Author Birthdays

Today is an interesting mix of authors.

We start with Teru Miyamoto. A Japanese author Miyamoto was born in 1947. While I haven’t read any of his works in either the original (challenging as I can’t read Japanese) or the translation you can read a comprehensive review by The Bookslut about Kinshu: Autumn Brocade.

Then we continue with Gabriel Garcia Marquez a Colombian author born in 1927. He wrote El amor en los tiempos del cólera or Love in the Time of Cholera in 1985 and this was subsequently made into a movie in 2007 starring Javier Bardem who was also in the James Bond movie Skyfall.

Now for something completely different. Will Eisner born in 1917. Eisner could be called the father of the Graphic Novel as he popularised the term in 1978. He also wrote the Introduction to a book I picked up in America called Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel by Stephen Weiner.

Ring Lardner is interesting. Born in 1885 he was a sports journalist and well known for his satirical works on the sports world, marriage and the theatre. I love his name, named after a cousin who was named after a friend, Rear Admiral Cadwalader Ringgold, Lardner never liked the name and shortened it to Ring.

Moving along. George du Maurier born in 1834 was the grandfather of the boys who inspired J. M. Barrie to write Peter Pan. It’s possible to say he’s the grandfather of Peter Pan.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning born in England in 1806 was a prominent poet whose husband, Robert Browning, published a final anthology of her works following her death in 1861.

Cyrano de Bergerac born in 1619 seems to be more popularly known for his life than his writing. He was apparently well known for his large nose…I’ll just wonder if I’m related in some way, totally unlikely as I have no ancestors from France but I do have a large nose!

The oldest person on my list today is Luigi Alamanni. Born in 1495 Alamanni was an Italian poet and statesman and credited with introducing the epigram to Italian poetry.

Last but not least, and certainly the youngest today is Bret Easton Ellis. Born in 1964 so he’s a spring chicken Ellis is the person credited with writing American Psycho which was successfully adapted into a movie of the same name. Although some sources give his date of birth as the 7th March.