February 3rd’s Literary Birthdays

Some of the world’s most beloved authors were born on February 3rd. What better way to pay tribute and honor their contributions than to read their books on the anniversary of their birth?

Happy birthday to these authors born today, February 3rd!




Horace Greeley

Horace Greeley

Born February 3, 1811 just outside of Amherst, New Hampshire, Horace Greeley was the founder of the New York Tribune. Passionate about politics, Greeley was a Congressman and ran (unsuccessfully) 1against Ulysses S. Grant in the 1872 presidential election.

Horace Greeley passed away on November 28, 1872 at the age of 61. His books include An Overland Journey from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859 and Recollections of a Busy Life.


Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier was born February 3, 1842, in Macon, Georgia. He was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War, a school teacher, and a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University. An acclaimed author, poet, and musician, Sidney Lanier died September 7, 1881. His cottage in Macon, Georgia is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notable works include The Boy’s King Arthur and The Boy’s Mabinogion, as well as numerous poetic works.


Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein

Born in 1874 in Alleghany, Pennsylvania, Gertrude Stein is a novelist, playwright, art collector, and poet. She attended Radcliffe and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before moving to Paris and spending time there during the war. In fact, her time spent in Nazi-occupied France was the subject of much controversy.

Known for books such as Q.E.D., Fernhurst, and Three Lives, Gertrude Stein passed away on July 27, 1946 at the age of 72, her life partner Alice Toklas was at her side.


Clarence Mulford

Clarence Mulford

Best known for his Western novels, Clarence Mulford was born February 3, 1883, in Streator, Illinois. His Hopalong Cassidy novels were adapted into radio and television programs and on the movie screen.


James Michener

James Michener

James Albert Michener was born February 3, 1907. An adoptee, he didn’t know anything about his birth parents, or where he was born. However, he was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Michener was an educator, editor, and fought in World War II while in the Navy. It was during his travels while in the Navy that provided the inspiration for Tales of the South Pacific. He also ran unsuccessfully for Congress 1962 and was a member of the Electoral College in 1967-68.

James Michener is best known for his sweeping epic novels including Alaska, Hawaii, Chesapeake, and Texas. He was 90 when he passed away on October 16, 1997.


Richard Yates

Richard Yates

Born February 3, 1926, in Yonkers, New York,  Richard Yates was a novelist best known for Revolutionary Road. In addition to writing novels, Yates was a journalist, speechwriter, and screenwriter. He passed away on November 7, 1992.


Joan Lowery Nixon

Joan Lowery Nixon

Born on February 3, 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon is best known for authoring historic fiction novels. Nixon wrote more than 140 books and is the recipient of several literary awards including four Edgar Allan Poe Awards, The California Young Reader Medal, and The Western Writers of America’s Golden Spur Award. Her books include The Other Side of Dark, A Family Apart, and A Place to Belong.


Paul Auster

Paul Auster

Born in 1946 in Newark, NJ, Paul Auster is an author and director. As a director he won the Independent Spirit Award for Smoke. Auster is also the recipient for many literary awards including The John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence, NYC Literary Honors, and The Morton Dauwen Zabel Award. Notable works include The New York Trilogy, Oracle Night and The Brooklyn Follies.


Kati Marton

Kati Marton

Kati Marton was born in Hungary in 1949. Her impressive journalism career includes working as a correspondent for ABC and NPR, and working with committees such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, and New America Foundation. Awards for her work include the Rebekah Kohut Humanitarian Award, the Matrix Award for Women Who Change the World, and the George Foster Peabody Award, among others. She is the author of many books including True Believer: Stalin’s Last Spy, Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, and Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America.


Megan McCafferty

Megan McCafferty

Bestselling author, Megan McCafferty, was born in 1973 in Berkely Township, NJ. Before becoming a novelist, McCarrerty worked as an editor for Cosmopolitan, YM, and Fitness magazines. She’s best known for her Jessica Darling series for teens.


Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs

Writer and filmmaker, Ransom Riggs, was born in 1979 in Maryland but grew up in Florida. He majored in English Lit at Kenyon College and film at USC. Riggs is best known for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which was adapted to film last year.


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