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

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

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 July.

July 1
George Sand (1804)
William Strunk (1869)
James M. Cain (1892)

July 2
Hermann Hesse (1877)
Wislawa Szymborska (1923)

July 3
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860)
Franz Kafka (1883)
M.F.K. Fisher (1908)
Tom Stoppard (1937)

July 4
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804)
Lionel Trilling (1905)
Neil Simon (1927)

July 5
Jean Cocteau (1889)
Naomi Long Madgett (1923)

July 6
Verner von Heidenstam (1859)

July 7
Robert Heinlein (1907)

July 8
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross (1926)
Anna Quindlen (1952)

July 9
Ann Radcliffe (1764)
Oliver Sacks (1933)
June Jordan (1936)

July 10
Marcel Proust (1871)
Alice Munro (1931)
Jean Kerr (1922)

July 11
Susan Bogert Warner (1819)
E.B. White (1899)
Harold Bloom (1930)
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1938)

July 12
Henry David Thoreau (1817)
Pablo Neruda (1904)
Donald Westlake (1933)

July 13
Isaac Babel (1894)
Wole Soyinka (1934)

July 14
Irving Stone (1903)

July 15
Clement Clarke Moore (1779)
Iris Murdoch (1919)

July 16
Anita Brookner (1928)
Reinaldo Arenas (1943)

July 17
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889)
Christiane Rochefort (1917)

July 18
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)
Nathalie Sarraute (1900)
Jessamyn West (1902)
Hunter S. Thompson (1937)

July 19
Alice Moore Dunbar Nelson (1875)
A.J. Cronin (1896)
Stephen Coonts (1946)
Jayne Anne Phillips (1952)

July 20
Cormac McCarthy (1933)
Henry L. Dumas (1934)

July 21
Ernest Hemingway (1899)
Marshall McLuhan (1911)
John Gardner (1933)
Tess Gallagher (1943)

July 22
Emma Lazarus (1849)
David Shields (1956)

July 23
Raymond Chandler (1888)
John Nichols (1940)

July 24
Alexandre Dumas (1802)
Zelda Fitzgerald (1900)
John D. MacDonald (1916)

July 25
Midge Decter (1927)
David Madden (1933)

July 26
George Bernard Shaw (1856)
Aldous Huxley (1894)
Lawrence Watt Evans (1954)

July 27
Hilaire Belloc (1870)
Elizabeth Hardwick (1916)

July 28
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844)
Beatrix Potter (1866)
Malcolm Lowry (1909)
John Ashbery (1927)
Shirley Ann Grau (1929)

July 29
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805)
Booth Tarkington (1869)
Stanley Kunitz (1905)
Chang-rae Lee (1965)

July 30
Emily Brontë (1818)
Archer Mayor (1950)

July 31
Brett Halliday (1904)
Primo Levi (1919)
Susan Cheever (1943)
Steven Womack (1952)
J.K. Rowling (1965)

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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