Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Literary Birthdays

November is full of author birthdays! Here is a list of some authors who are celebrating their birthdays this month:

Albert Camus (November 7, 1913 – 4 January 4, 1960) was a French Nobel Prize winning author, existentialist essayist, journalist, and philosopher. He is well-known for novels L'Etranger (The Stranger) and La Peste (The Plague).

Abraham “Bram” Stoker (November 8, 1847- April 20, 1912) was an Irish theater critic and author of the Gothic horror novel Dracula. His novel Dracula "crystallized most aspects of the traditional vampire legend". Stoker wrote a number of stories and novels of fantasy and horror.

Neil Richard Gaiman, born November 10, 1960, is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. "Neil Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics." Sandman became the first comic ever to receive a literary award. Gaiman is the author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods as well as short stories Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922- April 11, 2007) was an American writer. His novels include The Sirens of Titan, Cat’s Cradle, and Slaughterhouse-Five, which draw on his World War II experience. "Vonnegut's experience as a soldier and prisoner of war had a profound influence on his work. Kurt Vonnegut was known for his humanist beliefs.”

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821 – February 9 1881) was a Russian author whose psychological and philosophical novels include Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. Notes from the Underground established him as one of the founders of existentialism. "Dostoyevsky's son, Alyosha, died young, inspiring a saintly character by the same name in his final and most famous novel “The Brothers Karamazov”.

Chinua Achebe (November 16, 1930 - March 21, 2013) was a Nigerian novelist and author of Things Fall Apart, a work that in part led to his being called the "patriarch of the African novel."

Margaret Eleanor Atwood, born November 18, 1939, is a Canadian novelist, short-story writer, and poet. "Her novels, which often treat feminist themes with wit and irony, include The Edible Woman, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale, and Cat's Eye. Margaret Atwood has also published fifteen books of poetry. Many of her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales."

George Eliot, aka Mary Anne Evans (November 22, 1819 - December 22, 1880) was an English novelist. She adopted her pseudonym when she published Amos Barton, a short story eventually collected in Scenes of Clerical Life. Her novels include The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, and Middlemarch.

Dear Readers, select an author and a book and enjoy a great read!

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