1728 – Oliver Goldsmith, English playwright (d. 1774)
1759 – Friedrich von Schiller, German writer (d. 1805)
1871 – Winston Churchill, American novelist (d. 1947)
1879 – Vachel Lindsay, American poet (d. 1931)
1913 – Karl Shapiro, American poet, Pulitzer Prize-winner in 1945 is born(d. 2000).
1929 – William E. Butterworth III aka WEB Griffin is born in N.J.
1960 – Neil Gaiman, English writer
lost n found • 400 year old John Gerard’s Herball or General History of Plantes found in New Jersey library basement.
banktoaster • Free books podcasts from Times Online, including Stephen King,k Doris Lessing, Rupert Everett.
not so public • Google blocks access for users outside the U.S. to public domain books.
road tripping • 87 year old Nobel prize winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Jose Garcia Marquez is to visit Iran in spring.
something new • from the NYRB John Leonard reviews two books by Doris Lessing, Time Bites: Views and Reviews and The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog
blog of note • Necessary Acts of Devotion blog has a nice little post about Playboy’s recent list of the 25 Sexiest Novels Ever Written.