William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry) (b. September 11, 1862, Greensboro, NC; d. June 5, 1910, New York, NY)
“Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man’s starving!” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: The Gifts of the Magi and his other short fiction
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence (aka D.H. Lawrence) (b. September 11, 1885, Eastwood, UK; d. March 2, 1930, Vence, France)
“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” You can find more quotes here.
What you should read: Lady Chatterly’s Lover and Sons and Lovers
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Sherwood Anderson (b. September 13, 1876, Camden, OH; d. March 8, 1941, Colón, Panama)
“If people did not want their stories told, it would be better for them to keep away from me.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: Winesburg, Ohio
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Roald Dahl (b. September 13, 1916, Cardiff, United Kingdom; d. November 23, 1990, Oxford, United Kingdom)
“I find that the only way to make my characters really interesting to children is to exaggerate all their good or bad qualities, and so if a person is nasty or bad or cruel, you make them very nasty, very bad, very cruel. If they are ugly, you make them extremely ugly. That, I think, is fun and makes an impact.” Read more quotes here.
What you should read: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG
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John Knowles (b. September 16, 1926, Fairmont, WV; d. November 29, 2001, Fort Lauderdale, FL)
“There are simply more young people than there ever were. You get this feeling of strength. Also, large numbers can be a drawback, making it difficult to lose one’s anonymity.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: A Separate Peace
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Robert B. Parker (b. September 17, 1932, Springfield, MA; d. January 18, 2010, Cambridge, MA)
“College had little effect on me. I’d have been the same writer if I’d gone to MIT, except I’d have flunked out sooner.” You can find more quotes here.
What you should read: Night Passage, The Godwulf Manuscript, Family Honor and Appaloosa
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Ken Kesey (b. September 17, 1935, La Junta, CO; d. November 10, 2001, Eugene, OR)
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” Find more quotes here.
What you should read: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
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