Posted on March 13, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of March 13, 2022.
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.
Alice Hoffman (March 16, 1952): Hoffman has written more than thirty works of fiction, including Practical Magic (which also became a movie), The Dovekeepers (adapted into a miniseries), and Here on Earth.
Wilfred Owen (March 18, 1893): Owen received posthumous fame for the poems he wrote while fighting in World War I, including “Dulce et Decorum Est,” “The Sentry,” and “To A Friend (With an Identity Disc).”
John Updike (March 18, 1932): Updike is best known for Rabbit, Run — which led to two Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, the follow-ups Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest — and The Witches of Eastwick.
Irving Wallace (March 19, 1916): Wallace began his career as a screenwriter and went on to write thirty books, including the novels The Chapman Report, The Prize, and The Nympho and Other Maniacs.
Philip Roth (March 19, 1933): Portnoy’s Complaint established Roth’s career; he went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral and three PEN/Faulkner Awards (for Operation Shylock, The Human Stain, and Everyman).