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Today is the birthday of William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897 – 1962). He was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Faulkner worked in a variety of written media, including novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature for "his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." More information about Faulkner on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/william-faulkner/ Happy Birthday William…

Today is the birthday of William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963). He was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. More information about Williams and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/william-carlos-williams/ Happy Birthday William Carlos Williams!

Today is the birthday of Ntozake Shange, born 1948. She's an American playwright, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism. Shange is best-known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. For more information about her and poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/ntozake-shange/ Happy Birthday Ntozake Shange!

Today is the birthday of William Hayley (1745 – 1820). He was an English writer, best known as the friend and biographer of William Cowper. Born at Chichester, he was sent to Eton in 1757, and to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1762; his connection with the Middle Temple, London, where he was admitted in 1766, was merely nominal. More information about Hayley and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/william-hayley/ Happy Birthday William Hayley!

Today is the birthday of Robert Frost (1874 – 1963). He was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of his generation, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. Find more about Frost and his poems on Poemhunter http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-frost/ Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

Today is the birthday of Wisława Szymborska, born in 1923. She was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. She was described as a "Mozart of Poetry". In Poland, Szymborska's books have reached sales rivaling prominent prose authors.

Today is the birthday of Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955). He was an American Modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955. More information about Stevens and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/wallace-stevens/ Happy Birthday Wallace Stevens!

Happy Birthday Albert Camus! (1913-1960) a French pied-noir author, journalist, and philosopher. his views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature, he was the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, after Rudyard Kipling, and the first African-born writer to receive the award. More about Camus and quotations on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/albert-camus/quotations/

Today is the birthday of Adelaide Crapsey, born in 1878. She was an American poet. She wrote much of the verse on which her reputation rests. More information about Crapsey and her poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/adelaide-crapsey/ And here is the Carl Sandburg's poem "Adelaide Crapsey": http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/adelaide-crapsey/ Happy Birthday Adelaide Crapsey!

Today is the birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) a German writer, artist, and politician. his body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments More about Goethe on Poemhunter http://www.poemhunter.com/johann-wolfgang-von-goethe/

Today is also the birthday of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940). He was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined. Fitzgerald's work has inspired writers ever since he was first published. The publication of The Great Gatsby prompted T. S. Eliot to write. More about Fitzgerald on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/f-scott-fitzgerald-2/ Happy Birthday Francis Scott Fitzgerald!

Today is the birthday of Oscar Wilde, born in 1854. He was an Irish writer and poet. fter writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

Today is the birthday of William Butler Yeats, born in 1865. He was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms.In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Today is the birthday of Thomas Moore (1779–1852). He was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon Moore. More information about Moore and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/thomas-moore/ Happy Birthday Thomas Moore!

Today is the birthday of Hermann Hesse, born in 1877. He was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi), each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.

Today is the birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in 1749. He was a German writer and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. More information about Goethe end his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/johann-wolfgang-von-goethe/ Happy Birthday Johann Wolfgang von Goethe!

Today is the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). He was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets. More about Longfellow and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/henry-wadsworth-longfellow/ Happy Birthday Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!

Today is the birthday of John Keats (1795 – 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death. More information about Keats and his poems on poemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/john-keats/ Happy Birthday John Keats!

Today is the birthday of James Whitcomb Riley (1849 – 1916). He was an American writer, poet, and best selling author. Riley was known for his "uncomplicated, sentimental, and humorous" writing. Often writing his verses in dialect, his poetry caused readers to recall a nostalgic and simpler time in earlier American history. More information about Riley and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/james-whitcomb-riley/ Happy Birthday James Whitcomb Riley!

Today is the birthday of Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867). He was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. Find more about Baudelaire and his works on Poemhunter http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-baudelaire/ Happy Birthday Charles Baudelaire!