Posted on October 22, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of October 22, 2023. 

Doris Lessing (October 22, 1919): Lessing, best known for The Golden Notebook and her Children of Violence series, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007.

Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942): Crichton has sold over 200 million books, propelled by such hits as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park (yes, the basis for the movie).

Anne Tyler (October 25, 1941): Tyler’s most popular novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and Breathing Lessons, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.

Zadie Smith (October 25, 1975): White Teeth and On Beauty are two of Smith’s most acclaimed and recognizable novels. 

Dylan Thomas (October 27, 1914): Thomas, whose most celebrated poems include “Poem in October,” “The Hunchback in the Park,” and “Fern Hill,” is considered to be one of the greatest Welsh poets of all time.

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932): Plath’s talent in both poetry (“Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”) and prose (The Bell Jar) were evident from her earliest days; she sold her first poem and short story while still in high school.

Evelyn Waugh (October 28, 1903): Waugh’s best-known novel, Brideshead Revisited, is an earnest family drama, though he’s considered the best satirical novelist of his era.

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