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      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!

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      Born in Iowa, James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was a famous poet and writer, specializing in children's stories.

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    Today is the birthday Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990). He was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot, and screenwriter. Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of Acting wing commander. Learn more about Dahl and read his poems: Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

    Today is the birthday of David Herbert Lawrence (1885 – 1930). He was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. His collected works, among other things, represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Learn more about Lawrence and read his poems: Happy Birthday David Herbert Lawrence!

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