Van Morrison (1945-) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 31, 1945. Brothers Judd recommends The Best of Van Morrison
John Gunther (1901-70), one of America's greatest journalists, was born in Chicago, IL on August 30, 1901. Read Orrin's review of Death Be Not Proud: A Memoir (1949)(Grade: A-)
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was born in London, England on August 30, 1797. Read Orrin's review of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818)(Grade: A+)
John Locke (1632-1704) who was the pivotal figure in the development of democratic theory, was born in England on August 27, 1632.
Charles Christopher "Bird" Parker (1920-55) was born in Kansas City, KS on August 29, 1920. Dryfoos recommends Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Charlie Parker
Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1865-1947) , was born in Hungary on August
27, 1865. Brothers Judd recommends her great novel The Scarlet Pimpernel
[Cecil Scott] C.S. Forester (1899-1966) was born on August 27, 1899. Read Orrin's review of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1948) (Grade: A)
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-73), one of the worst men ever to become President of the United States, was born in Stonewall,
TX on August 27, 1908. Read Robert Caro's awesome biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Earl Derr Biggers (1884-1933) was born on August 26, 1884. Read Orrin's review of the first Charlie Chan mystery, The House Without a Key (1925)(Grade: B)
Christopher Isherwood (1904-) was born in Cheshire, ENG on August 26, 1904.
Brian Moore (1921-99) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 25, 1921. Read Orrin's reviews of
Black Robe (1985)(Grade: B+) and The Statement (1996) (Grade: A)
Jean Rhys (1894) was born in Roseau, Dominica on August 24, 1894. Read Orrin's review of Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)
Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989) was born in Belsano, PA on August 24, 1898.
A.S. Byatt (1936-) was born in Sheffield, ENG on August 24, 1936. Read Orrin's review of Possession: A Romance (1990)(Grade: A+)
Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) was born in London, ENG on August 24, 1872. Read Orrin's review of Zuleika Dobson or An Oxford Love Story (1911)(Grade: A)
Dorothy Parker, American short story writer/poet/critic and wit,
Aug. 22, 1893 - 1967
Ray Bradbury (1920-) was bon in Waukegan, IL on August 22, 1920. Read Orrin's reviews of Fahrenheit 451 (1953) (Grade: A-) and Dandelion Wine (1957)(Grade: A+)
E. Annie Proulx (1935-) was born in Norwich, CT on August 22, 1935. Read Orrin's review of The Shipping News (1993)
Peter Weir (1944-) was born in Sydney, Australia on August 21, 1944. Read Orrin's review of The Truman Show.
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was born in Brighton, ENG on August 21, 1872.
Isaac Hayes (1942-), the Black Moses of Soul, was born in Covington, TN on August 20, 1942. Brothers Judd especially recommends Live At The Sahara Tahoe.
H. P. (Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was born in Providence, RI on
August 20, 1890. Read Orrin's review of At the Mountains of Madness (1931) (Grade: B+)
Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was born in North Bend, OH on August 20, 1833.
Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet/critic/translator and winner of
Nobel Prize 1959, Aug. 20, 1901 - 1968
Orville Wright (1871-1948) was born in Dayton OH on August 19, 1871. The 19th is celebrated as Aviation Day in his honor.
Ogden Nash (1902-71) was born in Rye, NY on August 19, 1902.
Check out a nice page of his verse.
James Gould Cozzens (1903-78) was born in Chicago, IL on August 19, 1903. Brothers Judd recommends his Pulitzer Prize winning novel of WWII, Guard of Honor (1949)
Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) was born in Charlottsville, VA on August 18, 1774. Read Orrin's review of Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (1996)(Stephen E. Ambrose) (Grade: A-)
V.S. [Vidiadhar) Surajprasad] Naipaul (1932-) was born in Trinidad on August 17, 1932. Read Orrin's reviews of A House for Mr. Biswas (1961) (Grade: B-) and A Bend in the River (1979) (Grade: C)
Davy Crockett (1786-1836) was born in Eastern TN on August 17, 1786; of course, he died at the Alamo.
One of the saddest days of my life was when a kid threw my coonskin cap in our local brook in 2nd Grade.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940), who began the back to Africa movement, was born in St. Ann's Bay , Jamaica on August 17, 1887.
Maureen O'Hara (1920-) was born in Dublin, IRE on August 17, 1920. Hollywood's all time most fabulous babe, she appears in numerous great movies including:
The Quiet Man (1952), How Green Was My Valley (1941) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was born in Andernach, GER on August 16, 1920.
Menachem Begin (1913-92) was born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia on August 16, 1913. He and Anwar Sadat shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978.
Ted Hughes (1930-98) was born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, ENG on August 16, 1930. Read Orrin's review of The
Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights (1968) (Grade: B+)
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was born in Ajaccio, Corsica on August 15, 1769. Brothers Judd recommends the biography Napoleon Bonaparte by Alan Schom.
Robert Bolt (1924-95) was born in Manchester, ENG on August 15, 1924. Read Orrin's review ofA Man for All Seasons (1960)(Grade: A+)
Steve Martin (1945-) was born in Waco TX on August 14, 1945.
Read Orrin's review of Shopgirl: A Novella (2000) (Grade: C)
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born in London, ENG on August 13, 1899. By any measure, he is one of the great movie directors of all time, Brothers Judd especially recommends: Vertigo and The 39 Steps, both available at Amazon's Hitchcock Centennial site.
[William] Ben Hogan (1912-97) was born in Stephenville, TX on August 13, 1912. Read Orrin's review of Power Golf (1948)
William Goldman (1931-) was born in Highland Park, IL on August 12, 1931. Read Orrin's review of The Princess Bride : S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The 'Good Parts' Version, Abridged (1973)
Alex Haley (1921-92) was born in Ithaca, NY on August 11, 1921. In addition to the bestseller Roots (1976), he was
the coauthor of The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)(see Orrin's review; Grade: A+)
Andre Dubus (1936-99) was born in Lake Charles, LA on August 11, 1936. Read Orrin's review of Selected Stories (1988) (Grade: A) & try his online story If They Knew Yvonne.
Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964), 31st President of the United States and the first born west of the Mississippi, was born in West Branch, IA on August 10, 1874.