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Anniversaries - January 19, 2020

It is 99 years today since Patricia Highsmith was born.

Patricia Highsmith was an American author born in Fort Worth, Texas, as Mary Patricia Plangman. Both parents were artists who worked with illustrations and advertising. They separated before Highsmith was born, and her mother married Stanley Highsmith in 1924. The family moved to New York in 1927, a sad period for Highsmith. Her relationship with her mother was fraught and she did not get on...

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It is 211 years today since Edgar Allan Poe was born.

Edgar Allan Poe, born Edgar Poe, was an American author of Irish descent whose contribution to the horror, crime and fantasy fiction genres cannot be overestimated. He has been described as the father of the modern mystery novel and broke new ground in the field of horror and fantasy. Poe preferred to describe himself as a poet, and many of his poems are classics.
Poe was born in Boston,...

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Vigny, Alfred de
1797 - 1863

Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny, was a French author born in the town of Loches near Tours in central France as the son of a veteran of the Seven... Further reading

Smith, Zadie
1975 -

British author, born in London, where she grew up with two younger brothers and her parents in Kilburn and Willesden Green, two suburbs to the... Further reading

Noll, Ingrid
1935 -

The German author Ingrid Noll was born in Shanghai. Her parents had left Hessen for China where her father, a physician, was running a clinic.... Further reading

Allen, Grant
1848 - 1899

Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen was a British philosopher, natural scientist and journalist. His support for evolutionary theory, socialism,... Further reading