Famous Authors Born in October
October is approaching, so it’s time to take a look at what authors were born in the tenth month. Here is a list of fifteen October babies.
Gore Vidal: (October 3, 1925- present)
Vidal is the author of multiple novels, including Burr (the first in his Narratives of Empire series), The City and the Pillar, and Myra Breckinridge. He also has written many screenplays, plays, and essays.
Anne Rice: (October 4, 1941- present)
Born Howard Allen Francis O’Brien, Anne Rice is best known for her series , The Vampire Chronicles. More recently, she has written a series of novels about the life of Jesus Christ.
Harold Pinter: (October 10, 1930- December 24, 2008)
Nobel laureate Harold Pinter is widely acknowledged as one of England’s finest playwrights. Some of his works include: The Betrayal and The Homecoming.
E.E. Cummings: (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962)
Award-winning poet E.E. Cummings won devotees and detractors with his decidedly unconventional approach to poetry; he often shunned capitalization of letters and paid no mind to traditional sentence structure.
Friedrich Nietzsche: (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900)
Philosopher/poet/composer Fredrich Nietzche is most associated with his famous assertion, “God is dead!”, which first appeared in his work, The Gay Science.
Eugene O’Neill: (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953)
Pulitzer-prize veteran Eugene O’Neill wrote many plays; including The Iceman Cometh and Strange Interlude
Oscar Wilde: (October 16, 1854- November 30, 1900)
Novelist/playwright/poet Oscar Wilde dazzled 19th century society with his legendary wit and unflappable personality (even during his imprisonment for “gross indecency”, ie homosexuality). He penned The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, among other works.
Arthur Miller: (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005)
Arthur Miller wrote many plays, including The Crucible and Death of a Salesman.
Arthur Rimbaud: (October 24, 1854- November 10, 1891)
Influential French poet Arthur Rimbaud can perhaps be best summed up in the following quote from journalist Raymond Sokolov:
“Arthur Rimbaud was a disreputable, mean, ruthless, perverse, hateful wretch. He was also one of the greatest poets who ever lived.”
Samuel Taylor Colderidge: (October 21, 1772- July 25, 1834)
English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge penned many famous works, including “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, “Kubla Khan”, and “Christabel”.
Anne Tyler: (October 25, 1941- present)
American author Anne Tyler has written several novels, four of which have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She won the award in 1989 for her novel, Breathing Lessons.
Dylan Thomas: (October 27, 1914- November 9, 1953)
Thomas was a renowned poet, notably writing “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”. He also had a famous love of alcohol, once quipping, “An alcoholic is someone you don’t like, who drinks as much as you do.”
Sylvia Plath: (October 27, 1932- February 11, 1963)
Author of several poems, short-stories, and her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, Plath’s suicide forever immortalized her as the embodiment of “wasted genius”.
Ezra Pound: (October 30, 1885- November 1, 1972)
Modernist poet Ezra Pound wrote a staggering amount of books in his life time (poetry collections, essay collections, etc.), as well as helping to launch the careers of writers such as Robert Frost and James Joyce while working as an editor.
John Keats: (October 31, 1795- February 23, 1821)
Underappreciated in his lifetime, Keats is now part of the literary canon thanks to such poems as “Ode to A Nightingale”, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, and “Bright Star”.