Posted on October 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of October 20, 2019.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772): Famous for his poems "Kubla Khan” and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria is also his era’s most significant work of general literary criticism.

Ursula K. Le Guin (October 21, 1929): Le Guin was a pioneer in sci-fi and fantasy, winning the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards multiple times; her best-known novels include the Earthsea series and The Left Hand of Darkness.

Doris Lessing (October 22, 1919): Lessing, best known for The Golden Notebook and her Children of Violence series, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007.

Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942): Crichton has sold over 200 million books, propelled by such hits as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park (yes, the basis for the movie).

Anne Tyler (October 25, 1941): Tyler’s most popular novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and Breathing Lessons, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.

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

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I had to go back to find this as I missed it during my birthday week. I share a birthday with Anne Tyler!
Judy | 11/4/19 at 9:31 AM
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