Literary Birthdays

September 1 – Tarzan of the Apes  creator Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was born in Chicago. Before becoming a novelist, he was as correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

September 15 – American novelist, historian and social critic, James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was born in Burlington, New Jersey. Best known for  The Last of the Mohicans.

September 15 – British mystery author Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was born in Torquay, England. She wrote nearly a hundred books including mysteries, dramas, poetry and nonfiction.

September 19 – British author William Golding (1911-1993) was born in Cornwall, England. Best known for Lord of the Flies, he received a Nobel Prize in 1983.

September 24 – American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota (as Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald). Best known for This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, and Tender is the Night.

September 25 – American writer William Faulkner (1897-1962) was born in New Albany, Mississippi. Best known for The Sound and the Fury and The Reivers.

September 26 – Writer T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1937) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He rejected conventional verse and language in favor of free expression.

September 30 – American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (as Truman Streckfus Persons). He took the last name of his stepfather, becoming Truman Capote. Best known for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood.

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