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December Literary Birthdays


HENRY MILLER
December 26, 1891 - June 7, 1980

Henry Miller was born December 26, 1891 in New York, New York. During his first year of life, Miller's family moved to Brooklyn, where the whole of his childhood was spent. In 1909, Miller graduated from high school and entered City College of New York where he stayed for only two months. Not being able to bear the academic routine, Miller went to work at a variety of jobs. Everything from a cab driver to librarian. In 1917, Miller met and married the first of five wives, Beatrice Sylvas Wickens, with whom he has one child. Miller took a job with Western Union telegraph service in 1920 where his first endeavor into writing took place.

Some of his works:
A Devil in Paradise
Black Spring
Nexus
Plexus
Sexus
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
The Colossus of Maroussi
The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
The Time of the Assassins
The Wisdom of the Heart
Tropic of Cancer
Tropic of Capricorn
Under the Roofs of Paris


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German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
U.S. writer Joan Didion (1934)
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Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather (1876)
Japanese poet Yosano Akiko (1878)
Anglo-Irish writer Joyce Cary (1888)
M.I.T. linguist and leftist Noam Chomsky (1928)
Poet John Milton (1608)
Poet Emily Dickinson (1830)
Egyptian novelist, playwright, and short-story writer Naguib Mahfouz (1911)
Russian writer and 1970 Nobelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918)
French novelist Gustave Flaubert (1821)
English playwright John Osborne (1929)
Controversial Irish writer Edna O'Brien (1932)
English novelist Jane Austen (1775)
Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana (1863)
Futurist Arthur C. Clarke (1917)
Chicago-born writer Philip K. Dick (1928)
English novelist, critic, biographer, and editor Ford Madox Ford (1873)
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