Posted on 11/17/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of November 17, 2019.

Margaret Atwood (November 18, 1939): Atwood has twice won the Booker Prize, for The Blind Assassin and The Testaments (the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale) and has also received the PEN Pinter Prize for her lifetime of work.

Sharon Olds (November 19, 1942): Olds’s poetry collection The Dead and the Living won the National Book Critics Circle Award and is among the bestselling contemporary poetry volumes.

Nadine Gordimer (November 20, 1923): Gordimer, best known for her novels Burger’s Daughter and The Conservationist, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

Don Delillo (November 20, 1936): Considered one of the greatest living American novelists, Delillo’s most famous works include White Noise, Libra, and Underworld.

George Eliot (November 22, 1819): Eliot is best known for Silas Marner and Middlemarch, the latter of which is emblematic of the novel’s transition from entertainment to art form.

André Gide (November 22, 1869): Gide’s lifetime of work, including Fruits of the Earth, The Immoralist, and Marshlands, earned him a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Shel Silverstein (November 23, 1932): Silverstein was acclaimed for his poetry collections, such as A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends, that included a realistic view of the world for kids, as well as his prose works like The Giving Tree.

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

Tagged As: History, Just for fun

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