Posted on March 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of March 8, 2020.

Douglas Adams (March 11, 1952): Adams is best known for his five-part series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a radio show and, post-publication, was also adapted for TV, theater, film, and a computer program.

Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922): Kerouac, author of On the Road (as well as poetry and other novels, like The Dharma Bums), helped launch the Beat movement.

Edward Albee (March 12, 1928): Albee came to fame with the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but among his many other works are three Pulitzer Prize winners: A Delicate Balance, Three Tall Women, and Seascape.

Tom Clancy (March 12, 1947): Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October, was his breakthrough novel, launching a long career full of bestsellers such as Patriot Games and The Sum of All Fears.

L. Ron Hubbard (March 13, 1911): In addition to creating the Church of Scientology, Hubbard wrote the bestsellers Battlefield Earth, Fear, Final Blackout, and the ten-volume Mission Earth series. 

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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