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

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

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 May.

May 1
Joseph Heller (1923)
Bobbie Ann Mason (1940)

May 4
Thomas Kinsella (1928)
Graham Swift (1949)
David Guterson (1956)

May 5
Karl Marx (1818)
Nellie Bly (1864)
Leo Lionni (1910)

May 6
Randall Jarrell (1914)

May 7
Robert Browning (1812)
Archibald MacLeish (1892)

May 8
Edmund Wilson (1895)
Irene Hunt (1907)
Louise Meriwether (1923)
Thomas Pynchon (1937)

May 9
J.M. Barrie (1860)
Richard Adams (1920)
Mona Van Duyn (1921)
Charles Simic (1938)

May 10
Christopher Paul Curtis (1953)

May 11
Stanley Elkin (1930)

May 12
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828)
Farley Mowat (1921)

May 13
Daphne Du Maurier (1907)
Norma Klein (1938)
Armistead Maupin (1944)

May 14
Hal Borland (1900)

May 15
L. Frank Baum (1856)
Katherine Anne Porter (1890)
Mikhail Bulgakov (1891)
Norma Fox Mazer (1931)
Paul Zindel (1936)

May 16
Studs Terkel (1912)
Adrienne Rich (1929)
Bruce Coville (1950)

May 17
Gary Paulsen (1939)

May 18
Bertrand Russell (1872)
Diane Duane (1952)

May 19
Lorraine Hansberry (1930)
Nora Ephron (1941)

May 20
Honoré de Balzac (1799)
Mary Pope Osborne (1949)

May 21
Dante Alighieri (1265)
Alexander Pope (1688)
Harold Robbins (1916)
Robert Creeley (1926)

May 22
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)
Peter Matthiessen (1927)

May 23
Scott O’Dell (1898)
Margaret Wise Brown (1910)

May 24
William Trevor (1928)
Joseph Brodsky (1940)

May 25
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
Theodore Roethke (1908)
Robert Ludlum (1927)
Raymond Carver (1938)
Jamaica Kincaid (1949)

May 27
Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894)
Rachel Carson (1907)
Herman Wouk (1915)
Tony Hillerman (1925)
Marijane Meaker (1927)
John Barth (1930)

May 28
Ian Fleming (1908)
Walker Percy (1916)
May Swenson (1919)

May 29
Andrew Clements (1949)

May 30
Countee Cullen (1903)

May 31
Walt Whitman (1819)
Al Young (1939)

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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