What better way to celebrate your literary heroes than with a birthday celebration? Here are some early October birthdays for renowned authors. You can search the Copley catalog for each of these authors’ names to find work by and about them. You can also search the database, Credo Reference, for biographical and critical information. All the biographical information in this piece was provided by Credo Reference Topics Pages; these are a fantastic source for quick, lay-of-the-land, information about a topic, person, place, or phenomenon. All the images below are from ArtStor, a wonderful image database. In our search of authors’ names, we found photographs and paintings of the authors, including self-portraits of a few, and images of their books and manuscripts. When using ArtStor, be sure to create your free account so you can download images for use in your papers and presentations.
Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925) wrote a great deal of historical fiction and essays, and contributed to the screenplay for the 1959 film adaptation of Ben Hur.
Ann Lane Petry (October 12, 1908) became the first African-American woman to write a novel selling over a million copies, in 1946 with The Street.
e.e. cummings (October 14, 1894), an early 20th-century poet, whose first publication was a novelized account of time spent in a French prison during World War I.
Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932), an American poet and novelist, passed away in 1963 after sharing with us her Colossus and The Bell Jar.
Join us this month in celebrating the work and lives of some of your favorite authors! If you need help looking into an author or authors, please get in touch with us through our Ask A Librarian page!