Category Archives: Writer Birthdays

My Beckett: Alone Together

By | April 13, 2019

Guest post by Arka Chattopadhyay 13th April is Samuel Beckett’s birthday. This date takes me back in time to my undergraduate days. I was an English literature student in Presidency College, Kolkata, India. It was there in 2004 that my obsession with the Nobel Prize winning Irish writer Samuel Beckett began. Yes, let me call… Read More »

Happy birthday, Samuel Beckett!

By | April 13, 2019

Guest post by Dirk Van Hulle and Pim Verhulst Samuel Beckett came into the world on 13 April 1906. Not only was it a Friday the 13th, it was also a Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Christian Church commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary. To the superstitiously-minded, any life… Read More »

Happy birthday, Flannery O’Connor!

By | March 25, 2019

Guest post by Jordan Cofer This March 25th marks Flannery O’Connor’s 94th birthday and if you’re near Savannah, Georgia, Flannery O’Connor’s birth place, you could join the Flannery O’Connor enthusiasts who line up each year in Lafayette Square for the Annual Flannery O’Connor Birthday Parade. They dress up as their favorite O’Connor characters and take… Read More »

Happy birthday, Bertolt Brecht!

By | February 10, 2019

Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898. To celebrate the 121st anniversary of his birth, Tom Kuhn explores some of his unfinished works. On Brecht’s birthday let’s remember how contentious, how provocative and just how contemporary his writings are! Most people know him above all as the author of The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage… Read More »

‘I’d better get cracking’: Author David Mitchell on turning 50

By | January 12, 2019

David Mitchell is the author of seven novels, including bestsellers Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks, and was born on 12th January 1969. To mark his 50th birthday, Rose Harris-Birtill sent him ten interview questions on his birthday wishes, his fictional alter-ego, and his next book. A huge… Read More »

On Lifetimes: David Mitchell’s Textual Avatars

By | January 12, 2019

David Mitchell is the author of seven novels, including bestsellers Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks, and was born on 12th January 1969. To celebrate his 50th birthday, Wendy Knepper and Courtney Hopf explore the connections between Mitchell and his characters. In the interview with David Mitchell that… Read More »

Pattern and Change: David Mitchell’s Protean Fiction

By | January 12, 2019

David Mitchell is the author of seven novels, including bestsellers Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks, and was born on 12th January 1969. In honor of his 50th birthday, Patrick O’Donnell reflects on Mitchell’s imaginative storytelling. Like David Mitchell, I’ve always been fascinated by writers who create multiple… Read More »

“The rot began before the war”: Rebecca West’s Sunflower and the Failure of British Liberalism

By | December 21, 2018

Rebecca West was born on December 21, 1892. To celebrate the 126th anniversary of her birth, Laura Cowan explores one of her unfinished and posthumously published works. This recognition of West (née Cicely Isabel Fairfield) closely coincides with the centennial of the World War I Armistice on 11 November 1918, a topic central to West’s unfinished… Read More »

Happy birthday, Don DeLillo!

By | November 20, 2018

Don DeLillo was born on November 20, 1936. To celebrate his 81st birthday, Katherine Da Cunha Lewin reflects on his engagement with 21st century issues throughout his writings. In an interview with Professor Peter Boxall, contained in our new volume Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, Don DeLillo ends the exchange with four lyrical lines in which… Read More »

Happy birthday, Katherine Mansfield!

By | October 14, 2018

Katherine Mansfield was born on October 14, 1888. To celebrate the 130th anniversary of her birth, Todd Martin explores Mansfield’s relationship to the Bloomsbury Group and her place in literary modernism. In one of the reviews of the first edition of Katherine Mansfield and the Bloomsbury Group, the reviewer – commenting that the book was… Read More »