Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) was born in Charlottsville, VA on August 18, 1774. Read Orrin's review of Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (1996)(Stephen E. Ambrose) (Grade: A-)
V.S. [Vidiadhar) Surajprasad] Naipaul (1932-) was born in Trinidad on August 17, 1932. Read Orrin's reviews of A House for Mr. Biswas (1961) (Grade: B-) and A Bend in the River (1979) (Grade: C)
Davy Crockett (1786-1836) was born in Eastern TN on August 17, 1786; of course, he died at the Alamo.
One of the saddest days of my life was when a kid threw my coonskin cap in our local brook in 2nd Grade.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1887-1940), who began the back to Africa movement, was born in St. Ann's Bay , Jamaica on August 17, 1887.
Maureen O'Hara (1920-) was born in Dublin, IRE on August 17, 1920. Hollywood's all time most fabulous babe, she appears in numerous great movies including:
The Quiet Man (1952), How Green Was My Valley (1941) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was born in Andernach, GER on August 16, 1920.
Menachem Begin (1913-92) was born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia on August 16, 1913. He and Anwar Sadat shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978.
Ted Hughes (1930-98) was born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, ENG on August 16, 1930. Read Orrin's review of The
Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights (1968) (Grade: B+)
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was born in Ajaccio, Corsica on August 15, 1769. Brothers Judd recommends the biography Napoleon Bonaparte by Alan Schom.
Robert Bolt (1924-95) was born in Manchester, ENG on August 15, 1924. Read Orrin's review ofA Man for All Seasons (1960)(Grade: A+)
Steve Martin (1945-) was born in Waco TX on August 14, 1945.
Read Orrin's review of Shopgirl: A Novella (2000) (Grade: C)
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born in London, ENG on August 13, 1899. By any measure, he is one of the great movie directors of all time, Brothers Judd especially recommends: Vertigo and The 39 Steps, both available at Amazon's Hitchcock Centennial site.
[William] Ben Hogan (1912-97) was born in Stephenville, TX on August 13, 1912. Read Orrin's review of Power Golf (1948)
William Goldman (1931-) was born in Highland Park, IL on August 12, 1931. Read Orrin's review of The Princess Bride : S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The 'Good Parts' Version, Abridged (1973)
Alex Haley (1921-92) was born in Ithaca, NY on August 11, 1921. In addition to the bestseller Roots (1976), he was
the coauthor of The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)(see Orrin's review; Grade: A+)
Andre Dubus (1936-99) was born in Lake Charles, LA on August 11, 1936. Read Orrin's review of Selected Stories (1988) (Grade: A) & try his online story If They Knew Yvonne.
Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964), 31st President of the United States and the first born west of the Mississippi, was born in West Branch, IA on August 10, 1874.
Izaac Walton (1593-1683), was born in Stafford, ENG on August 9, 1593. He wrote the first great treatise on fishing, The Compleat Angler.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953), author of the Pulitzer Prize winning classic The Yearling (1938), was born in Washington, DC on August 8, 1896.
August 8 is Benny Carter's birthday. The remarkable multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger/bandleader/quiet-but-effective
civil rights leader was born in NYC in 1907 and died in 2003, so this would have been #98. Until my collection of his music is completed, the following CD's give a good overview of his music:
Montreux Live - 1977
More about Carter can be found in the definitive biography Benny Carter - A Life in American Music, or in an essay contained in Gary Giddins' "Weather Bird" collection of essays
Ann Beattie (1947-) was born on August 7, 1947. Read Orrin's review of Love
Always (1985)(Grade: A)
Unbreakable (2000) (directed by M. Night [Manoj Nelliyattu] Shyamalan 1970-) Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan was born in Pondicherry, India on August 6 1970.
Conrad Aiken (1899-1973) was born in Savannah, GA on August 5, 1899.
Guy de Maupassant (1850-93) was born near Dieppe, France on August 5, 1850.
John Huston (1906-1987) was born in Nevada, MO on August 5, 1906. The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Asphalt Jungle and The Man Who Would Be King are just a few of his classic movies.
Neil Armstrong (1930-) was born in Wapakoneta, OH on August 5, 1930. Read Orrin's review of The
Right Stuff (1979)(Tom Wolfe 1931-) (Grade: A+)
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was born near Horsham, ENG on August 4, 1792. Brothers Judd particularly recommends Ozymandias.
Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) was born on Garmo, Norway on August 4, 1859. Read Orrin's review of Hunger (1890)
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong (1900-1971) was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1900. The most influential figure in the history of Jazz and one of the most significant influences in 20th Century popular music, he was also a pivotal and controversial figure in the fight for Civil Rights. Brothers Judd jazz contributor Glenn Dryfoos recommends The Louis Armstrong Collection, Vol. 4: Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines
Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) was born on August 3, 1887. One of the celebrated group of WWI poets, check out his Collected
poems. I can't find it off hand, but the poem with "dulce et decorum est pro patria morii" was on our SAT's.
P.D. [Phyllis Dorothy] James (1920-) was born in Oxford, ENG on August 3, 1920. Read Orrin's review of An
Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972) (Grade: B+)
Ernie Pyle (1900-45) was born in Dana, IN on August 3, 1900.
James Baldwin (1924-87) was born in New York, NY on August 2, 1924. Read Orrin's review of Go Tell it on the Mountain
Myrna Loy (1905-93), one of the all-time hotties, was born in Raidersburg, MT on August 2, 1905. Brothers Judd particularly recommends The Thin Man (1934), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) and The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
Herman Melville (1819-91) was born in New York, NY on August 1, 1819. Read
Orrin's reviews of Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (1853) (Grade: A-) & Billy Budd, Foretopman (1891) (Herman Melville 1819 - 1891) (Grade: A)
Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) was born in Frederick County, MD on August 1, 1779. He wrote The Star Spangled Banner on September 14, 1814 about the American flag that remained flying over Fort McHenry despite a whithering British bombardment.
William Clark (1770-1838) was born in Caroline County, VA on August 1, 1770. Read Orrin's review of Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (1996)(Stephen E. Ambrose 1936-) (Grade: A-)
Richard Henry Dana (1815-82) was born in Cambridge, MA on August 1, 1815.
Madison Smartt Bell (1957-) was born in Nashville, TN on August 1, 1957. Read Orrin's review of All Soul's Rising (1995)
Milton Friedman (1912-) was born in New York, NY on July 31, 1912. Author of such pivotal free market texts as A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960 with Anna J. Schwartz (1963), Capitalism and Freedom (1964) and Free to Choose (1981) , he won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1976.
Bronte (1818-48) was born in Yorkshire, ENG on July 30, 1818.
Archer Mayor (1950-), author of the Vermont based Joe Gunther mystery series, was born in Mount Kisco, NY on July 30, 1950.
Edwin O'Connor (1918-68) was born in Providence, RI on July 29, 1918. Read Orrin's review of The Last Hurrah (1956) (Grade: A+)
Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) was born in Indianapolis, IN on July 29, 1869. Read Orrin's review of The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) (Grade: A)
Chester Himes (1909-84), creator of Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, was born in Jefferson City, MO on July 29, 1909. Read Orrin's review of
The Crazy Kill (1959) (Grade: B)
Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-59) was born in Paris, FR on July 29, 1805. Read Orrin's review of The Old Regime and the French Revolution (1856)(Grade: B+)
Fearing (1902-61) was born in Oak Park, IL on July 28, 1902.
Read Orrin's review of The
Big Clock (1946) (Grade: A)
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902), was born outside of London, ENG on July 28, 1866
Manley Hopkins (1844-88) was born in Essex, ENG on July 28, 1844.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) was born in Geneva, Switzerland on June
28, 1712. Read our comments on The Social