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

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

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 January.

January 1
E.M. Forster (1879)
J.D. Salinger (1919)

January 2
Isaac Asimov (1920)
William Scott (1940)

January 3
Cicero (106 BC)
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892)

January 4
Jacob Grimm (1785)
Max Eastman (1883)

January 5
W. D. Snodgrass (1926)
Umberto Eco (1932)

January 6
Carl Sandburg (1878)
Khalil Gibran (1883)
Alan Watts (1915)
E.L. Doctorow (1931)

January 7
Zora Neale Hurston (1903)
Gerald Malcolm Durrell (1925)

January 8
Wilkie Collins (1824)
Stephen Hawking (1942)

January 9
Henry B. Fuller (1857)
Simone de Beauvoir (1908)

January 10
Philip Levine (1928)
Jared Carter (1939)

January 11
Alan Paton (1903)
Manfred B. Lee (1905)

January 12
Edmund Burke (1729)
Jack London (1876)
Haruki Murakami (1949)
Walter Mosley (1952)

January 13
Horatio Alger Jr (1832)
Carolyn Heilbrun (1926)
Jay McInerney (1955)

January 14
John dos Passos (1896)
Tillie Olsen (1913)
Mary Robison (1949)

January 15
Molière (1622)
Osip Mandelstam (1891)
Ernest J. Gaines (1933)
Frank Conroy (1936)

January 16
Robert Service (1874)
Susan Sontag (1933)
Inger Christensen (1935)

January 17
Benjamin Franklin (1706)
Anne Brontë (1820)
William Stafford (1914)

January 18
A.A. Milne (1882)

January 19
Edgar Allan Poe (1809)
Alexander Woollcott (1887)
Patricia Highsmith (1921)
Julian Barnes (1946)

January 20
Joy Adamson (1910)
Sawako Ariyoshi (1931)

January 22
Sir Francis Bacon (1561)
August Strindberg (1849)
Joseph Wambaugh (1937)

January 23
Stendhal (1783)
Derek Walcott (1930)

January 24
William Congreve (1670)
Edith Wharton (1862)

January 25
Robert Burns (1759)
W. Somerset Maugham (1874)
Virginia Woolf (1882)
Gloria Naylor (1950)

January 26
Angela Davis (1944)

January 27
Lewis Carroll (1832)
Mordecai Richler (1931)

January 28
Colette (1873)
Valentin Katayev (1897)
David Lodge (1935)

January 29
Thomas Paine (1737)
Anton Chekhov (1860)
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1867)
Edward Abbey (1927)

January 30
Barbara Tuchman (1912)
Shirley Hazzard (1931)
Richard Brautigan (1935)
Michael Dorris (1945)

January 31
Zane Grey (1872)
John O’Hara (1905)
Norman Mailer (1923)
Kenzaburō Ōe (1935)

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

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