20 Author Birthdays to Celebrate in January

Posted by Marie on January 03, 2018


Today, we're raising a glass to some of the world's most beloved authors born in January, including J.R.R. Tolkien who took us 'there and back again' with iconic favorites including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien will be sharing his birthday cake with other notable celebrants, including J.D. Salinger, Virginia Woolf, Haruki Murakami, and Zora Neale Hurston. So break out your party hats and wish your favorite author a happy birthday in the comments!

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E.M. Forster
(January 1, 1879)

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J.D. Salinger
(January 1, 1919)

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Isaac Asimov
(January 2, 1920)

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J.R.R. Tolkien
(January 3, 1892)

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E.L. Doctorow
(January 6, 1931)

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Zora Neale Hurston
(January 7, 1891)

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Wilkie Collins
(January 8, 1824)

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Philippa Gregory
(January 9, 1954)

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Jack London
(January 12, 1876)

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Haruki Murakami
(January 12, 1949)

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David Mitchell
(January 12, 1969)

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Susan Sontag
(January 16, 1933)

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Anne Brontë
(January 17, 1820)

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A. A. Milne
(January 18, 1882)

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Edgar Allan Poe
(January 19, 1809)

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Patricia Highsmith
(January 19, 1921)

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Edith Wharton
(January 24, 1862)

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Virginia Woolf
(January 25, 1882)

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Anton Chekhov
(January 29, 1860)

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Norman Mailer
(January 31, 1923)

Do you have another favorite author who has a birthday this month? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Swanston Andrew Swanston 19 January


message 2: by Uppity (new)

Uppity Nerd Elvis, Bowie, and Stephen Hawkins were born on January 8. ;)


message 3: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Happy 125th birthday, Tolkien! Thanks for writing my favorite book of all time. <3


message 4: by Bara (new)

Bara You have two cover pictures of Poe's works. The second is paired with Anton Chekhov. I believe one of his own plays would be more appropriate, don't you think? *wink*


message 5: by Geekinprogress (new)

Geekinprogress Seanan McGuire.


message 6: by Anita (new)

Anita I guess it's appropriate that I've finally resolved to read Lord of the Rings this month!


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan Kristen wrote: "Happy 125th birthday, Tolkien! Thanks for writing my favorite book of all time. <3"

126th birthday, actually.


message 9: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Megan wrote: "Kristen wrote: "Happy 125th birthday, Tolkien! Thanks for writing my favorite book of all time.

126th birthday, actually."


127th birthday, actually. After all, the day he was born must count as a birthday. :)


message 10: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Jaye Oh, this is cool. I seem to share my birthday with J.D. Salinger!


message 11: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta Shame on me for not knowing Tolkien's birthday! Many happy returns, JRR - you made me who I am.

I hope the Wilkie Collins book I ordered arrives in time for me to start reading it on the 8th.


message 12: by Quoleena (new)

Quoleena Sbrocca I share my bday with Isaac Asimov! Loving this list of Capricorn [and Aquarius] authors.


message 13: by SkyReader (new)

SkyReader Anita wrote: "I guess it's appropriate that I've finally resolved to read Lord of the Rings this month!"

! it took me years, and got lost in the story so many times, but it was worth it ^^


message 14: by Ethan (new)

Ethan Anderson I'll need to reread The Tell-Tale Heart on January 19th. Favorite spooky story of all time!


message 15: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Of these authors I've read works by nine of them: Poe, Woolf, Salinger, Murakami, Milne, London, Tolkien, Wharton and Collins. Two of these authors I did not care for: Tolkien and Murakami. Of the authors on the list I've not read, I have books on my Kindle to read by Highsmith, Mailer and Chekhov. I do want to read Asimov, Doctorow, Hurston and Forster. Even though it's a cliche, there's so many books and so little time!


message 16: by Pedramlove (new)

Pedramlove lije .. .


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