Sunday, February 1, 2015

Notable February-born Authors

Happy Birthday to Notable Authors 
born in February! 

Click on the links to read reviews.

James Michener
February 3, 1907
American author known for long sagas of historical interest set in distinct locations:  Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean, Texas, and Poland to name a few. So far, I’ve read Sayonara and Tales of the South Pacific, both of which I’ve enjoyed.  Michener won a Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Tales of the South Pacific.

Charles Dickens
February 7, 1812
An English writer known for his classic works including A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Great Expectation, and A Tale of Two Cities to name a few. Jump into tales of struggles and hardships of the downtrodden. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder
February 7, 1867
American author known for her Little House on the Prairie series based on her pioneer childhood in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas.  

Sinclair Lewis
February 7, 1885
American novelist and playwright  who became the first U.S. writer to receive the Nobel prize in literature. His well-known works include Main Street and Babbitt.

Jules Verne
February 8, 1828
A French author known for his fantastical adventures: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Five Weeks in a Balloon, and my favorite, Around the World in Eighty Days.

Kate Chopin
February 8, 1850
An American author known for her advanced feminist work, The Awakening, which was panned at the time for her shocking lack of morality.

Sidney Sheldon
February 11, 1917
An American novelist and TV show writer who created I Dream of Jeanie, The Patty Duke Show, and Hart to Hart. In the literary field, he’s known for page-turners like Master of the Game, The Other Side of Midnight, and Rage of Angels.

My mom recently read The Other Side of Midnight some twenty years after Sidney seduced me on my honeymoon.  While mine was a memorable, but one-time fling, my mom has become Sidney’s regular mistress. She searches out his books and slinks away with him over and over again.  Not only that, she gushes about him and sends me more of his books as further proof of their dalliances.  She’s addicted.  Just take that as a warning. Sidney has a powerful, irresistible draw.

February 18, 1931
Toni Morrison
An American professor, editor and novelist known for her somber novels including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, and the unforgettable Beloved, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. She also won the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Review of Beloved to come soon).

Lisa See
February 18, 1965
American author known for her novels set in China, including the popular Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan among others.  See’s great-grandfather was Chinese.

Carson McCullers
February 19, 1917
American novelist and short story writer known for stories in which characters are societal outcasts such as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and The Ballad of the Sad Café. McCullers was 23 when she wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

Amy Tan
February 19, 1952
An American writer known for stories centering on Chinese-American families such as the bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club which was made into a movie. Other popular books include, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and The Bonesetter’s Daughter.

Gillian Flynn
February 24, 1971
American author known for suspenseful novels including Gone Girl, Sharp Edges, and Dark Places all of which have or will be made into movies. Get ready for a thrilling ride!

John Steinbeck
February 27, 1902

American author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for The Grapes of Wrath. He’s known for short stories and novellas many of which have been made into movies including Tortilla Flat, The Red Pony, Cannery Row, and the heart-breaking Of Mice and Men.  

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE Sidney Sheldon and yes Annette I am addicted to his books . Right behind him is Isabelle Allende. I will not stop till I read all of their books !