Category Archives: Literature

#658 Sophie Dahl / Tom Hardy – 15 September 1977

Sophie Dahl Sophie Dahl (born 15 September 1977) is an English author and former fashion model. Dahl is the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her maternal grandparents were the children’s author Roald Dahl and the American … Continue reading

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#649 Ed McBain / Jean Peters – 15 October 1926

Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he … Continue reading

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#635 Winston Churchill / Lucy Maud Montgomery – 30 November 1874

Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 (that is, for most … Continue reading

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#630 Chevy Chase / R. L. Stine – 8 October 1943

Chevy Chase Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American comedian, writer, television actor and film actor. He began acting with National Lampoon. He quickly became a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night … Continue reading

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#606 Hawley Harvey Crippen / O. Henry – 11 September 1862

Hawley Harvey Crippen Hawley Harvey Crippen (September 11, 1862 – November 23, 1910), usually known as Dr. Crippen, was an American homeopathic physician and salesman hanged in Pentonville Prison, London, for the murder of his wife, Cora Henrietta Crippen. He was the first criminal to be … Continue reading

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#602 Gordon Cooper / Gabriel García Márquez – 6 March 1927

Gordon Cooper Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury … Continue reading

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#587 Michael Crichton / Anita Roddick – 23 October 1942

Michael Crichton John Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American best-selling author, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, … Continue reading

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#576 Ogden Nash / Fyfe Robertson – 19 August 1902

Ogden Nash Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet well known for his light verse. The New York Times said his “droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country’s best-known producer of humorous poetry”. Ogden Nash wrote over 500 pieces of … Continue reading

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#564 Salman Rushdie / Freddy Head – 19 June 1947

Salman Rushdie Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the centre of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries, some … Continue reading

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#523 Lewis Carroll / Arthur Hughes – 27 January 1832

Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems “The Hunting … Continue reading

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#521 Tom Paulin / John Cooper Clarke – 25 January 1949

Tom Paulin Thomas Neilson Paulin (born 25 January 1949, Leeds, England) is a Northern Irish poet and critic of film, music and literature. He is the GM Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford. John Cooper Clarke John Cooper Clarke (born 25 January 1949) is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era … Continue reading

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#512 Erskine Caldwell / Walter Greenwood / Ray Noble – 17 December 1903

Erskine Caldwell Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903 – April 11, 1987) was an American author. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South like the novels Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre won him critical acclaim, but they also made him controversial among … Continue reading

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#503 Philip Pullman / Kendo Nagasaki – 19 October 1946

Philip Pullman Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL (born 19 October 1946) is an English writer from Norwich. He is the best-selling author of several books, most notably his trilogy offantasy novels, His Dark Materials, and his fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. In 2008, The … Continue reading

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#475 Nigel Rees / Whitfield Diffie / Chris Finnegan – 05 June 1944

Nigel Rees Nigel Rees (born 5 June 1944 near Liverpool) is an English author and presenter, best known for devising and hosting the Radio 4 long running panel game Quote… Unquote (since 1976) and as the author of more than fifty books – reference, humour and fiction. … Continue reading

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#474 Val McDermid / Jack Ellis – 04 June 1955

Val McDermid Val McDermid (born 4 June 1955) is a Scottish crime writer. Her books mainly fall into three series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, and, beginning in 1995, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, the first entry in which, The Mermaids Singing, won the Crime … Continue reading

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#467 George Best / Howard Kendall / G. F. Newman – 22 May 1946

George Best George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a professional footballer from Belfast, who most notably played for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968, he won the European Cup with Manchester United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year. When … Continue reading

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#463 Seamus Heaney / Paul Sorvino – 13 April 1939

Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney (born 13 April 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer. He lives in Dublin. Regarded as an elder statesman of poetry, Heaney has received the T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and the Nobel Prize in … Continue reading

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#461 Milan Kundera / Jane Powell – 01 April 1929

Milan Kundera Milan Kundera (born 1 April 1929) is a writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981. He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of … Continue reading

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#450 Denis Quilley / Denis Gifford – 26 December 1927

Denis Quilley Denis Clifford Quilley OBE (26 December 1927 – 5 October 2003) was an English theatre, television and film actor who was long associated with the Royal National Theatre. Denis Gifford Denis Gifford (26 December 1927 – 18 May 2000) was a British writer. … Continue reading

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#419 Candace Bushnell / Charlene Tilton – 01 December 1958

Candace Bushnell Candace Bushnell (born December 1, 1958) is an American author and columnist based in New York City. She is best known for writing a column that was anthologized in a book, Sex And The City, which in turn became the basis for … Continue reading

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