January 5

Birthdays: W.D. Snodgrass (1926), Umberto Eco (1932), Robert Kinloch Massie III (1929), Florence King (1936), Seanan McGuire (1978), Stella Gibbons (1902), Tananarive Due (1966), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846),

Quote: “I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” – Umberto Eco

W.D. Snodgrass won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “Heart’s Needle”
Tananarive Due won the 2002 American Book Award for her novel “The Living Blood”. She also teaches at UCLA.

Umberto Eco’s most famous English book is “The Name of the Rose” but he has written many more.

Robert Kinloch Massie III was an American journalist and historian. He devoted much of his career to studying and writing about the House of Romanov, Russia’s imperial family from 1613 to 1917. Massie was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Peter the Great: His Life and World. He also received awards for his book Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011).

In 2010, Seanan McGuire was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention. Her novella Every Heart a Doorway received the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella, the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella, and the 2017 Locus Award for Best Novella. In 2013, she received a record five Hugo nominations in total, two for works as Mira Grant and the other three under her own name.

Rudolf Eucken received the 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature “in recognition of his earnest search for truth, his penetrating power of thought, his wide range of vision, and the warmth and strength in presentation with which in his numerous works he has vindicated and developed an idealistic philosophy of life”,
I have to admit, I’m not very familiar with these authors as I’ve never read any of them. 😦

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