Literary Birthdays – August 9 – 15

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August 9

Izaak Walton (born August 9, 1593) – British writer – The Compleat Angler (1653) Izaak Walton

Read about Walton at the Author’s Calendar:

Excerpt from the first chapter of The Compleat Angler

Piscator: And now for the Water, the element that I trade in. The water is the eldest daughter of the creation, the element upon which the Spirit of God did first move, the element which God commanded to bring forth living creatures abundantly; and without which, those that inhabit the land, even all creatures that have breath in their nostrils, must suddenly return to putrefaction.

Moses, the great lawgiver and chief philosopher, skilled in all the learning of the Egyptians, who was called the friend of God, and knew the mind of the Almighty, names this element the first in the creation: this is the element upon which the Spirit of God did first move, and is the chief ingredient in the creation; many philosophers have made it to comprehend all the other elements, and most allow it the chiefest in the mixture of all living creatures.

Jean Piaget Jean Piaget (born August 9, 1896) – Swiss philosopher and developmental psychologist – The Moral Judgment of the Child (1932)

August 10

Abay Ibrahim Qunanbayuli (born August 10, 1845) – Kazakh poet, nationalist – Kazakh Poets: Abay Qunanbayuli

Read the Wikipedia article about Abay Qunanbayuli

Read more here


August 11

Jim Lee (born August 11, 1964) – Korean American comic creator – Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday (1999) Jim Lee

Jim Lee talks about his comic art in this Youtube video:

Alex Haley - Roots Alex Haley (born August 11,. 1921) – U.S. novelist – Roots (1976)

Watch this 1983 talk with / interview of Alex Haley

“You know what started me writing? Writing love letters for the guys on the ship I was on. They paid me a dollar a letter.”

Read the Authors Calendar biography of Alex Haley

August 12

George Soros (born August 12, 1930) – U.S. speculator, economist, author – The Alchemy of Finance (1994)

August 13

Amélie Nothomb* (born August 13, 1967) – Belgian novelist –  The Character of Rain Amelie Nothomb.PNG

Read a 2015 interview of Nothomb here

Interviewer: To what extent is the Amélie in your novels the real you?

Nothomb: The only difference between the Amélie of my novels and me is that I am far more anxious.

Read excerpts from The Character of Rain

By giving me an identity, the white chocolate had also provided me, as I’ve said, with a memory. I remember everything after February of 1970. There isn’t any point to remembering that which has no connection to pleasure. Memory is one of luxury’s most indispensable allies.

Nothomb explains her 2015 novel Le crime du comte Neville
at minute 7 (French language)

* Some Internet sources say Nothomb was born July 9, 1966.

Dan Fogelberg (born August 13, 1951) – U.S. singer/songwriter – “Changing Horses”

Listen to Dan Fogelberg perform Changing Horses (1973 – live)

August 14

Steve Martin

Steve Martin (born August 14, 1945) – U.S. stand-up comedian, screenwriter, novelist – The Pleasure of My Company

Have a laugh – see Steve Martin being interviewed
by Jonathan Ross in 1987:

Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel (born August 14, 1947) – U.S. novelist

Read about Danielle Steel in this 2008 New York Daily News article:

Gary Larson (born August 14, 1950) – U.S. cartoonist – The Far Side

Read more about Gary Larson and see some of his Far Side cartoons at StephHicks68 blog:

August 15

Sri Aurobindo – (born August 15, 1872) – Indian philosopher, mystic, poet – Savitri

Excerpt from chapter 23 of The Human Cycle
by Sri Aurobindo:

A change of this kind, the change from the mental and vital to the spiritual order of life, must necessarily be accomplished in the individual and in a great number of individuals before it can lay any effective hold upon the community. The Spirit in humanity discovers, develops, builds into form in the individual man; it is through the progressive and formative individual that it offers the discovery and the chance of a new self-creation to the mind of the race. … Thinkers, historians, sociologists who belittle the individual and would like to lose him in the mass or think of him chiefly as a cell, an atom, have got hold only of the obscurer side of the truth of Nature’s workings in humanity. It is because man is not like the material formations of Nature or like the animal, because she intends in him a more and more conscious evolution, that individuality is so much developed in him and so absolutely important and indispensable.

Read excerpts from The Human Cycle online

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