Novelists and story writers
Miguel de Cervantes, Prosper Merimee, Elizabeth Gaskell, Alain-Fournier, Thomas Wolfe, Graham Greene, Louis Auchincloss, Josef Skvorecky, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Elie Wiesel, Jurek Becker, Carol Lynn Pearson, Tim O’Brien, Bernard Cooper, Irvine Welsh, Ben Greenman, Cecelia Ahern
Poets: Wallace Stevens, William Empson, W. S. Merwin, Kay Ryan Playwrights: Steve Tesich
Thinkers: Confucius, Miguel de Unamuno Believers: Al Sharpton Scientists: Albert Ellis, James Herriot, Mihalyi Csikszenthmihalyi, Barron Lerner Historians: George Bancroft, Louis Arragon, Daniel Boorstin
Humorists: Groucho Marx Essayists: Alvin Toffler, Rex Reed, Molly Haskell, Michael Medved Editors: Louis Untermyer Journalists: Sandy Gall, Dick Schaap Officials: Jimmy Carter Media and Others: J. B. Rhine
Mystery: Colin Dexter Crime: Jim Thompson
Fantasy: Jack Finney, S. M. Stirling Horror: William Beckford
Westerns: Ernest Haycox
Photographers: Annie Liebovitz Cartoonists: Thomas Nast, Al Capp, Harvey Kurtzman
Children’s: Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, Stan Berenstain, Bernard Waber, John Hegley
Events to read about this week:
Then check out a once banned book to see what some people want others to miss.
Essayist, lexicographer, columnist William Safire (79)
Again there are no winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature among those born this week but there are two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Who are they?
The term Gothic Fiction comes from literature that emerged at the same time as the Gothic Revival in architecture, the later eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth. Reacting against the realism and scientism of the Age of Reason, two threads of emotion developed. While the Romantics took their anti-materialism toward celebration of the beautiful in art and spirit, more often tragic than merely satisfying, the Gothic Revivalists found beauty in the feelings of horror and romantic terror. They set their stories in the crumbling ruins of old castles and estates that had been built at the time of the Goth peoples in England and Europe. Beginning with Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, the elements were haunting terrors, and romantic suspense. Even Bryron, a romantic poet, tried his hand at it.