Friday, March 02, 2007

Author Birthdays

March 2

Dr. Suess (Theodore Geisel)

Writer and illustrator of children's books, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at Dartmouth College, NH, did postgraduate work at Oxford and the Sorbonne, worked as an illustrator and humorist for US periodicals, then became a writer and animator in Hollywood, settling in La Jolla, CA. He wrote the screenplay for the award-winning animated cartoon Gerald McBoing Boing (1950). His famous series of ‘Beginner Books’ started with The Cat in the Hat (1957) and Yertle the Turtle (1958). By 1970, 30 million copies had been sold in the USA, and Seuss had become synonymous with learning to read. His books for adults include You're Only Old Once! (1986) and Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990).

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John Irving

Writer, born in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA. He studied at the universities of New Hampshire (1965 BA), Iowa (1967 MFA), Pittsburgh (1961–2), and Vienna (Austria) (1963–4), and went on to teach at Mount Holyoke (1967–72), the University of Iowa (1972–5), and at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Middlebury, VT. His first three novels received little attention, but he made his name with The World According To Garp (1978, filmed 1982). He is considered an inventive writer who combined elements of tragedy and antic comedy. He is also widely praised for several later novels, including The Hotel New Hampshire (1981, filmed 1984), The Cider House Rules (1985, filmed 1999, Oscar), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), A Widow for One Year (1998), and Until I Find You (2005). In 1999 appeared My Movie Business: A Memoir.

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