Posted on April 30, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of April 30, 2023.

Annie Dillard (April 30, 1945). Dillard won both a Pulitzer Prize (for her essay collection Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) and a National Humanities Medal.

Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923). Heller’s novel Catch-22 actually spawned the phrase we use today to describe a no-win situation, rather than the other way around.

Benjamin Spock (May 2, 1903). Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, as the go-to manual for child-rearing during the baby boom, was blamed for the Vietnam War protests and counterculture revolution of the 1960s.

Niccolò Machiavelli (May 3, 1469). Machiavelli wrote his best-known work, The Prince, in 1513, but it wasn’t published until 1532, five years after his death.

Karl Marx (May 5, 1818): Only the first volume of Das Kapital, the “Bible of the working class,” was finished and published in Marx’s lifetime; the second and third volumes were edited and published by Friedrich Engels, his co-author of “The Communist Manifesto.”

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