March Born Authors

March Born Authors

Discover information about authors that were born in March, from Ralph Ellison born on the first, through to Anna Sewell born on the thirtieth.

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1st March 1914 – Ralph Ellison, author of ‘Invisible Man‘ was born at 407 East First Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA to Lewis Alfred Ellison and Ida Millsap. His father died when Ralph was only a little boy, but had hopes of his son becoming a poet. In 1953 he won the National Book Award (annual U.S. literary award). He died aged 80 from Pancreatic Cancer on the 16th April 1994, in New York City, New York, USA. “Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”

2nd March 1904 – Dr Seuss (born Theodor Seuss Geisel), author of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘ was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA to Theodor Robert and Henrietta (Nee Seuss) Geisel. His father used to run the family brewery until it was closed down due to prohibition. He attended Lincoln College at Oxford University, UK, but left without earning a degree and returned to the United States, where he began submitting his writings and drawings, hoping to be discovered. His first drawings published were in The Saturday Evening Post magazine. He died aged 87 from oral cancer in La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

2nd March 1942 – John Irving, author of ‘The Cider House Rules‘ was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA to Helen Frances and John Wallace Blunt, Sr. He never met his biological father as his parent split whilst his mother was pregnant with him. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Colin Franklin Newell Irving. His writing career began at the age of 26. “Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with will of its own.

7th March 1963 – E L James, author of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘ was born in Willesden, Middlesex, UK to her Chilean mother and Scottish father. She studied history at the University of Kent, before becoming a studio manager’s assistant at the National Film and Television School. “If you’ve been married for 400 years, as I have, it’s nice to experience first love again and you can vicariously through a book.”

8th March 1859 – Kenneth Grahame, author of ‘The Wind in the Willows‘ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was five years old his mother died and his siblings and himself were subsequently looked after by their Grandmother in the village of Cookham in Berkshire. In 1879 he began working for the Bank of England, and rose through the ranks, retiring as its Secretary in 1908 due to ill health. In 1899 Kenneth married Elspeth Thomson and they had one child, Alastair. The stories which he told his son at bedtime were the foundations for his children’s books. He died aged 73 from intracerebral hemorrhage on the 6th July 1932 in Pangbourne, Berkshire, UK. “Secrets had an immense attraction to him, because he never could keep one”.

11th March 1952 – Douglas Adams, author of ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy‘ was born in Cambridge, UK to Janet and Christopher Douglas Adams. In 1974 he graduated in with a B.A. in English literature from St John’s College, University of Cambridge. After finishing University he returned to London, where he was discovered by Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. The title for his best selling work, ‘The HitchHikers Guide’ came to him whilst he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, gazing at the stars. He died from a heart attack aged 49 on the 11th May 2001 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. “I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer”

12th March 1922 – Jack Kerouac (Jean-Louis Kérouac), author of ‘The Town and the City‘ was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA to Léo-Alcide Kéroack and Gabrielle-Ange Lévesque. His book ‘Visions of Gerard’ was written about his brother Gerald who died aged nine from rheumatic fever, when Jack was just four years old. Jack believed his brother was his guardian angel. He died aged 47 from internal hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis on 21st October 1969 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. He is buried at Edson Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts. “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”

19th March 1933 – Philip Roth, author of ‘American Pastoral‘ was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA to Bess and Herman Roth. Before becoming an author, Roth served two years in the US Army, and wrote movie reviews for The New Republic. He died aged 85 from congestive heart failure on 22nd May 2018 in Manhattan, New York, USA. He is buried at the Bard College Cemetery in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA. “Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.”

19th March 1916 – Irving Wallace, author of ‘The Man‘ was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA to Bessie Liss and Alexander Wallace. Wallace first began to sell his stories as a teenager to magazines, before enlisting in the US army and serving in he Second World War, alongside author Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) and director Frank Capra. He was a Hollywood screenwriter before becoming a full-time author. He died aged 74 from pancreatic cancer on the 29th June 1990 in Los Angeles, California, USA. “To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.”

20th March 1937 – Lois Lowry, author of ‘Anastasia Krupnik‘ was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA to Katherine Gordon Landis and Robert E. Hammersberg. She has won two Newbery Medals and has an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Brown University. “Pretending doesn’t keep you safe.”

22nd March 1908 – Louis L’Amour, author of ‘The Walking Drum‘ was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA to Emily Dearborn LaMoore and Dr. Louis Charles LaMoore. He served in the US Army as a Lieutenant with the 362nd Quartermaster Truck Company during the Second World War. Before and during the war, L’Amour wrote short stories for magazines. He won numerous awards, including, Congressional Gold Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, North Dakota’s Roughrider Award, and National Book Award 1979 in the Western Category. He died aged 80 from lung cancer on the 10th June 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA. “Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”

26th March 1911 – Tennesse Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams III), author of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘ was born in Colombus, Mississippi, USA to Edwina and Cornelius Coffin Williams. He is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. He died at the Hotel Elyséein in his suite aged 71 on 25th February 1983 in New York City, New York, USA. The medical report states that he died from chocking on the plastic cap of a bottle. “What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.”

30th March 1820 – Anna Sewell, author of ‘Black Beauty‘ was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK to Mary Wright Sewell (Author) and Isaac Phillip Sewell. At the age of 14, Sewell slipped and severely injured her ankles. This cause her problems for the rest of her life, unable to stand without the aid of a crutch, nor walk far. She sold her only novel, Black Beauty, the year before she died to a publisher in London for just £40, it was published shortly before her death. She died aged 58 from either hepatitis or tuberculosis on the 25th April 1878 in Old Catton, Norfolk, UK. “It is good people who make good places.”

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