January Born Authors

January Born Authors

Discover information about authors that were born in January, from J.D Salinger born on the first, through to Norman Mailer born on the thirty-first.

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1st January 1919 – Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger, author of ‘The Catcher in the Rye‘ was born in Manhattan, New York, USA. He was the youngest child of Sol and Marie (Miriam) Salinger. He married three times and had two children. He died aged 91 on 27th January 2010 from natural causes at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire, USA. “I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

3rd January 1892 – John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien, author of ‘The Hobbit‘ was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa to Arthur Reuel and Mabel Tolkien. He married Edith Bratt in 1916, together they had four children. He died aged 81 from a bleeding ulcer and chest infection on 2nd September 1973 in Bournemouth, UK. “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.

6th January 1942 – Vicki Lee Lansky (nee Rogosin), author of ‘Feed Me, I’m Yours‘ was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Vicki married twice and had two children. She died aged 75 from cirrhosis on 15th January 2017 in Plymouth, Minnesota, USA.

7th January 1928 – William Peter Blatty, author of ‘The Exorcist‘ was born in New York, USA to Mary and Peter Blatty. William married four times and had seven children. He died aged 89 in hospital from multiple myeloma on 12th January 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. “Would you like to hear a nice definition of jealousy? It’s the feeling that you get when someone you absolutely detest is having a wonderful time without you.

8th January 1942 – Stephen Hawking, author of ‘A Brief History of Time‘ was born in Oxford, UK to Frank and Isobel Hawking. He has been married twice and has three children. He has received numerous awards and honours over the years including the Fundamental Physics Prize. He died aged 76 at his home in Cambridge, UK on 14th March 2018. “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining

13th January 1926 0 Thomas Michael Bond AKA Michael Bond, Author of ‘A Bear Called Paddington‘ was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK. He left education aged just 14 and worked in a solicitors office and then as an engineer, before joining the RAF (Discharged because of Air Sickness). He married twice and had two children. He was awarded an OBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2015. He died aged 91 on 27th June 2017 in London, UK. “Paddington is very polite in a world where people have become more selfish

14th January 1832 – Horatio Alger Jr, author of ‘The Young Bank Messenger‘ was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA to Horatio Alger SR and Olive. He died aged 67 on 18th July 1899 at his sister’s house in South Natick, Massachusetts, USA. “The institution of chivalry forms one of the most remarkable features in the history of the Middle Ages.

17th January 1820 – Anne Brontë, author ‘Agnes Grey‘ was born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, UK. She died aged 29 on 28th May 1849 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK. “There is always a ‘but’ in this imperfect world.

18th January 1882 – A.A. Milne, author of ‘Winnie-the-Pooh‘ was born in Hampstead, London, UK. He died aged 74 on 31st January 1956 at his home in Hartfield, East Sussex, UK. “To the uneducated an A is just three sticks.

19th January 1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, author of ‘The Raven‘ was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He died aged 40 in Washington Medical College on 7th October 1849 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The actually cause of death is unknown as all his medical records, including his death certificate were lost. He died a few hours after being found wandering the streets of Baltimore, delirious and wearing clothes that weren’t his. There was speculation at the time that he had been the victim of cooping. “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

24th January 1937 – Edith Wharton (nee Edith Newbold Jones), author of ‘The Buccaneers‘ was born in New York City, New York, USA. She died aged 75 from a stroke at her home on 11th August 1937 in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France, two months after suffering a heart attack. Edith was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be The candle or the mirror that reflects it.

25th January 1882 – Virginia Woolf (nee Adeline Virginia Stephen), author of ‘Mrs Dalloway‘ was born in Kensington, London, UK. She died aged 59 on 28th March 1941 in the River Ouse, Sussex, UK. Virginia committed suicide by drowning herself after falling into a deep depression. Her cremated remains were buried beneath an elm tree in the garden of Monk’s House, where she lived with her husband. “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

27th January 1832 – Charles Lutwidge Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll, author of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‘ was born in Daresbury, Cheshire, UK. He died aged 65 from Pneumonia on 14th January 1898 in Guildford, Surrey, UK at his sister’s home. He is buried in Mount cemetery, Guildford. “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.

31st January 1872 – Zane Grey, author of ‘The Lone Star Ranger‘ was born in Zanesville, Ohio, USA. He died aged 67 at his home from heart failure on 23rd October 1939 in Altadena, California, USA. “Instinct may not be greater than reason, but it’s a million years older. Don’t fight your instincts so hard. If they were not good the God of Creation would not have given them to you.

31st January 1923 – Norman Mailer, author of ‘The Fight‘ was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. He died aged 84 from acute renal failure on 10th November 2007 in Manhattan, New York, USA. Norman won the Pulitzer Prize twice for both his fictional and non-fictional work. He is buried in Provincetown Cemetery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA. “The more things you own, the more things you need to keep you comfortable.


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