Alexandre Dumas pere, E. F. Benson, Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, A.J. Cronin, Ernest Hemingway, Herbert Selby, Jr., Thomas Berger, Cormac McCarthy, John Gardner, Tom Robbins, Banana Yoshimoto
Poets: Petrarch, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Robert Graves, Stephen Vincent Benet, Hart Crane Playwrights: William Gillette, Frank Wedekind, John Leguizamo
Thinkers, Believers, Scientists, Historians, Biographers
Thinkers: Herbert Marcuse, Eric Hoffer, Marshall McLuhan Believers: Oswald Chambers Scientists: Karl Menninger Historians: Richard B. Morris, Nicholas Bethell
Humorists, Essayists, Editors, Journalists, Officials, Media and Others
Journalists: Amy Vanderbilt, Nicholas Gage, Serge Trifkovic, Thomas L. Friedman, Don Van Natta Officials: Bella Abzug, George McGovern Media and other: Zelda Fitzgerald, Orson Bean, Diana Rigg
Mystery / Crime / Suspense Writers
Crime: Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly Suspense: John D. MacDonald
Fantasy / Science Fiction Writers
Fantasy: Lord Dunsany Science Fiction: C. M. Kornbluth, Gardner Dozois
Illustrators: Maxfield Parrish Cartoonists: Pat Oliphant, Gerry Trudeau, Colleen Doran
Young People’s Writers
Children’s: Maria Gripe Teens: S. E. Hinton
Events to read about this week:
A week of civil and criminal disobedience finds women acting up finally at Seneca Falls while a century later a woman flies around the world and another runs for Vice President, Henry David Thoreau refuses to support a war against another country and yet war within this country starts fifteen years later, the Riot Act is passed to prevent disturbances and two centuries later John Dillinger is shot down to end his criminal career and an Italian dictator falls. Gregor Mendel gives birth to the study of genetics and a century later babies are born out of test tubes; some people with genetic talent reach heights of fame in art, acting, and sport.
It’s a big week for hardboiled writers but you can't always tell it by what they say or write. Which quotes are from mystery writers born this week and which are from others:
"It’s hard enough writing books without having to explain them."
"In the long run, however little you talk or even think about it, the most durable thing in writing is style ..."
"Clear prose indicates the absence of thought."
Answer to Last Week’s Questions:
In addition to last week’s literary lights there are some library lights:
Barge Type Books – Not only is the print bigger but the story jumps out at you