Posted on March 12, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of March 12, 2023.

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.

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.

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