Posted on November 19, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Here are the literary birthdays to celebrate over the week of November 19, 2023.
Sharon Olds (November 19, 1942): Olds’s poetry collection The Dead and the Living won the National Book Critics Circle Award and is among the bestselling contemporary poetry volumes.
Nadine Gordimer (November 20, 1923): Gordimer, best known for her novels Burger’s Daughter and The Conservationist, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.
Don DeLillo (November 20, 1936): Considered one of the greatest living American novelists, DeLillo’s most famous works include White Noise, Libra, and Underworld.
George Eliot (November 22, 1819): Eliot is best known for Silas Marner and Middlemarch, the latter of which is emblematic of the novel’s transition from entertainment to art form.
André Gide (November 22, 1869): Gide’s lifetime of work, including Fruits of the Earth, The Immoralist, and Marshlands, earned him a Nobel Prize for Literature.
William F. Buckley Jr. (November 24, 1925): Buckley founded the conservative magazine National Review, but he also wrote nonfiction such as God and Man at Yale and a series of spy novels.
Arundati Roy (November 24, 1961): Roy won the Booker Prize for The God of Small Things, which has been translated into more than forty languages, and was longlisted for the same award for The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
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