In light of the sheer number of birthdays this week we will be going with a brief, “what are they best know for” write-up for our beloved authors. This is in no way meant to be a reflection on them or their work. It is only a reflection of this humble blogger, who regrettably only has so much time. Also, I skipped breakfast so I would like to be done in time for lunch.
Hunter S. Thompson (b. July 18, 1937, Louisville, KY; d. February 20, 2005, Woody Creek, CO)
“The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” Read more quotes here.
Best Known for: Reporting for Rolling Stone Magazine, inventing “gonzo journalism,” writing Hell’s Angels, The Rum Diary (made into a Johnny Depp movie), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (also made into a Johnny Depp movie), “drugs, alcohol, violence, [and] insanity”
For more on Hunter S. Thompson, click here.
Stephen Coonts (b. July 19, 1946, Buckhannon, WV)
“All really great flying adventures begin at dawn.” Find more quotes here.
Best Known for: Being a naval aviator in the Vietnam War, writing military, action, techno-thriller novels and creating the character Jack Grafton
For more information on Mr. Coonts and his books, click here.
Petrarch (b. July 20, 1304, Arezzo, Italy; d. July, 19, 1374, Arqua Petrarca, Italy)
“Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.” You can find more quotes here.
Best Known for: Being a Renaissance scholar and poet, beginning the humanist philosophical movement as well as the concept of the “Dark Ages,” writing Canzoniere, Trionfi and Africa
For more information on Petrarch, click here.
Cormac McCarthy (b. July 20, 1933, Providence, RI)
“My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That’s heaven. That’s gold, and anything else is just a waste of time.” More McCarthy quotes here.
Best Known for: Being named Cormac (seriously, how many other Cormacs do you know?), winning the MacArthur Genius Grant, being one of the most respected American novelists of the last 50 years, writing Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses (movie), No Country for Old Men (movie) and The Road (another movie), and… oh yeah, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
For information on Cormac McCarthy and his books you can go to his website, here.
Ernest Hemingway (b. July 21, 1899, Oak Park, IL; d. July 2, 1961, Ketchum, ID)
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” Read more quotes here.
Best Known for: Fighting in multiple wars, living it up in Paris, going on safari and in general leading a life of adventure and being the model of modern masculinity; he also wrote The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize for Literature for his efforts – not too shabby
For more on Ernest Hemingway, click here.
Raymond Chandler (b. July 23, 1888, Chicago, IL; d. March 26, 1959, La Jolla, CA)
“I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won’t let himself get snotty about it.” You can find more quotes here.
Best Known for: Being an oil executive that lost his livelihood during the great depression and had to turn to writing detective stories to make a living, co-authoring several Hollywood screenplays (including the Oscar-nominated Double Indemnity), creating the character Philip Marlowe (later played by Humphrey Bogart), and writing several masterpieces of the hard-boiled detective genre, including The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The Little Sister and The Long Goodbye
For more Chandler information, click here.