Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 1892 – March also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu. In she was awarded the NobelPrize in Literature, "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.
Mary Shepard Knox (1909-2000) was the illustrator of the 7 Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers. Travers visited the Shepard home in hopes that E.H. Shepard, Mary's father and illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books and the original "Wind in the Willows," could illustrate the first M.P. book. He was too busy, but while there, she saw a Christmas card that 23-year-old Mary had drawn. Despite her age and recent graduation from art school, Travers hired her despite her publisher's misgivings.
Travers, the Australian-born writer who spent most of her life in England best known for her "Mary Poppins" books, was born on this date in she died in 1996 at the age of What is your favorite "Mary Poppins" book? Photo courtesy of AP.
Well, some writers must have an ivory tower but I need trouble. - Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.----If you loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, try Maggie-Now. It is another treasure by Betty Smith.
"Samuel Dashiell Hammett - was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op.
One of the major figures in American literary history, Edith Wharton presented intriguing insights into the American experience. Author of more than 40 volumes--novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction--Wharton had a long and remarkable life.