Happy Birthday, Authors!: A Look at Writers Born in April

Happy Birthday, Authors!: A Look at Writers Born in April

Do you share a birthday with your favorite author? Here, we take a look at novelists, poets, journalists, and other writers born during the month of April.

April 1
Edmond Rostand (1868)
Augusta Baker (1911)
Samuel Ray Delany (1942)

April 2
Hans Christian Andersen (1805)
Émile Zola (1840)
Sue Townsend (1946)

April 3
George Herbert (1593)
Washington Irving (1783)
Jane Goodall (1934)

April 4
Robert Emmet Sherwood (1896)
Marguerite Duras (1914)
Maya Angelou (1928)

April 5
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837)
Booker T. Washington (1856)
Robert Bloch (1917)

April 7
William Wordsworth (1770)
Donald Barthelme (1931)

April 8
John Fante (1909)
Seymour Hersh (1937)
Barbara Kingsolver (1955)

April 9
Charles Baudelaire (1821)
Paule Marshall (1929)

April 10
William Hazlitt (1778)
Joseph Pulitzer (1847)
Paul Theroux (1941)

April 11
Glenway Wescott (1901)
Leo Rosten (1908)

April 12
Beverly Cleary (1916)
Tom Clancy (1947)
Scott Turow (1949)

April 13
Nella Larsen (1891)
Marguerite Henry (1902)
Samuel Beckett (1906)
Eudora Welty (1909)

April 14
James Branch Cabell (1879)
Arnold Toynbee (1889)

April 15
Henry James (1843)
Waverley Root (1903)

April 16
Anatole France (1844)
Gertrude Chandler Warner (1860)
John Millington Synge (1871)
Garth Williams (1912)
Kingsley Amis (1922)

April 17
Karen Blixen (1885)
Thornton Wilder (1897)
Cynthia Ozick (1928)

April 18
Richard Harding Davis (1864)

April 19
Etheridge Knight (1931)

April 21
Charlotte Brontë (1816)
Thomas McMahon (1943)
Kole Omotoso (1943)
Barbara Park (1947)

April 22
Henry Fielding (1707)
Ellen Glasgow (1874)
James Norman Hall (1887)
Vladimir Nabokov (1899)
Louise Glück (1943)
Paula Fox (1923)

April 23
William Shakespeare (1564)
Edwin Markham (1852)
J.P. Donleavy (1926)
Charles Johnson (1948)

April 24
Anthony Trollope (1815)
Robert Penn Warren (1905)
Sue Grafton (1940)

April 25
Padgett Powell (1952)

April 26
Marcus Aurelius (121 AD)
Bernard Malamud (1914)

April 27
Edward Gibbon (1737)
Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882)
Ludwig Bemelmans (1898)
August Wilson (1945)

April 28
Harper Lee (1926)
Lois Duncan (1934)
Terry Pratchett (1948)
Carolyn Forché (1950)

April 29
William Randolph Hearst (1863)
Yusef Komunyakaa (1947)

April 30
Alice B. Toklas (1877)
Annie Dillard (1945)

Know of an author who should be on this list? Leave a comment and let us know!

Myfanwy Collins
Myfanwy Collins is a Massachusetts-based mother, writer, and reader. She has an MA in English Literature and has published two novels and a collection of short stories. As a young writer, her mentor told her that in order to be the best writer, she needed to first be the best reader. She continues to pursue her best-reader merit badge. Her current reading obsessions are the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan Novels.

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