Revised Literary Birthdays – August 16 – 22

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August 16

Charles Bukowski (born August 16, 1920) – German-American poet, novelist

Read the Wikipedia article about Charles Bukowski

Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels, eventually having over 60 books in print. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a “laureate of American lowlife.”

August 17

Gene (Geneva) Stratton-Porter (born August 17, 1863) – U.S. novelist, essayist, naturalist – Freckles (1904)

Read more about Stratton-Porter’s life and works here:

Read A Girl of the Limberlost online

August 18

Elsa Morante Elsa Morante (born August 18, 1912) – Italian novelist, poet, short story writer – La Storia / History: A Novel (1974)

Read about Elsa Morante in this book review of
Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante

Read Robert Boyers’ critique of Elsa Morante’s literary work:

Brian Aldiss
Brian Aldiss (born August 18, 1925) – U.K. science fiction writer – Helliconia Spring (Volume 1 of the Helliconia Trilogy)

Brian Aldiss talks about the Helliconia Trilogy:

August 19

Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash (born August 19, 1902) – U.S. poet – “The Guppy” in Selected Poetry of Ogden Nash

Whales have calves,
Cats have kittens,
Bears have cubs,
Bats have bittens,

Swans have cygnets,
Seals have puppies,
But guppies just have
little guppies.

Read a biography/poems of Ogden Nash here

Jerzy Andrzejewski (born August 19, 1909) – Polish novelist – Ashes and Diamonds (1948)

Read the Wikipedia article about Jerzy Andrzejewski

Read excerpts from Ashes and Diamonds online

August 20

Isaac Hayes (born August 20, 1942) – U.S. singer/songwriter/actor –
Soul Man (written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter)

Soul Man

Coming to you, on a dusty road
Good loving, I got a truck load
And when you get it, you got something
So don’t worry, ’cause I’m coming

I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
Got what I got, the hard way
and I’ll make better, each and every day

So honey, hey, don’t you fret
’cause you ain’t seen nothing yet
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man

I was brought up, on a side street
Learned how to love, before I could eat
Hey, I was educated, from good, good stock
When I start loving I just can’t stop

I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man
Grab the rope, and I’ll pull you in
Give you hope, and be your only boyfriend
Ya, ya ya ya!
I’m a soul man, I’m a soul man

Listen to the Theme from Shaft

H. P.(Howard Phillips) Lovecraft (born August 20, 1890) – U.S. fantasy/horror novelist, short story writer – “The Dunwich Horror” (1929)

H.P. Lovecraft

Watch a 1933 interview with H.P. Lovecraft here

“I propose that my work was intended to fill the gap in the place which was occupied in years past by religion. In that vacuum, we must entertain ourselves. Imaginative creations are our faith now.”

August 21

Jules Michelet (born August 21, 1798) – French historian – History of France
Jules Michelet

(Isadore) Friz Freleng (born August 21, 1906) – U.S. cartoon animator/director – The Pink Panther

Read about Friz Freleng here and here

August 22

Irmtraud Morgner
Irmtraud Morgner (born August 22, 1933) – German novelist (socialist realism & magical realism) – The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice as Chronicled by Her Minstrel Laura

Read more about Irmtraud Morgner’s writings here:

August 23

Ephraim Kishon Ephraim Kishon (born August 23, 1924) – Israeli humorist, screenwriter, playwright, columnist – My Family Right or Wrong (book); Sallah Shabati (1964 film)

Read about Ephraim Kishon:

Watch a clip from a film written and directed by Kishon (and starring Topol): Salla Shabati

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