Famous Authors Born in December
Not only is December a big month for holidays, it is also a big month for author birthdays. Here are ten authors who were born during this festive month:
Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918)
Poet/journalist/literary critic Alfred Joyce Kilmer (more commonly referred to as simply “Joyce Kilmer”) is best known for his poem, “Trees”, which begins with the classic lines, “I think that I shall never see/ A poem as lovely as a tree”.
John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674)
English poet John Milton earned an everlasting place in literary history with his epic poem, Paradise Lost.
Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)
Considered one of the finest American poets (and literary recluses), Dickinson wrote thousands of poems in her lifetime, though most were unpublished till after her death.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (December 11, 1918 – August 3, 2008)
The Russian writer fought against Soviet oppression with works such as The Gulag Archipelago.
Arthur Charles Clarke (December 16, 1917 – March 19, 2008)
Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke is best known for his novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was turned into the classic film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Noël Coward (December 16, 1899 – March 26, 1973)
Coward wrote countless plays, including the popular comedy, Blithe Spirit. He was also an actor, a director, a singer, a composer, an possesor of a legendary wit and impeccable sense of style.
Jane Austen (December 16, 1775 – July 18, 1817)
A standard of English literature, Austen penned the novels Sense and Sensibilty, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion, among many others.
William Safire (December 17, 1929 – September 27, 2009)
On top of writing several books, English language-expert William Safire wrote a column in the New York Times for several decades, “On Language”, which took a closer look at the written (and spoken) word.
David Sedaris ( December 26, 1956- present)
Humorist David Sedaris is best known for his collections of essays; including the best-sellers Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Cordoroy and Denim.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (December 30, 1865 – January 18, 1936)
Rudyard Kipling wrote the children’s classic, The Jungle Book, as well as poems such as the controversial take on Imperialism “White Man’s Burden”.