Posted on July 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of July 21, 2019.
Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899): Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize in literature for The Old Man and the Sea and is also critically praised for For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, and The Sun Also Rises.
Raymond Chandler (July 23, 1888): Two of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe detective novels became film noir classics: Farewell, My Lovely (distributed as Murder, My Sweet) and The Big Sleep.
Alexandre Dumas père (July 24, 1802): Dumas was a popular dramatist before he became famous — in his time and in the long term — for The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.
George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856): Shaw refused to accept the Nobel Prize in literature that he received for his play Saint Joan; however, he had no such qualms about his Academy Award for the screenplay of his play Pygmalion (which, upon its next film adaptation, became My Fair Lady).
Birthdays sourced from Calendar of Literary Facts; biographical information sourced from Encyclopedia Britannica. Did we miss someone? Email and let us know.
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