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May Literary Anniversaries

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on May 3, 2017

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Births


May 1, 1901 | Sterling Brown
Professor, folklorist, poet and literary critic


May 1, 1923 | Joseph Heller
Author of Catch-22


May 4, 1928 | Thomas Kinsella
Irish poet, translator, editor, and publisher


May 5, 1864 | Nellie Bly
American Journalist and Explorer


May 7, 1861 | Rabindranath Tagore
Polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music


May 8, 1940 | Peter Benchley
Author of Jaws


May 8, 1895 | Edmund Wilson
American writer and critic who notably explored Freudian and Marxist themes


May 9, 1920 | Richard Adam
Author of Watership Down


May 9, 1860 | J.M. Barrie
Author of Peter Pan


May 9, 1897 | Rudolph Fisher
African-American physician, radiologist, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, musician, and orator


May 12, 1812 | Edward Lear
English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry


May 13, 1907 | Daphne Du Maurier
Author of Rebecca and The Birds


May 15, 1856 | Frank L. Baum
Author of The Wizard of Oz


May 15, 1891 | Mikhail Bulgakov
Author of The Master and the Margarita


May 16, 1929 | Robert Browning
English poet and playwright


May 16, 1929 | Adrienne Rich
American poet, essayist and radical feminist


May 20, 1882 | Sigrid Undset
Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928


May 20, 1799 | Honoré de Balzac
French novelist and playwright


May 21, 1688 | Alexander Pope
18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer


May 22, 1859 | Arthur Conan Doyle
Creator of Sherlock Holmes


May 25, 1803 | Ralph Waldo Emerson

American Poet


May 28, 1908 | Ian Flemming
Creator of James Bond


May 28, 1912 | Patrick White
Australian writer who is widely regarded as one of the most important English-language novelists of the 20th century


May 29, 1906 | T. H. White
Author of The Once and Future King


May 29, 1874 | G. K. Chesterton
English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, author of the Father Brown stories


Deaths


May 6, 1919 | Frank L. Baum
Author of The Wizard of Oz


May 8, 1988 | Robert Heinlein
American science fiction author


May 8, 2012 | Maurice Sendak
Author of Where the Wild Things Are


May 10, 2010 | Frank Franzetta
American fantasy and science fiction writer


May 11, 2001 | Douglas Adams
Author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


May 13, 2001 | R. K. Narayan
Indian writer, he was known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was a leading author of early Indian literature in English


May 14, 1925 | H. Rider Haggard
English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary genre


May 15, 1886 | Emily Dickinson
American poet


May 16, 1703 | Charles Perrault
French collector of fairy tales


May 16, 1818 | Matthew Lewis
Author of The Monk


May 16, 1990 | Jim Henson
Creator of the Muppets 


May 19, 1864 | Nathaniel Hawthorne
Author of A Scarlet Letter


May 19, 1971 | Ogden Nash
American poet well known for his light verse


May 19, 1987 | Alice Bradley Sheldon
American science fiction author better known as James Tiptree Jr. 


May 20, 2002 | Stephen Jay Gould
One of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation


May 20, 1956 | Max Beerholm
English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist. He first became known in the 1890s as a dandy and a humorist. 


May 21, 1903 | Manly Wade Wellman

Science fiction and fantasy stories appeared in such pulps as Astounding Stories, Startling Stories, Unknown and Strange Stories 


May 22, 1967 | Langston Hughes
Harlem Renaissance writer


May 22, 1885 | Victor Hugo
Author of Les Miserables 


May 23, 1906 | Henrik Ibsen
A major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" 


May 24, 2015 | Tanith Lee
British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy 


May 28, 1849 | Anne Brontë
Author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 


May 28, 2014 | Maya Angelou
American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist 


May 30, 1744 | Alexander Pope
18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer 


May 30, 1593 | Christopher Marlow
Christopher Marlow killed in a bar brawl 


May 30, 1960 | Boris Pasternak
Author of Dr Zhivago 


May 30, 1744 | Alexander Pope
18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer

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