August Literary Birthdays

“Hesitate in August
Be shy
Let your toes tremble in their sandals . . .”
(Anne Sexton)

Summer’s half over and it’s time for the AUGUST birthdays to take center stage!  We have two special family ones—-and maybe it’s your birthday month, too.  If so, look who you are sharing it with—-big names this month–what a party it will be!

***Special birthday greetings to P.L. Travers–thank you so much for Mary Poppins.  My copy below is a nice old one, with charming illustrations by Mary Shepard.

August 1     Herman Melville  (Moby Dick–easy to read–chapters are like 3 pages long)
August 2    James Baldwin
August 3    Rupert Brooke and P.D. James (where are my P.D. James books?)
August 6    Alfred Lord Tennyson
August 8    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Sara Teasdale
August 9    P.L. Travers
August 11   Charlotte Mary Yonge (on a “to read someday” list)
August 12  Edith Hamilton (I have her Mythology writings somewhere,) and Mary Roberts Rinehart (known in our family as “we didn’t know then”—foreshadowing galore)

August 15  Edna Ferber (my mother used to reread “Ice Palace” every summer to stay cool)
August 15   is also Sir Walter Scott’s birthday (don’t get me started on Ivanhoe)
August 19   Ogden Nash
August 20  H.P. Lovecraft
August 22  Dorothy Parker ( ask me about her martini poem)
August 24  Robert Herrick
August 25  Bret Harte
August 27  Theodore Dreiser  (reread An American Tragedy in August!!)
August 30  Mary W. Shelley
August 31  William Saroyan


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