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

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

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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 October.

October 1
Faith Baldwin (1893)
Daniel Boorstin (1914)

October 2
Wallace Stevens (1879)
Graham Greene (1904)

October 3
Thomas Wolfe (1900)
James Herriot (1916)
Gore Vidal (1925)

October 4
Damon Runyon (1880)
Jackie Collins (1937)
Anne Rice (1941)

October 5
Václav Havel (1936)
Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958)

October 6
Caroline Gordon (1895)

October 7
Amiri Baraka (1934)
Thomas Keneally (1935)
Dan Savage (1964)

October 8
Frank Herbert (1920)
R.L. Stine (1943)

October 9
Jill Ker Conway (1934)

October 10
Harold Pinter (1930)

October 11
Elmore Leonard (1925)

October 12
Ann Petry (1908)
Alice Childress (1920)
Robert Coles (1929)

October 13
Conrad Richter (1890)
Arna Bontemps (1902)
Frank D. Gilroy (1925)

October 14
Katherine Mansfield (1888)
e.e. Cummings (1894)

October 15
Virgil (70 B.C.)
P.G. Wodehouse (1881)
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917)
Italo Calvino (1923)
Roxane Gay (1974)

October 16
Noah Webster (1758)
Oscar Wilde (1854)
Eugene O’Neill (1888)
Günter Grass (1927)

October 17
Nathanael West (1903)
Arthur Miller (1915)

October 18
Wendy Wasserstein (1950)
Terry McMillan (1951)

October 19
Leigh Hunt (1784)
John le Carré (1931)

October 20
Thomas Hughes (1822)
Arthur Rimbaud (1854)
Art Buchwald (1925)
Robert Pinsky (1940)

October 21
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772)
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929)
Carrie Fisher (1956)

October 22
Doris Lessing (1919)

October 23
Michael Crichton (1942)
Laurie Halse Anderson (1961)
Augusten Burroughs (1965)

October 24
Denise Levertov (1923)

October 25
John Berryman (1914)
Anne Tyler (1941)
Zadie Smith (1975)

October 26
Beryl Markham (1902)
Pat Conroy (1945)

October 27
Dylan Thomas (1914)
Sylvia Plath (1932)
Fran Lebowitz (1950)

October 28
Evelyn Waugh (1903)

October 29
James Boswell (1740)
Lee Child (1954)

October 30
Ezra Pound (1885)

October 31
John Keats (1795)
Dick Francis (1920)

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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