I was perusing the Internet and came across a page that listed literary birthdays. How cool is that? All right, for anything other that writers it probably isn’t that interesting, but did you know that there are a lot of famous writers with birthdays in November? Seriously!
Just to name a few. Let me start with those whose books we probably read as children:
Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish author of Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As my quote in my high school graduation yearbook, I used one of his poems from “A children’s garden of verses.”
Swedish children’s writer Astrid Lindgren. If she doesn’t sound familiar, don’t worry, I’m sure you might be more familiar with her creation – Pippi Longstocking.
Frances Hodgson Burnett is probably most well known as the writer of The Secret Garden but I think most of us today were might have been introduced to this classic through the many television and film versions.
The same could probably be said of English poet; and satirist Jonathan Swift and his classic Gulliver’s Travels which definitely has some unchildlike ideas.
And of course I have to mention Louisa May Alcott writer of Little Women and Little Men.
Rita Mae Brown - Sneaky Pie Mysteries
Then there are the famous November genre writers –
Mystery writer Rita Mae Brown
, author of Rubyfruit Jungle and the Sneaky Pie mysteries. I have to say that I totally dug the idea of a cat solving mysteries.
For Horror, November is also the birthday month of Bram Stoker, creator of perhaps the most iconic vampire of all, Dracula.
Of course I have a couple of cross-over writers who, depending who is mentioning them are either listed as Christian writers or Fantasy and Science Fiction writers such as NYC-born Madeleine L’Engle (1918), novelist, and author of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ who we sadly lost this year.
And of course, C. S. Lewis, the writer of the Narnia series. I just recently got to see the new movie version of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and although I enjoyed it, I still love the rich characters and worldbuilding in Lewis’ books better.
Whew! And there are even more – Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind; Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky; Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, Pulitzer Prize winner, Marianne Moore, Margaret Atwood, Nigerian writer Albert Achebe whose first novel was Things Fall Apart, David Mamet, the Chicago-born playwright and screenwriter of Glengarry Glen Ross fame and of course, Mark Twain, perhaps my most favourite writer of all time.
Young Mark Twain
I hadn’t quite intended to have such a large list, but let me tell you, the original count was much higher. Seeing all of these writer’s whose work I loved and still love makes me want to go back and read them again. Remind myself what was so great about those works. After all, what better way to learn than from the best. Of course, this also makes me wish I was born in November.