Author Birthdays for May

  • Wes Anderson  49
    Screenwriter
    Thursday, May 1st 1969
  • Yasmina Reza  59
    Novelist, Playwright
    Friday, May 1st 1959
  • Joel Rosenberg  64
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 1st 1954
  • Sergio Infante  71
    Poet
    Thursday, May 1st 1947
  • Bobbie Ann Mason  78
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 1st 1940
  • Jacques Languirand  87
    Playwright, Essayist, Novelist
    Friday, May 1st 1931
  • Terry Southern  94
    Screenwriter
    Thursday, May 1st 1924
  • Joseph Heller  95
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 1st 1923
  • Vladimir Colin  97
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 1st 1921
  • Wilfred Watson  107
    Poet, Playwright
    Monday, May 1st 1911
  • Yiannis Ritsos  109
    Poet
    Saturday, May 1st 1909
  • Giovannino Guareschi  110
    Journalist
    Friday, May 1st 1908
  • Sterling Allen Brown  117
    Poet
    Wednesday, May 1st 1901
  • Antal Szerb  117
    Non-Fiction
    Wednesday, May 1st 1901
  • Clément Pansaers  133
    Poet
    Friday, May 1st 1885
  • Harry Leon Wilson  151
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 1st 1867
  • Marcel Prévost  156
    Novelist, Playwright
    Thursday, May 1st 1862
  • Laza Lazarević  167
    Short Stories, Non-Fiction
    Thursday, May 1st 1851
  • Henry Demarest Lloyd  171
    Journalist
    Saturday, May 1st 1847
  • Guido Gezelle  188
    Poet
    Saturday, May 1st 1830
  • José de Alencar  189
    Novelist, Playwright
    Friday, May 1st 1829
  • James Clarence Mangan  215
    Poet
    Sunday, May 1st 1803
  • Joseph Addison  346
    Essayist, Poet, Playwright
    Sunday, May 1st 1672
  • Jean de Joinville  794
    Biographer
    Wednesday, May 1st 1224
  • Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck  45
    Screenwriter
    Wednesday, May 2nd 1973
  • Maury Allen  86
    Journalist, Columnist
    Monday, May 2nd 1932
  • Jamal Abro  94
    Short Stories
    Friday, May 2nd 1924
  • A. M. Rosenthal  96
    Columnist
    Tuesday, May 2nd 1922
  • Dr. Spock  115
    Non-Fiction
    Saturday, May 2nd 1903
  • E. E. Smith  128
    Novelist
    Friday, May 2nd 1890
  • Gottfried Benn  132
    Novelist, Poet, Essayist
    Sunday, May 2nd 1886
  • Hedda Hopper  133
    Columnist
    Saturday, May 2nd 1885
  • Jurgis Baltrušaitis  145
    Poet
    Friday, May 2nd 1873
  • Clyde Fitch  153
    Playwright
    Tuesday, May 2nd 1865
  • Theodor Herzl  158
    Journalist
    Wednesday, May 2nd 1860
  • Jerome K. Jerome  159
    Novelist
    Monday, May 2nd 1859
  • Novalis  246
    Novelist, Poet
    Saturday, May 2nd 1772
  • William Inge  105

    Saturday, May 3rd 1913
  • Norman Corwin  108

    Tuesday, May 3rd 1910
  • Niccolo Machiavelli  549

    Monday, May 3rd 1469
  • David Guterson  62

    Friday, May 4th 1956
  • Graham Swift  69

    Wednesday, May 4th 1949
  • Josh Weinstein  52
    Screenwriter
    Thursday, May 5th 1966
  • Scott Westerfeld  55
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 5th 1963
  • Michael Palin  75
    Screenwriter, Children’s Literature
    Wednesday, May 5th 1943
  • Ignacio Ramonet  75
    Journalist
    Wednesday, May 5th 1943
  • Ervin Lázár  82
    Children’s Literature
    Tuesday, May 5th 1936
  • Bernard Pivot  83
    Journalist
    Sunday, May 5th 1935
  • Douglas Marland  84
    Screenwriter
    Saturday, May 5th 1934
  • Greg  87
    Comic Book Writer
    Tuesday, May 5th 1931
  • Miklós Radnóti  109
    Poet
    Wednesday, May 5th 1909
  • Charles Exbrayat  112
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 5th 1906
  • James Beard  115
    Non-Fiction
    Tuesday, May 5th 1903
  • Christopher Morley  128
    Novelist, Poet, Essayist, Journalist
    Monday, May 5th 1890
  • Nellie Bly  154
    Journalist
    Thursday, May 5th 1864
  • Henryk Sienkiewicz  172
    Journalist, Novelist
    Tuesday, May 5th 1846
  • Soren Kierkegaard  205

    Wednesday, May 5th 1813
  • Jeffery Deaver  68

    Saturday, May 6th 1950
  • Randall Jarrell  104

    Wednesday, May 6th 1914
  • Gaston Leroux  150

    Wednesday, May 6th 1868
  • Sigmund Freud  162

    Tuesday, May 6th 1856
  • Elizabeth Drew Stoddard  195

    Tuesday, May 6th 1823
  • Peter Carey  75

    Friday, May 7th 1943
  • Angela Carter  78

    Tuesday, May 7th 1940
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala  91

    Saturday, May 7th 1927
  • Archibald MacLeish  126

    Saturday, May 7th 1892
  • Robert Browning  206

    Thursday, May 7th 1812
  • Pat Barker  75

    Saturday, May 8th 1943
  • Thomas Pynchon  81

    Saturday, May 8th 1937
  • Gary Snyder  88

    Thursday, May 8th 1930
  • Romain Gary  104

    Friday, May 8th 1914
  • Edmund Wilson  123

    Wednesday, May 8th 1895
  • Augusta Jane Evans  183
    Novelist
    Friday, May 8th 1835
  • Audrey Schulman  55

    Thursday, May 9th 1963
  • Alan Bennett  84

    Wednesday, May 9th 1934
  • Jose Ortega y Gasset  135

    Wednesday, May 9th 1883
  • J. M. Barrie  158

    Wednesday, May 9th 1860
  • John Scalzi  49
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 10th 1969
  • Jon Ronson  51
    Journalist
    Wednesday, May 10th 1967
  • Jonathan Roberts  62
    Screenwriter
    Thursday, May 10th 1956
  • John Diamond  65
    Journalist
    Sunday, May 10th 1953
  • Thomas Tessier  71
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 10th 1947
  • Caroline B. Cooney  71
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 10th 1947
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford  85
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 10th 1933
  • Ettore Scola  87
    Screenwriter
    Sunday, May 10th 1931
  • Antonine Maillet  89
    Novelist, Playwright
    Friday, May 10th 1929
  • Nayantara Sahgal  91
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 10th 1927
  • Monica Dickens  103
    Novelist
    Monday, May 10th 1915
  • Bel Kaufman  107
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 10th 1911
  • Olaf Stapledon  132
    Novelist
    Monday, May 10th 1886
  • Ivan Cankar  142
    Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Essayist
    Wednesday, May 10th 1876
  • Upendrakishore Ray  155
    Children’s Literature
    Sunday, May 10th 1863
  • Benito Pérez Galdós  175
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 10th 1843
  • Johann Peter Hebel  258
    Short Stories, Poet
    Saturday, May 10th 1760
  • Jean Mairet  414
    Playwright
    Monday, May 10th 1604
  • Dusán Mukics  37
    Journalist
    Monday, May 11th 1981
  • Theresa Burke  62
    Journalist
    Friday, May 11th 1956
  • Mike Lupica  66
    Columnist
    Sunday, May 11th 1952
  • Jeremy Paxman  68
    Journalist
    Thursday, May 11th 1950
  • Rachel Billington  76
    Novelist
    Monday, May 11th 1942
  • Francisco Umbral  86
    Journalist, Novelist, Essayist
    Wednesday, May 11th 1932
  • Stanley Elkin  88
    Novelist, Short Stories, Essayist
    Sunday, May 11th 1930
  • Marco Ferreri  90
    Screenwriter
    Friday, May 11th 1928
  • Richard Feynman  100
    Non-Fiction
    Saturday, May 11th 1918
  • Camilo Jose Cela  102
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 11th 1916
  • Saadat Hasan Manto  106
    Short Stories
    Saturday, May 11th 1912
  • Rose Ausländer  117
    Poet
    Saturday, May 11th 1901
  • Paulino Masip  119
    Playwright, Novelist
    Thursday, May 11th 1899
  • János Batsányi  255
    Poet
    Wednesday, May 11th 1763
  • L. Neil Smith  72
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 12th 1946
  • George Carlin  81
    Comedy Writer
    Wednesday, May 12th 1937
  • Andrei Voznesensky  85
    Poet
    Friday, May 12th 1933
  • Marco Denevi  96
    Novelist
    Friday, May 12th 1922
  • Farley Mowat  97
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 12th 1921
  • Albert Murray  102
    Novelist
    Friday, May 12th 1916
  • Howard K. Smith  104
    Journalist
    Tuesday, May 12th 1914
  • James Bacon  104
    Columnist
    Tuesday, May 12th 1914
  • Bertus Aafjes  104
    Poet
    Tuesday, May 12th 1914
  • Leslie Charteris  111
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 12th 1907
  • Benjamin Farjeon  180
    Novelist, Playwright
    Saturday, May 12th 1838
  • Edward Lear  206
    Poet
    Tuesday, May 12th 1812
  • Armistead Maupin  74
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 13th 1944
  • Eve Babitz  75
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 13th 1943
  • Bruce Chatwin  78
    Novelist, Travel Writer
    Monday, May 13th 1940
  • Roger Zelazny  81
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 13th 1937
  • Daphne du Maurier  111
    Novelist, Playwright
    Monday, May 13th 1907
  • Arthur Sullivan  176
    Playwright
    Friday, May 13th 1842
  • Alphonse Daudet  178
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 13th 1840
  • Eoin Colfer  53
    Novelist
    Friday, May 14th 1965
  • David Quantick  57
    Journalist
    Sunday, May 14th 1961
  • Christine Brennan  60
    Columnist
    Wednesday, May 14th 1958
  • Rudi Šeligo  83
    Novelist, Playwright, Essayist
    Tuesday, May 14th 1935
  • Barbara Branden  89
    Non-Fiction
    Tuesday, May 14th 1929
  • Herbert W. Franke  91
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 14th 1927
  • Solange Chaput-Rolland  99
    Journalist
    Wednesday, May 14th 1919
  • Hal Borland  118
    Novelist, Journalist
    Monday, May 14th 1900
  • Louis Verneuil  125
    Playwright
    Sunday, May 14th 1893
  • Alexander Kaufmann  201
    Poet
    Wednesday, May 14th 1817
  • Lauren Myracle  49

    Thursday, May 15th 1969
  • Paul Zindel  82

    Friday, May 15th 1936
  • Clifton Fadiman  114
    Essayist
    Sunday, May 15th 1904
  • Katherine Anne Porter  128

    Thursday, May 15th 1890
  • Arthur Schnitzler  156

    Thursday, May 15th 1862
  • L. Frank Baum  162

    Thursday, May 15th 1856
  • Eduard von Keyserling  163
    Novelist, Playwright
    Tuesday, May 15th 1855
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu  329
    Poet
    Sunday, May 15th 1689
  • Omar Khayyám  970
    Poet
    Monday, May 15th 1048
  • Adrienne Rich  89

    Thursday, May 16th 1929
  • Louis “Studs” Terkel  106

    Thursday, May 16th 1912
  • Jane Moore  56
    Journalist
    Thursday, May 17th 1962
  • F. Paul Wilson  72

    Friday, May 17th 1946
  • David Cope  77
    Non-Fiction
    Saturday, May 17th 1941
  • Gary Paulsen  79
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 17th 1939
  • Dennis Potter  83

    Friday, May 17th 1935
  • Merle Miller  99
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 17th 1919
  • Henri Barbusse  145
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 17th 1873
  • Dorothy Richardson  145
    Novelist, Journalist
    Saturday, May 17th 1873
  • Jacint Verdaguer  173
    Poet
    Saturday, May 17th 1845
  • Virginie Loveling  182
    Poet, Novelist
    Tuesday, May 17th 1836
  • Tina Fey  48
    Screenwriter
    Monday, May 18th 1970
  • Nina Björk  51
    Journalist
    Thursday, May 18th 1967
  • Diane Duane  66
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 18th 1952
  • Yi Munyol  70
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 18th 1948
  • W. G. Sebald  74
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 18th 1944
  • Jeanie MacPherson  131
    Screenwriter
    Wednesday, May 18th 1887
  • Bertrand Russell  146
    Non-Fiction
    Saturday, May 18th 1872
  • Francis Bellamy  163
    Novelist
    Friday, May 18th 1855
  • John Wilson  233
    Poet
    Wednesday, May 18th 1785
  • Jodi Picoult  52
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 19th 1966
  • Gregory Poirier  57
    Screenwriter
    Friday, May 19th 1961
  • Nora Ephron  77
    Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright
    Monday, May 19th 1941
  • Ruskin Bond  84
    Novelist, Short Stories, Children’s Literature
    Saturday, May 19th 1934
  • Paul Erdman  86
    Novelist, Non-Fiction
    Thursday, May 19th 1932
  • Lorraine Hansberry  88

    Monday, May 19th 1930
  • Karel van het Reve  97
    Essayist
    Thursday, May 19th 1921
  • Merriam Modell  110
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 19th 1908
  • Anna Brownell Jameson  224
    Non-Fiction
    Monday, May 19th 1794
  • William Michaelian  62
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 20th 1956
  • Ingvar Ambjørnsen  62
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 20th 1956
  • Michel Vastel  78
    Journalist
    Monday, May 20th 1940
  • John Lucarotti  92
    Screenwriter
    Thursday, May 20th 1926
  • Wolfgang Borchert  97
    Playwright
    Friday, May 20th 1921
  • Gardner Fox  107
    Comic Book Writer
    Saturday, May 20th 1911
  • Annie M. G. Schmidt  107
    Children’s Literature
    Saturday, May 20th 1911
  • Dorita Fairlie Bruce  133

    Wednesday, May 20th 1885
  • Sigrid Undset  136

    Saturday, May 20th 1882
  • Hector Malot  188
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 20th 1830
  • Honore de Balzac  219

    Monday, May 20th 1799
  • James Phelan  39

    Monday, May 21st 1979
  • Georgiy Gongadze  49
    Journalist
    Wednesday, May 21st 1969
  • Richard Appel  55
    Screenwriter
    Tuesday, May 21st 1963
  • Jeffrey Toobin  58
    Non-Fiction
    Saturday, May 21st 1960
  • Elizabeth Buchan  70
    Novelist
    Friday, May 21st 1948
  • Robert Creeley  92

    Friday, May 21st 1926
  • Harold Robbins  102
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 21st 1916
  • Manly Wade Wellman  115
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 21st 1903
  • Suzanne Lilar  117
    Essayist, Novelist, Playwright
    Tuesday, May 21st 1901
  • Manuel Pérez y Curis  134
    Poet
    Wednesday, May 21st 1884
  • Alexander Pope  330

    Friday, May 21st 1688
  • Graham Linehan  50
    Screenwriter
    Wednesday, May 22nd 1968
  • Peter Matthiessen  91
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 22nd 1927
  • Jean-Louis Curtis  101
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 22nd 1917
  • Vance Packard  104
    Journalist
    Friday, May 22nd 1914
  • Hergé  111
    Comic Book Writer
    Wednesday, May 22nd 1907
  • Paul Viiding  114
    Poet
    Sunday, May 22nd 1904
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  159

    Sunday, May 22nd 1859
  • Tsubouchi Shōyō  159
    Playwright
    Sunday, May 22nd 1859
  • Catulle Mendès  177
    Poet
    Saturday, May 22nd 1841
  • Gérard de Nerval  210
    Poet
    Sunday, May 22nd 1808
  • Mitchell Albom  60
    Novelist
    Friday, May 23rd 1958
  • Jane Kenyon  71
    Poet
    Friday, May 23rd 1947
  • Jack McCarthy  79
    Poet
    Tuesday, May 23rd 1939
  • Peter Preston  80
    Journalist
    Monday, May 23rd 1938
  • M. Scott Peck  82
    Non-Fiction
    Saturday, May 23rd 1936
  • Friedrich Achleitner  88
    Poet
    Friday, May 23rd 1930
  • Karlheinz Deschner  94
    Non-Fiction
    Friday, May 23rd 1924
  • James Blish  97
    Novelist
    Monday, May 23rd 1921
  • Robert Bernstein  99
    Comic Book Writer, Playwright
    Friday, May 23rd 1919
  • Celestine Sibley  104
    Columnist
    Saturday, May 23rd 1914
  • Margaret Wise Brown  108
    Children’s Literature
    Monday, May 23rd 1910
  • Scott O’Dell  120
    Novelist, Children’s Literature
    Monday, May 23rd 1898
  • Pär Lagerkvist  127
    Poet, Playwright, Novelist
    Saturday, May 23rd 1891
  • Margaret Fuller  208
    Journalist
    Wednesday, May 23rd 1810
  • Giuseppe Parini  289
    Satirist, Poet
    Monday, May 23rd 1729
  • Michael Chabon  55

    Friday, May 24th 1963
  • Walter Moers  61

    Friday, May 24th 1957
  • Bob Dylan  77

    Saturday, May 24th 1941
  • Joseph Brodsky  78

    Friday, May 24th 1940
  • William Trevor  90

    Thursday, May 24th 1928
  • Luc Sante  64

    Tuesday, May 25th 1954
  • Jamaica Kincaid  69
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 25th 1949
  • Raymond Carver  80
    Short Stories, Poet
    Wednesday, May 25th 1938
  • John Gregory Dunne  86
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 25th 1932
  • Robert Ludlum  91
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 25th 1927
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton  215
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 25th 1803
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson  215
    Poet
    Wednesday, May 25th 1803
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan  54
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 26th 1964
  • Alan Hollinghurst  64
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 26th 1954
  • Lyudmila Petrushevskaya  80
    Novelist, Playwright
    Thursday, May 26th 1938
  • Phyllis Gotlieb  92
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 26th 1926
  • Henriette Roosenburg  102
    Journalist
    Friday, May 26th 1916
  • Moondog  102
    Poet
    Friday, May 26th 1916
  • Antonia Forest  103
    Children’s Literature
    Wednesday, May 26th 1915
  • Pierre Daninos  105
    Humorist
    Monday, May 26th 1913
  • Henry Ephron  106
    Playwright, Screenwriter
    Sunday, May 26th 1912
  • Maxwell Bodenheim  126
    Poet, Novelist
    Thursday, May 26th 1892
  • Edmond de Goncourt  196

    Sunday, May 26th 1822
  • Harlan Ellison  84

    Sunday, May 27th 1934
  • John Barth  88

    Tuesday, May 27th 1930
  • Marijane Meaker  91

    Friday, May 27th 1927
  • Tony Hillerman  93

    Wednesday, May 27th 1925
  • Herman Wouk  103

    Thursday, May 27th 1915
  • John Cheever  106

    Monday, May 27th 1912
  • Dashiell Hammett  124

    Sunday, May 27th 1894
  • Arnold Bennett  151

    Monday, May 27th 1867
  • Barney Rosset  96

    Sunday, May 28th 1922
  • Walker Percy  102

    Sunday, May 28th 1916
  • Patrick White  106

    Tuesday, May 28th 1912
  • Ian Fleming  110

    Thursday, May 28th 1908
  • Andrew Clements  69
    Children’s Literature
    Sunday, May 29th 1949
  • Andre Brink  83
    Novelist
    Wednesday, May 29th 1935
  • Paul R. Ehrlich  86
    Non-Fiction
    Sunday, May 29th 1932
  • Lars Bo  94
    Novelist
    Thursday, May 29th 1924
  • Bernard Clavel  95
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 29th 1923
  • T.H. White  112
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 29th 1906
  • Alfonsina Storni  126
    Poet
    Sunday, May 29th 1892
  • Max Brand  126
    Novelist
    Sunday, May 29th 1892
  • G. K. Chesterton  144
    Novelist
    Friday, May 29th 1874
  • Michael Piller  70
    Screenwriter
    Sunday, May 30th 1948
  • Hal Clement  96
    Novelist
    Tuesday, May 30th 1922
  • Pita Amor  100
    Poet
    Thursday, May 30th 1918
  • Joseph Stein  106
    Playwright
    Thursday, May 30th 1912
  • Harry Bernstein  108
    Memoirest
    Monday, May 30th 1910
  • Countee Cullen  115
    Poet
    Saturday, May 30th 1903
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner  119
    Playwright
    Tuesday, May 30th 1899
  • Randolph Bourne  132
    Essayist
    Sunday, May 30th 1886
  • Félix Arnaudin  174
    Poet
    Thursday, May 30th 1844
  • Robin Wasserman  40
    Children’s Literature
    Wednesday, May 31st 1978
  • John Connolly  50
    Novelist
    Friday, May 31st 1968
  • Lynne Truss  63
    Non-Fiction, Journalist, Essayist
    Tuesday, May 31st 1955
  • Bernard Goldberg  73
    Journalist
    Thursday, May 31st 1945
  • Al Young  79
    Novelist, Poet
    Wednesday, May 31st 1939
  • Robie Macauley  99
    Novelist
    Saturday, May 31st 1919
  • George R. Stewart  123
    Novelist
    Friday, May 31st 1895
  • Konstantin Paustovsky  126
    Novelist, Poet
    Tuesday, May 31st 1892
  • Walt Whitman  199
    Poet
    Monday, May 31st 1819
  • Ludwig Tieck  245
    Poet
    Monday, May 31st 1773
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