Literary Birthdays for February 27

There must be something literary in the air for people born on February 27! Some of the world’s most prestigious and beloved writers and authors were born on this day. Won’t you join us in wishing a happy birthday to today’s featured authors?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1807 – 1882

Born February 27, 1807, in Portland, Maine, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a celebrated American poet and educator. Considered one of the most popular poets in his day, Longfellow’s celebrated works include The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.

Laura E. Richards

1850 – 1943

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards was born February 27. 1850 in Boston, Massachusettes.  The author of more than 90 biographies, books of poetry and children’s books, Howe is the product of a notable family. Her father, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, was an abolitionist who founded the Perkins Institution and Massachusettes School for the Blind. Her mother, Julia Ward Howe, wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

In 1917 Richards won the Pulitzer Prize for Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, a biography she co-authored (with her sister) about her mother. Other notable works by Richards include Florence Nightingale and Tirra Lirra which won the Lewis Carroll Shelf award in 1959.

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Literary Birthdays for February 27

Angelina Weld Grimké

1880 – 1958



Angelina Weld Grimké was born February 27, 1880. in Boston, Massachusettes.  She was a journalist, playwright, poet and educator. In fact, Grimké was the first African-American woman and first bi-racial woman to have a play performed in public.

Angelina Weld Grimké is best known for her play Rachel: A Play in Three Acts.

John Steinbeck

1902 – 1968

Born in Salinas, California in 1902, John Steinbeck is one of American’s most beloved and acclaimed authors. Among his many awards are the Nobel Prize for Literature (1962), National Book Award (1940), New York Drama Critics Award for Best American Play (1938),  Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1940),  and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.

John Steinbeck’s novels include The Grapes of Wrath, Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, and The Red Pony, and other classics of American literature.

Peter DeVries

1910 – 1993

Born in 1927 in Chicago, Peter De Vries was an American satirist, novelist, and editor. He lent his wit The New Yorker from 1938-1944 providing cartoon captions and writing satirical stories. Books by De Vries include The Blood of the Lamb, Slouching Towards Kalamazoo, and The Tents of Wickedness.

Irwin Shaw

1913 – 1984

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Born in 1913, Irwin Shaw is known for his many works of writing including short stories, essays, plays, and novels. He’s best known for his bestselling novels The Young Lions and Rich Man, Poor Man


Lisa McMann

1968 –

Lisa McMann is an American author best known for her fantasy series The Unwanteds.

Alexandra Bracken

1987 –

New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken was born on February 27, 1987, Scottsdale, Arizona. She’s known for her Darkest Minds and Passengers series.

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