16 Author Birthdays to Celebrate in February

Posted by Marie on February 6, 2018


We have many literary luminaries to celebrate in February. Earlier this month marked the 116th birthday of American poet and activist, Langston Hughes, as well as the 136th birthday of Irish novelist and short story writer, James Joyce.

If Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens were still penning tales today, we’d like to think they would throw a joint shindig, while receiving toasts on beloved favorites like Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series and Dickens’ David Copperfield.

To top off the festivities, we included some of the most highly rated titles from other February-born writers below. Which ones have you read?

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Langston Hughes
(February 1, 1902)

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James Joyce
(February 2, 1882)

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Gertrude Stein
(February 3, 1874)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder
(February 7, 1867)

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Charles Dickens
(February 7, 1812)

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Kate Chopin
(February 8, 1850)

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John Grisham
(February 8, 1955)

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Alice Walker
(February 9, 1944)

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Judy Blume
(February 12, 1938)

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Frderick Douglass
(February 14, 1818*)

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Toni Morrison
(February 18, 1931)

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Amy Tan
(February 19, 1952)

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Edward Gorey
(February 22, 1925)

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Anthony Burgess
(February 25, 1917)

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Victor Hugo
(February 26, 1802)

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John Steinbeck
(February 27, 1902)

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

Check out more recent blogs:
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The 12 Most-Read New Books of the 2018 Reading Challenge


(*The exact date of Frederick Douglass' birthday is unknown, though sources claim he celebrated it on February 14.)

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message 1: by Joal (new)

Joal Derse Saving Sadie's mom has a birthday in February!


message 2: by Joal (new)

Joal Derse Happy birthday mommy! Wuf you!! Sadie


message 3: by Raven (new)

Raven Black February 11 1939 Jane Yolen
February 21 1903 Anaïs Nin
February 22 1892 Edna St. Vincent Millay


message 4: by Janice (new)

Janice President Reagan...my favorite President, did. I...miss...him.


message 5: by Kat (new)

Kat Jules Verne's birthday is on February 8th! Don't forget him.


message 6: by Janice (new)

Janice A great writer...loved 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


message 7: by Richard (new)

Richard Dame Muriel Spark... Feb 1, 1918. Happy 100th, Muriel!


message 8: by Konstantin (last edited Feb 07, 2018 07:32PM) (new)

Konstantin Kate Chopin Kate Chopin
Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein
Jacques Prévert Jacques Prévert
Betty Friedan Betty Friedan
Madame de Sevigne Madame de Sévigné
Christopher Marlowe Christopher Marlowe
John Grisham John Grisham
Boris Pasternak Boris Pasternak
Sidney Sheldon Sidney Sheldon
Thomas Campion Thomas Campion
Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Nikos Kazantzakis Nikos Kazantzakis
Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay
Samuel Pepys Samuel Pepys
Wilhelm Grimm Wilhelm Grimm
Lawrence Durrell Lawrence Durrell
Michel de Montaigne Michel de Montaigne


I have a feeling the list provided above should be expanded, at least for a couple more good books. :)


message 9: by Lexi (new)

Lexi I read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing about a million times when I was around 8-11


message 10: by Marina (new)

Marina Victor Hugo, love of my life !


message 11: by Konstantin (new)

Konstantin Ugh. I think the trolling like this should be removed. :/


message 12: by Melanie (new)

Melanie  Brinkman Marissa Meyer's on the 20th!


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