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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: 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: 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: Happy Birthday Ntozake Shange!

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 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: 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 Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

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: 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:

Today is the birthday of Italo Calvino, (1923-1985). He's an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. Lionised in Britain and the United States, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death, and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Quotations from Calvino on Poemhunter:

Today is the birthday of Robert William Service (1874-1958). He was a poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon". Robert Service wrote the most commercially successful poetry of the century. Yet his most popular works "were considered doggerel by the literary set." During his lifetime, he was nicknamed "the Canadian Kipling." More information about Service and his poems on Poemhunter: Happy Birthday Robert William…

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: And here is the Carl Sandburg's poem "Adelaide Crapsey": Happy Birthday Adelaide Crapsey!

Today is the birthday of Julia Ward, born in 1819. She was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, poet and died on October 17, 1910. Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after she and her husband visited Washington, D. C., and met Abraham Lincoln at the White House in November 1861. More information about Howe and her poems on Poemhunter: Happy Birthday Julia Ward Howe!

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: Happy Birthday Francis Scott Fitzgerald!

Today is the birthday of Octavio Paz Lozano born in 1914. He was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature and died on April 19, 1998. More information about Paz and his poems on Poemhunter: Happy birthday Octavio Paz!

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 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: Happy Birthday Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!

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 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: Happy Birthday James Whitcomb Riley!

Today is also the birthday of Frederic Ogden Nash, born in 1902. He was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, The New York Times said his "droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry". Ogden Nash wrote over 500 pieces of comic verse. More information about Nash and his poems on PoemHunter: Happy Birthday Ogden Nash!