July Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all of the creative people born in July under the zodiac signs of Leo and Cancer! This month seems to have a high rate of births for artistic and literary types. We, as readers, have been the beneficiary of the great works of the following July babies:

Herman Hesse was born July 2, 1877 in Calw, Wurttemberg Germany. Most famous for the novel, “Steppenwolf”published in 1927, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.

Franz Kafka was born July 3, 1883 in Prague. This author of short stories and essays is well known for the 1933 publication, “Metamorphosis”. It is the bizarre story of a man who wakes one morning to find he has been changed into a worm-like creature.

E(lwyn) B(rooks) White was born July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. He developed a long-time association with the New Yorker magazine. He is the noted author of children’s classics, “Stuart Little” c. 1945, “Charlotte’s Web” c. 1952 and “The Trumpet of the Swan” c. 1970.

Henry David Thoreau was born July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a Harvard graduate and close friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson. His iconic work, “Walden, or Life in the Woods” was first published in 1854.

Ernest Hemingway was born July 21, 1889 in Oak Park, Chicago Illinois. His various careers included ambulance driver during WWI, and traveling correspondent for the Toronto Star Weekly. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in 1954, he is the author of, “The Sun Also Rises” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.

Alexandre Dumas was born July 24, 1802 in Villers-Cotterets. This novelist and playwright is most well-known for writing, “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Three Musketeers”.

Aldus Huxley was born July 26, 1894 in Surrey, England. He wrote novels such as, “Brave New World”, several essays and was also editor of the magazine, “Oxford Poetry”. His personal interests included parapsychology and mysticism.

(Helen) Beatrix Potter was born July 28, 1866 in Kensington, London. She is the author and illustrator of several children’s books including, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. It was originally written to entertain the children of her ex-governess and was published in 1900 with expanded graphics.

And last but not least, J(oanne) K(athleen) Rowling was born July 31, 1965 in Avon, England. This former teacher of English and French wrote the now famous series of seven Harry Potter titles. She was unemployed at the time, divorced and dependent on Social Security to provide for her young daughter. She is currently listed by Forbes magazine as being one of only 14 self-made women in the world to amass a personal fortune of more than $1 billion dollars.

To find a work by any of the above listed authors, visit your local library online at http://www.guernseycountylibrary.com or visit any of the three convenient locations.

Happy Reading!