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On This Day - July 03

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


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Francis King

Francis King was born in Adelboden, Switzerland on March 24, 1923 and died on July 3, 2011. Francis King was an English novelist and short story writer. Francis King was the chief book reviewer for the Daily Telegraph for 25 years and went on to be their theatre critic for a further 10 years. Waves Behind the Boat was published in 1967.


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Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley, England, on July 3, 1964. She is the author of the book Chocolatwhich was adapted to make the very popular film of the same name.


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Franz Kafka was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Kafka was born in the Czech Republic on July 3, 1883 and died on June 3, 1924. Metamorphosis And Other Stories is a set of his very best short stories.


Authors to have made their mark on July 03


1959 Julie Burchill, English journalist and author
1958 Charlie Higson, English actor, singer, and author
1948 Tarmo Koivisto, Finnish author and illustrator
1947 Dave Barry, American journalist and author
1946 Michael Shea, American author (d. 2014)
1938 Jean Aitchison author of The Articulate Mammal - An Introduction to Psycholinguistics
1937 Tom Stoppard renown dramatist
1928 Evelyn Anthony, English author (d. 2018)
1913 Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist, actress, and author (d. 1965)
1908 M. F. K. Fisher, American author (d. 1992)
1888 Ramón Gómez de la Serna, Spanish author and playwright (d. 1963)
1883 Franz Kafka, Czech-Austrian author (d. 1924)
1860 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American sociologist and author (d. 1935)
1530 Claude Fauchet, French historian and author (d. 1601)


2014 Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Ukrainian-American rabbi and author (b. 1924)
2013 Francis Ray, American author (b. 1944)
2009 Alauddin Al-Azad, Bangladeshi author and poet (b.1932)
2009 John Keel, American journalist and author (b. 1930)
2001 Mordecai Richler, Canadian author and screenwriter (b. 1931)
1999 Sydney Hopkins author of Mister God, This is Anna
1977 Alexander Volkov, Russian mathematician and author (b. 1891)
1908 Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist and author (b. 1845)
1888 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Vietnamese poet and author (b. 1822)
1795 Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French scholar and author (b. 1714)

Other events through the years on July 03


The lead singer of American rock group The Doors dies of heart failure in Paris, aged 27.

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