Posted on September 29, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of September 29, 2019.

Miguel de Cervantes (September 29, 1547): Cervantes was a writer, playwright, and poet; his best-known and most influential work, Don Quixote, has been translated into sixty languages and inspired the word “quixotic.”

Truman Capote (September 30, 1924): Capote’s most popular works, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, both inspired movies of the same name.

Elie Wiesel (September 30, 1928): Wiesel’s Night, a spiritual memoir about surviving Auschwitz, is often considered the most powerful piece of Holocaust literature.

Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879): Stevens received both a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens; among his best-known poems is “The Idea of Order in Key West.”  

Graham Greene (October 2, 1904): Thanks to Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, and many others, Greene was one of the most widely read British novelists of the twentieth century.

Thomas Wolfe (October 3, 1900): Wolfe had intended to become a playwright, but his semiautobiographical novel Look Homeward, Angel set him firmly on the noveling path.

Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925): One of Vidal’s early novels, The City and the Pillar, shocked readers and critics with its homosexual main character; he later returned to their good graces with his Narratives of Empire novels about American history.

Anne Rice (October 4, 1941): Rice has written more than thirty novels, most famously Interview with the Vampire, now one of the bestselling novels of all time.

Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703): Edwards helped launch the religious revival known as the Great Awakening, and his works, including Freedom of Will, have continued to influence religious scholars for centuries.

Clive Barker (October 5, 1952): Barker is among the leading modern-day horror writers, thanks in large part to The Books of Blood, Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament, and Galilee.

Birthdays sourced from Calendar of Literary Facts; biographical information sourced from Encyclopedia Britannica, the Poetry Foundation, and author websites. Did we miss someone? Email and let us know!

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