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Literary People On This Day - May 15
International Day of Families

A celebration of writers and writing on this day through history.

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David Farland

David Farland is the pseudonym used by Dave Wolverton for his fantasy writing. Farland is best known for his Runelords fantasy series of which The Sum of All Men is the first novel. More about David Farland Books

Other authors to have made their mark on May 15

Born

1689 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English author and playwright d. 1762
1817 Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher and author d. 1905
1854 Ioannis Psycharis, Ukrainian-French philologist and author d. 1929
1856 L. Frank Baum, American journalist and author d. 1919
1862 Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian author and playwright d. 1931
1890 Katherine Anne Porter, American journalist and author d. 1980
1891 Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian author and playwright d. 1940
1901 Xavier Herbert, Australian author d. 1984
1904 Clifton Fadiman, American game show host and author d. 1999
1911 Max Frisch, Swiss author and playwright d. 1991
1915 Hilda Bernstein, English-South African author and activist d. 2006
1922 Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese nun and author
1926 Anthony Shaffer, English author, playwright, and screenwriter d. 2001
1926 Peter Shaffer, English playwright and screenwriter
1929 George Selden, American author d. 1989
1935 Akihiro Miwa, Japanese singer, actor, director, composer, and author
1936 Paul Zindel, American author, playwright, and educator d. 2003
1938 Nancy Garden, American author d. 2014
1957 Meg Gardiner, American-English author and academic
1967 Laura Hillenbrand, American journalist and author
1974 Matthew Sadler, English chess player and author

Died

1886 Emily Dickinson, American poet and author b. 1830
1945 Charles Williams, English author, poet, and critic b. 1886
1954 William March, American soldier and author b. 1893
1980 Gordon Prange, American historian and author b. 1910
1986 Theodore H. White, American historian, journalist, and author b. 1915
1989 Luc Lacourciere, Canadian ethnographer and author b. 1910
1991 Amadou Hampate Ba, Malian ethnologist and author b. 1901
2012 Jean Craighead George, American author b. 1919
2012 Arno Lustiger, German historian and author b. 1924
2015 Elisabeth Bing, German-American physical therapist and author b. 1914

Other events through the years on May 15

1970

A runaway freight train rolled about 70 miles through Ohio with no one aboard before a railroad employee jumped onto the locomotive and brought it to a stop.

Literary and other important events that occurred on this day in May

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Contents of this page

Fiction

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Crime Fiction

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Short Stories

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Thrillers

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Science Fiction

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Fantasy

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Horror

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Children's Books

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Anthropology

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Art Books

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Biography and Autobiography

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Business

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Computer and Technology

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Correspondence

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Drama

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Environment and Nature

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Essays

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Food & Drink

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Gardening

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Health

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History

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Humour

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Irish Interest

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Literary Criticism

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Military History

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Music

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Occult

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Philosophy

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Poetry

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Politics

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Religion

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Science Books

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Sociology Books

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Sport

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Travel & Language

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True Crime

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Unexplained Phenomenon

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Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction books are, undoubtably, among the best fiction books of all the fiction genres. Detective fiction is everywhere. Crime movies are very popular in the cinema and on television in a variety of mini-series. Almost every author seems to want to try their hand.

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Authors include Colin Bateman, Michael Connelly, Colin Dexter, Peter James, Stieg Larsson and Patrick Suskind
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Short Stories

Short Story writing is one of the broadest kinds around. The only common feature is that the stories are usually fiction, and even that may not always be the case. There are an abundent number of collections and anthologies to choose from. And there are the stallworths, authors who specialise in the short story. Almost every author has a go at the short story because they can feature ideas that would not work as well in a longer form. There is something about the immediacy of the short story that is not in the novel. No long build up and introduction to characters. Just straight in.

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Authors include Monica Ali, Joseph Conrad, Guy de Maupassant, Anne Enright, Aldous Huxley and Bryan MacMahon.
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Thrillers

Thrillers are one of the most popular categories of books. It is the thrill-of-the-chase. Will the hapless hero come good in the end? Will the fair maiden be saved? What is the fate of the Earth?

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Authors include Dan Brown, Paul Carson, Lee Child, Allan Folsom, John Grisham and Stephen Leather.
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Science Fiction

Science Fiction introduces us to possibilities. It is the world of the future, a world that has the potential to come about. The only thing standing in the way is technology. If someone told you forty years ago that there would be driverless cars you would have thought them crazy. But we are on the cusp. There is no guarantee that they will be used by most people but the possibility is there. The Internet was predicted in a science fiction novel. Now it is reality. So open up to the possibilities of the future and then just wait.

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Authors include Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov, Iain M Banks, Arthur C Clarke, and Frederik Pohl.
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Fantasy

Fantasy books are for dreamers. What is wrong with a dream? It was dreamers that brought civilisation to the world. Perhaps it is not exactly what the dreamers contemplated, but it is a far cry from what was there before. The creative process that sees the chance of building or making something new is unique to man on the scale that humans have achieved. At least as far as we know at this time. But the dream was the starting point. The authors in this section have this ability to dream in abundence.

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Authors include L A Banks, Ian Irvine, Morgan Llywelyn, Anne McCaffrey and Michael Moorcock and Philip Pullman
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Horror

Horror fiction is enthralling, dark and scary. A horror book is a not-put-down book. It encapsulates the promise of a fantasy or a romance to lull you into a false sense of security. Then it grips you with the twist of a thriller and won't let you go until you have been through the wringer of emotions. Some have happy endings, some are dark, but you never know until the very last page. And tempting as it is to sneak a look you are still too caught up withthe here and now to look. And perhaps a little scared too.

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Authors include Clive Barker, Laurell K Hamilton , Charlaine Harris, Stephen King, H P Lovecraft and Darren Shan.
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Children's Books

Children's Books. Enlightening, entertaining and educational. The theory is that if it is fun it is not work. The authors here are masters of getting the good stuff in when you don't notice it. Roddy Doyle can be rude at times, but he is also filling you with creative ideas. Roald Dahl is keeping you busy with theatrics and unusual behaviour but letting you know how best to behave, even though it is a bit naughty.

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Authors include Melvin Burgess, Trevor J Colgan, Roald Dahl, Roddy Doyle, Terry Jones, and R L Stine.
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Non Fiction

Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans in a societal sense in both the past and the present circumstances. There are branches of anthropology, social, cultural, linguistic and biological, all studying different aspects of human behaviour in their own surroundings. Robert Ardrey is an exponent of biological anthropology. Desmond Morris works on cultural anthropology and explains how humans and animals behave in relation to other humans and other animals. Laurens van der Post questions how humans fit into the surroundings of a world where humans and animals must co-exist in order for it to continue at all.

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Authors include Robert Ardrey, Desmond Morris and Laurens Van Der Post.
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Art Books

Art Books comprises art history, art appreciation and art instruction. Here we have G C Arcan writing about the Renaissance period of art, Douglas Cooper writing on Paul Klee and Donald Sasson gives us an in depth view on the Mona Lisa. Henk J van den Berg is also featured with his Dutch views. For beginners wanting to experiment we have Watercolour and Sketching for Beginners.

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Authors include G C Argan, Henk J van den Berg, Douglas Cooper, Parragon and Donald Sassoon
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Biography & Autobiography

Biography & Autobiography includes a wide vista of works on people from Literature, music, entertainment, politics, the sciences, in fact almost every subject you can think of. There are books about President Barak Obama, actor James Dean, comedians Peter Kay and Griff Rhys Jones and many more.

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Authors include Paul Alexander, John Bryson, Jung Chang, Peter Kay, Barrack Obama, and Robert Sabbag
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Business

Business books tell us how business works and how it sometimes does not work. Here we have examples of Ryanair and Wall-Mart and some excellent writing on business practices by eminent businessmen.

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Authors include H W Brands, Siobhan Creaton, Charles Fishman, Charles Handy, J Christopher Holloway and Tom Peters
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Computer & Technology

Computer & Technology The Cyber world explained and examined. Books on the effects of computer technology, hacking, and a look at one of the early exponents of the computer worls, IBM.

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Authors include Edward Feigenbaum and Pamela McCorduck, Katie Hafner and John Markoff, Steven Levy, Jacques Maisonrouge and Lou Mobley and Kate McKeown
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Correspondence

Correspondence is how we relate to each other. Communication through letters has always been popular, even if nowadays it happens more often in the cloud. Here are some correspondences between some very well known people which gives us an insight into their lives that we otherwise would not be able to get.

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Authors include Guy de la Bedoyere, Ursula Doyle, Olga Kenyon, September Strindberg and James Thurber.
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Drama

Here we have books on the theatre, acting and screenplays.

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Authors include Anton Chekhov, Gill Foreman, Brian Friel, Sean McCann, Neil Jordan and Paul Laverty
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Environment & Nature

The environment is possibly the most important issue we face today. It is the issue that we cannot afford to get wrong. The consequences are far too great to take the environment and nature lightly. Here we have some of the world's best writers on the subject to enlighten us.

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Authors include J Bentley Aistrop, Thomas Berry, Vitus B Droscher, David Icke, Jack Rudloe and Barbara Ward and Rene Dubos.
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Essays

There are famous essays and famous essayists. Here we have some famous essaysists and some not so famous essayists. Anthony Burgess would have been known for his outspoken personality. His journalism and essays speak for themselves. Tim Parks delivers more an autobiographical style, writng about everyday things. Kurt Vonnegut Jr takes a poke at consumerism as he describes Galapagos. Tom Wolfe takes a more political stance as he percieves how the establishment are dealing with the new kids on the block.

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Authors include Anthony Burgess, Tim Parks, Terry Prone, Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Tom Wolfe.
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Food & Drink

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Authors include Mrs Beeton, Carol Bowen and Anne Mason.
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Gardening

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Books include Dictionary of Annual Plants.
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Health

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Authors include Dr Sarah Brewer, Allen Carr, Viktor E Frankl, Joan Geraghty, Patrick Holford and Dr Jean Kirkpatrick.
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History

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Authors include Geoffrey Ashe, Antony Beevor, Nicholas Bethell, Dee Brown, Thomas B Costain and Tom Holland.
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Humour

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Authors include Scott Adams, Jasper Carrott, Jeremy Clarkson, Harvey Kurtzman, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly and Terry Wogan.
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Irish Interest

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Authors include Gerry Adams, Sally Belfrage, Damian Corless, Bryan Fanning, Alice Taylor and John Waters
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Literary Criticism

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Books include Writers on Writing by Walter Allen, Jean-Paul Sartre: His Philosophy by Rene Lafarge, Margaret Drabble, Dark Sun by Graham Hough, Jean-Paul Sartre: His Philosophy by Rene Lafarge and Shaw and the Nineteenth Century Theatre by Martin Miesel.
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Military History

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Books include Convoy by Paul Kemp, Apache Dawn by Damien Lewis, Andy McNab, A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan.
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Music

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Authors include Stand and Deliver by Adam Ant, Out of This World by Mark Beaumont, Essential Elton by Spencer Bright, From Pieces to Weight by 50 Cent, John Peel A Life in Music by Michael Heatley and Paul Weller
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Occult

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Books include Gems and Crystals For Beginners by Kristyna Arcarti, The Zelator by David Ovason.
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Philosophy

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Authors include Pascal by Jacques Chevalier, Sonas - Celtic Thoughts on Happiness by Catherine Conlon, Taking Flight by Anthony de Mello, Tibetan Book of the Dead ed. by Francesca Fremantle, From Beginning to End by Robert Fulghum and Sun_Tzu
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Poetry

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Poets include Frances Astor, Pam Ayres, John Betjeman, Paul Durcan Fintan Murphy and Rathmines Writers
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Politics

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Authors include Benjamin R Barber,Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, James Connolly, Robin Cook and Michael Moore.
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Religion

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Authors include J M Allegro, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, G K Chesterton, Teilhard de Chardin and Peter de Rosa.
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Science Books

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Authors include John Stewart Collis, Richard Dawkins, Richard P Feynman, Martin Gardner, James Gleick and Stephen Hawking.
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Sociology Books

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Authors include Fergal Keane, Oscar Lewis, Vance Packard, Jeremy Paxman, Alexandra Robbins and Alvin Toffler.
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Sport

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Authors include Bjorn Borg, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Breandan O'hEithir and J P R Williams.
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Travel & Language

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Authors include Bill Bryson, Peter Mayle, Dervla Murphy, Eric Newby and Jonathan Raban.
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True Crime

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Authors include Vincent Bulgliosi, James Fox, Val McDermid, Ann Rule, Howard Sounes and Paul Williams.
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Unexplained Phenomenon

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Authors and books include Keith Charles, Paranormal Ireland by Dara de Faoite, Timothy Good, Herbert B Greenhouse and Jenny Randles.
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