English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter.

Sep 12, 1921 | Stanisław Lem
Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy, and satire, and a trained physician.

Sep 13, 1916 | Roald Dahl
Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Sep 15, 1890 | Agatha Christie
English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections.

Sep 17, 1883 | William Carlos Williams
Puerto Rican-American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism.

Sep 19, 1985 | Italo Calvino
Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. 

Sep 21, 1866 | H. G. Wells
Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is called a "father of science fiction", along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.

Sep 21, 1947 | Stephen King
American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies.

Sep 24, 1896 | F. Scott Fitzgerald
American novelist and short story writer, whose works illustrate the Jazz Age.

Read next: Will You Still Love Me? A Gin Rickey Salute to F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sep 25, 1897 | William Faulkner
American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays.

Sep 26, 1888 | T.S. Eliot
British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets."

Sep 29, 1547 | Miguel de Cervantes
Spanish writer, his major work, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern novel.

Sep 29, 1810 | Elizabeth Gaskell
English novelist and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society.


Sep 1, 1967 | Siegfried Sassoon
English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front.

Sep 2, 1973 | J. R. R. Tolkien
English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor best known for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

Read next: Gandalf the Blight: Is Middle-Earth's Bearded Charlatan Even Really a Wizard?

Sep 3, 1962 | E. E. Cummings
American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems.

Sep 6, 2007 | Madeleine L'Engle
American writer best known for young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time.

Sep 8, 1969 | Alexandra David-Néel
Belgian–French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist and writer. She is most known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet when it was forbidden to foreigners.

Sep 10, 1797 | Mary Wollstonecraft
English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)

21 Sep 19BC | Virgil
Ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He wrote three of the most famous poems in Latin literature, the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid.

Sep 23, 1241 | Snorri Sturluson
Icelandic poet, historian and politician. He was the author of The Prose Edda.

Sep 26, 1904 | Lafcadio Hearn
International writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories. 

Sep 28, 1891 | Herman Melville
American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Best known for Moby-Dick.

Sep 29, 1908 | Machado de Assis
Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and short story writer. Widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature.

Sep 30, 1987 | Alfred Bester
American science fiction author, best remembered for his science fiction, including The Demolished Man, winner of the inaugural Hugo Award in 1953.


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