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
Robert Nathan (1894)
John Hope Franklin (1915)
Isaac Asimov (1920)
Leonard Michaels (1933)
William Scott (1940)

January 3
Cicero (106 BC)
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892)
Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (1893)

January 4
Jacob Grimm (1785)
Marsden Hartley (1877)
A. E. Coppard (1878)
Max Eastman (1883)
C. L. R. James (1901)

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

January 6
Carl Sandburg (1878)
Khalil Gibran (1883)
John Holmes (1904)
Wright Morris (1910)
Alan Watts (1915)
E.L. Doctorow (1931)

January 7
Zora Neale Hurston (1903)
Gerald Malcolm Durrell (1925)
William Peter Blatty (1928)

January 8
Francisco González Bocanegra (1824)
Wilkie Collins (1824)
Storm Jameson (1891)
Dennis Yates Wheatley (1897)
Stephen Hawking (1942)
Terence Dean ‘Terry’ Brooks (1944)

January 9
Thomas Warton (1728)
Henry B. Fuller (1857)
Simone de Beauvoir (1908)

January 10
Tokutaro Ozaki (1867)
Robinson Jeffers (1887)
Philip Levine (1928)
Jared Carter (1939)

January 11
Alice Caldwell Hegan Rice (1870)
Alan Paton (1903)
Helen Howe (1905)
Manfred B. Lee (1905)

January 12
Charles Perrault (1628)
Edmund Burke (1729)
Jack London (1876)
Margaret Esse Danner (1915)
Haruki Murakami (1949)
Walter Mosley (1952)

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

January 14
Thornton Waldo Burgess (1874)
Hugh Lofting (1886)
John dos Passos (1896)
Tillie Olsen (1913)
John Oliver Killens (1916)
Yukio Mishima (1925)
Thomas Tryon (1926)
Mary Robison (1949)

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

January 16
Robert W. Service (1874)
Anthony Evan Hecht (1923)
Susan Sontag (1933)
Inger Christensen (1935)

January 17
Benjamin Franklin (1706)
Charles Brockden Brown (1771)
Anne Brontë (1820)
William Stafford (1914)

January 18
Peter Mark Roget (1779)
Austin Dobson (1840)
Rubén Darío (1867)
A.A. Milne (1882)
Jorge Guillén (1893)
William Sansom (1912)

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

January 20
Richard Le Gallienne (1866)
Johannes V. Jensen (1873)
Abram Hill (1910)
Joy Adamson (1910)
Sawako Ariyoshi (1931)

January 21
Richard P. Blackmur (1904)

January 22
Sir Francis Bacon (1561)
August Strindberg (1849)
Howard Moss (1922)
Joseph Wambaugh (1937)

January 23
Stendhal (1783)
Louis Zukofsky (1904)
Derek Walcott (1930)

January 24
William Congreve (1670)
Edith Wharton (1862)
Desmond Morris (1928)

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

January 26
Mary Mapes Dodge (1831)
Jules Feiffer (1929)
Angela Davis (1944)

January 27
Lewis Carroll (1832)
Mordecai Richler (1931)
D. M. Thomas (1935)
Julius Lester (1939)

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

January 29
Thomas Paine (1737)
Anton Chekhov (1860)
Romain Rolland (1866)
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1867)
Edward Abbey (1927)

January 30
Walter S. Landor (1775)
Gelett Burgess (1866)
Saul David Alinsky (1909)
Barbara Tuchman (1912)
Shirley Hazzard (1931)
Richard Brautigan (1935)
Michael Dorris (1945)

January 31
Zane Grey (1872)
John O’Hara (1905)
Thomas Merton (1915)
Norman Mailer (1923)
Kenzaburō Ōe (1935)

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