Posted on 02/28/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of February 28, 2021.
Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914): Ellison’s first novel — and the only one published during his lifetime — was Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award.
Tom Wolfe (March 2, 1931): Wolfe’s essay collection The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby helped launch the New Journalism movement, while The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test became a counterculture classic; he also wrote novels including The Bonfire of the Vanities.
John Irving (March 2, 1942): Irving is best known for The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The Cider House Rules; the latter two also became movies.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6, 1806): Browning was the most celebrated female poet of her time; her most enduring poetic legacy is the sonnet “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
Gabriel García Márquez (March 6, 1928): Marquez is considered among the best writers of the twentieth century; among his most acclaimed works are One Hundred Years of Solitude (which contributed to his Nobel Prize win) and Love in the Time of Cholera.