LitBirthdays April 1 – 7, 2012

April is

Poetry Writing



Jazz Appreciation


April 1

Born April 1

John Wilmot (2nd Earl of Rochester) (b. 1647) – British poet

Susan Boyle (b. 1961) – U.K. singer

Milan Kundera (b. 1929) – Czech-French novelist

Edmond Rostand (b. 1868) – French playwright, poet

April 2

Born April 2

Joanna Chmielewska (Irena Kuhn) (b. 1932) – Polish detective fiction, screenwriter, essayist

Émile François Zola (b. 1840) – French novelist

April 3

Born April 3

Herb Caen (b. 1916) – U.S. newspaper columnist

Washington Irving (b. 1783) – U.S. poet, short story writer, essayist

Unni Lindell (b. 1957) – Norwegian novelist, poet, children’s book writer

April 4

Andrei Tarkovsky (Андрей Тарковский) (b. 1932) – Russian filmmaker – Solaris (1972)

Read about Andrei Tarkovsky here

“I cannot help but ask why they persecute me so,” said the internationally renowned Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky in 1984, when he was seeking political asylum. The U.S.S.R. — whose authorities, he said, “spat on my soul” — paid no heed to his requests to remain abroad for work and, he said, had only let him make six feature-length films over the course of nearly 25 years.

Read more here

Watch Tarkovsky’s 1958 film-school student film, based on Hemingway’s short story “The Killers”

Read the short story by Ernest Hemingway here

Born April 4

Maya Angelou (b. 1928) – U.S. poet, autobiographer, playwright

April 5

Born April 5

Amalia Guglielminetti (b. 1885) – Italian poet, playwright, novelist

Booker T. Washington (b. 1856) – U.S. educator, author

April 6

Born April 6

Leonora Carrington (b. 1917) – U.K. surrealist artist and writer

Lowell Thomas (b. 1892) – U.S. newsman, broadcaster, author

April 7

Born April 7

Daniel Ellsberg (b. 1931) – U.S. decision theorist, military analyst

 Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga) (b. 1889) – Chilean poet, Nobel Prize for Literature winner (1945)


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