Author Birthdays – October ends, November begins

Oscar Wilde (b. October 16, 1854, Dublin, Ireland; d. November 30, 1900, Paris, France)

Look at this guy... How can he dress like that and still give off an air of being way cooler than you?“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest

For more information on Oscar Wilde and his exploits, click here.


Arthur Miller (b. October 17, 1915, New York City, NY; d. February 10, 2005, Roxbury, CT)

You will never see him and Superman in the same room together.“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: Death of a Salesman

For more information on Arthur Miller, click here.


John le Carre (aka David Cornwell) (b. October 19, 1931, Poole, UK)

Q?“A spy, like a writer, lives outside the mainstream population. He steals his experience through bribes and reconstructs it.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Night Manager and The Constant Gardener

For more information on John le Carre, click here.


Ursula K. LeGuin (b. October 21, 1929, Berkeley, CA)

She looks like she would be a really nice aunt.“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Lathe of Heaven and The Dispossessed

For more on Ursula K. LeGuin and her books, click here.


Carrie Fisher (b. October 21, 1956, Beverly Hills, CA)

I was this close to picking a picture of Princess Leia. This close.“I’m very sane about how crazy I am.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Princess Diarist

For more information on Carrie Fisher and her works, click here.



Timothy Leary (b. October 22, 1920, Springfield, MA; d. May 31, 1996, Beverly Hills, CA)

This is the sanest picture I could find.“We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

For more information on Timothy Leary and his views, click here.


Michael Crichton (b. October 23, 1942, Chicago, IL; d. November 4, 2008, Los Angeles, CA)

Very casual but I like the watch“Human beings never think for themselves; they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told – and become upset if they are exposed to any different view.” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: The Andromeda Strain, Sphere and Jurassic Park

For more on Michael Crichton and his books, click here.


Dylan Thomas (b. October 27, 1914, Swansea, UK; d. November 9, 1953, New York, NY)

I like the picture, but he has the same expression that I had in every picture that my mom took of me as a teenager“Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: “Do not go gentle into that good night” and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog

For more information on Dylan Thomas, click here.


Sylvia Plath (b. October 27, 1932, Boston, MA ; d. February 11, 1963, London, UK)

Like she's trying not to smile“One should be able to control and manipulate experiences with an informed and intelligent mind.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Bell Jar

For more information on Sylvia Plath, click here.


John Keats (b. October 31, 1795, London, UK; d. February 23, 1821, Rome, Italy)

His head must be heavy; he is holding it up in every portrait I could find“There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, “Endymion”,  and “The Eve of St. Agnes”

For more information on John Keats, click here.


Stephen Crane (b. November 1, 1871, Newark, NJ; d. June 5, 1900, Badenweiler, Germany)

That man is rocking that mustache“‘Think as I think,’ said a man, ‘ or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.’ And, after I thought of it, I said, ‘I will, then, be a toad.'” You can find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Red Badge of Courage

For more information on Stephen Crane, click here.


Sam Shepard (b. November 5, 1943, Fort Sheridan, IL)

How does he look rugged no matter what he does?“Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Cruising Paradise and Great Dream of Heaven

For more information on Sam Shepard, click here.


Albert Camus (b. November 7, 1913, Dréan, Algeria; d. January 4, 1960, Villeblevin, France)

Ladies and gentlemen, the French-Algerian James Dean“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: The Stranger, The Plague and The Fall

For more on Albert Camus, click here.


Bram Stoker (b. November 8, 1847, Dublin, Ireland; d. April 20, 1912, London, UK)

Huh. Less sinister looking than I would have thought.“How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Dracula

For more information on Bram Stoker, click here.


Margaret Mitchell (b. November 8, 1900, Atlanta, GA; d. August 16, 1949, Atlanta, GA)

I pictured her with longer hair“I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken – and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Gone with the Wind

For more information on Margaret Mitchell, click here.


Peter Weiss (b. November 8, 1916, Potsdam, Germany; d. May 10, 1982, Stockholm, Sweden)

German.“Once and for all, the idea of glorious victories won by the glorious army must be wiped out. Neither side is glorious. On either side they’re just frightened men messing their pants and they all want the same thing. Not to lie under the earth but to walk upon it – without crutches” Read more quotes here.

What you should read: The Aesthetics of Resistance 

For more on Peter Weiss, click here.


Carl Sagan (b. November 9, 1934, New York, NY; d. December 20, 1996, Seattle, WA)

Coolest. Scientist. Ever.“It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Cosmos, Contact, Pale Blue Dot, The Demon-Haunted World and Billions and Billions

For more information on Carl Sagan, click here.


Kurt Vonnegut (b. November 11, 1922, Indianapolis, IN; d. April 11, 2007, New York, NY)

Oh, Kurt.“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Slaughterhouse 5, Cat’s Cradle and Breakfast of Champions

For more information on Kurt Vonnegut, click here.


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