This October has an extraordinary number of literary anniversaries of famous writers and novelists. Keep on top of them with help from Lebrecht Author Pictures.
3 October 1925 – birth anniversary of American writer Gore Vidal
7 October 1915 – birth anniverary of Soviet poet Margarita Aliger, whose work was deeply affected by the times she lived in and tragically killed herself shortly after a brief return to Russia in 1991, after living abroad for twenty years.
7 October 1935 – birth anniversary of Booker Prize winning novelist Thomas Keneally
8 October 1945 – death anniversary of Felix Salten, the Austrian creator of Bambi, who sold the film rights to the American director Sidney Franklin for only $1,000.
10 October 1985 – death anniversary of American writer, actor and director Orson Welles
10 October 1930 – birth anniversary of playwright Harold Pinter, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.
11 October 1885 – birth anniversary of French author Francois Mauriac
14 October 1960 – death anniversary of Sigurd Hoel, Norwegian author
14 October 1940 – death anniversary of Australian novelist Helen de Guerry Simpson
15 October 1905 – birth anniversary of English novelist and scientist C.P. Snow, famous for his series Strangers and Brothers
17 October 1915 – birth anniversary of American playwright Arthur Miller
18 October 1955 – death anniversary of Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and essayist
20 October 1940 – birthday of Jean Clair, essayist and art historian
22 October 1995 – death anniversary of English novelist and poet Kingsley Amis
24 October 1915 – birth anniversary of Marghanita Laski, English novelist and journalist
25 October 1915 – death anniversary of Paul Ernest Hervieu, French novelist and playwright
26 October 1925 – birth anniversary of Dutch author and artist Jan Wolkers
26 October 1890 – death anniversary of Carlo Collodi, Italian author of Pinocchio
27 October 1975 – birthday of prize-winning British novelist Zadie Smith
27 October 1845 – birth anniversary of British author and poet William Canton, best known for his book The Invisible Playmate: A Story of the Unseen (1894), written after the death of his 10 year old daughter
27 October 1950 – birthday of English author A.N. Wilson.
30 October 1885 – birth anniversary of American poet Ezra Pound, a major figure in the Modernist movement and controversial for his involvement with Fascist Italy during the Second World War
30 October 1825 – birth anniversary of English poet and philanthropist Adelaide Anne Procter
31 October 1795 – birth anniversary of English Romantic poet John Keats
31 October 1920 – birth anniversary of Dick Francis, British crime writer and steeplechase jockey.