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P B Shelley
(One of the Epic Poets of the 19th Century)
P B Shelley
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Birthdate: August 4, 1792
Birthplace: Warnham, United Kingdom
Died: July 8, 1822
Legendary English Romantic poetry P.B. Shelley is remembered for his masterpieces such as Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark, and Prometheus Unbound. He was known for his poetic imagery, and his popularity soared after his premature death due to drowning while boating at age 29. 
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Charles Bukowski
(Poet and Author Known for His Work “Mockingbird Wish Me Luck,” and “Love Is a Dog from Hell”)
Charles Bukowski
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Birthdate: August 16, 1920
Birthplace: Andernach, Germany
Died: March 9, 1994

German-American poet and short story writer ,Charles Bukowski, addressed the ordinary lives of poor Americans in most of his works. Since his death, he has been the subject of many critical books and articles. His stories have inspired several films like Tales of Ordinary Madness, Crazy Love, and Factotum.

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Emily Brontë
(Novelist)
Emily Brontë
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Birthdate: July 30, 1818
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire
Died: December 19, 1848
Victorian novelist/poet Emily Brontë, also known as Ellis Bell, is best remembered for her iconic novel Wuthering Heights. Her book of poems, written with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, was titled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, highlighting their pseudonyms. She suffered from prolonged illness and died of tuberculosis.
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Ted Hughes
(Poet and Children's Writer)
Ted Hughes
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Birthdate: August 17, 1930
Birthplace: Mytholmroyd
Died: October 28, 1998
Poet and children’s author Ted Hughes is best remembered for his iconic poems The Hawk in the Rain, Birthday Letters, and Crow. He was married to poet Sylvia Plath, who eventually committed suicide at 30. Most people blamed him for mistreating Plath and indirectly causing her death.   
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Philip Larkin
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Birthdate: August 9, 1922
Birthplace: Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom
Died: December 2, 1985
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Robert Graves
(Poet & Novelist)
Robert Graves
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Birthdate: July 24, 1895
Birthplace: Wimbledon, England
Died: December 7, 1985
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Rupert Brooke
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Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: April 23, 1915
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Gerard Manley Hopkins
(Poet, Writer)
Gerard Manley Hopkins
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Birthdate: July 28, 1844
Birthplace: London
Died: June 8, 1889
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Alfred Lord Tennyson
(19th Century English Poet Who was the Poet Laureate During Much of Queen Victoria's Reign)
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Birthdate: August 6, 1809
Birthplace: Somersby, Lincolnshire, England
Died: October 6, 1892

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was a British poet. One of the most famous British poets of all time, Tennyson served as the Poet Laureate during Queen Victoria's reign. His poetry, which is renowned for its powerful visual imagery, served as an important influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English poets and painters.

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Herman Melville
(Novelist & Short Story Writer of the American Renaissance Period Best Known for His Works 'Moby-Dick' & 'Typee')
Herman Melville
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Birthdate: August 1, 1819
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 1891

Herman Melville was an American short story writer, novelist, and poet. One of his best-known works, Moby-Dick is widely regarded as one of the great American novels, although it did not garner much attention during his lifetime. Livyatan melvillei, a species of an extinct sperm whale, which was discovered in 2010, was named in his honor.  

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Misha Collins
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Castiel’ in the TV Series 'Supernatural')
Misha Collins
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Birthdate: August 20, 1974
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Misha Collins is best known for playing Castiel and other characters in the series Supernatural. He is also a poet and has co-authored a cookbook with his wife. He has established the charity Random Acts and the GISHWHES. He has also written an academic paper on the structure of shapes.
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Walter Scott
(Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake)
Walter Scott
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Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832

Walter Scott was a Scottish novelist, poet, historian, and playwright. Scott's ability as a writer and his knowledge of history made him a pioneering figure in the formation of the historical novel genre. An influential writer, many of his works remain classics of Scottish as well as English-language literature. Scott was admired by other prominent writers like Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

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Dorothy Parker
(American Poet, Critic & Satirist Who Was Known for Her Wit, Wisecracks, and Eye for 20th-Century Urban Foibles)
Dorothy Parker
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Birthdate: August 22, 1893
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 7, 1967

Poet and author Dorothy Parker rose to fame with her published works in The New Yorker. She later formed the Algonquin Round Table. She also wrote for Hollywood films such as A Star Is Born and earned two Academy Award nominations. However, her association with left-wing politics got her blacklisted.

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Francis Scott Key
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Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Birthplace: Frederick County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 11, 1843
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Sara Teasdale
(Poet, Writer)
Sara Teasdale
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Birthdate: August 8, 1884
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: January 29, 1933
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John Dryden
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Birthdate: August 9, 1631
Birthplace: Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England
Died: May 12, 1700
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Wendell Berry
(American Novelist, Poet and the First Living Writer to Be Inducted Into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame)
Wendell Berry
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Birthdate: August 5, 1934
Birthplace: Henry County
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Gulzar
(Lyricist)
Gulzar
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Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Birthplace: Dina, Punjab

Famed Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director Gulzar has been a major figure in Bollywood for over six decades. He started doing odd jobs as a teenager and eventually entered films, where he made a name for himself as a lyricist and screenwriter. He soon started directing films as well. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

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Ogden Nash
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Birthdate: August 19, 1902
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 19, 1971
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Jim Carroll
(Known for His 1978 Autobiographical Work ‘The Basketball Diaries')
Jim Carroll
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Birthdate: August 1, 1949
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: September 11, 2009

Punk musician and author Jim Carroll is best remembered for his autobiographical depiction of his struggle with drugs in his teenage years, The Basketball Diaries, which was later turned into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Part of The Jim Carroll Band, he was known for the single People Who Died.

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Knut Hamsun
(One of the Most Influential Norwegian Writers & Winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize in Literature.)
Knut Hamsun
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Birthdate: August 4, 1859
Birthplace: Lom Municipality, Norway
Died: February 19, 1952

Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, a leading figure of neo-romanticism, is best remembered for his novel Hunger, which narrated the tale of a starving writer. With little education, he had started his career as a shoemaker’s apprentice. He supported the Nazi occupation of Norway and was later imprisoned.

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Alexander Theroux
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Birthdate: August 17, 1939
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States
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Robert Southey
(Former poet of the Romantic school, and Poet laureate from 1813 until his death)
Robert Southey
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Birthdate: August 12, 1774
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 21, 1843
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Diana Wynne Jones
(Known for Writing Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Novels for Children and Young Adults)
Diana Wynne Jones
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Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 26, 2011

Diana Wynne Jones was an English writer who is known for  fantasy and speculative fiction novels for children and young adults.. She began writing stories for her siblings at the age of thirteen. However, she was actually introduced to children's literature while reading out to her sons, starting to write on her own once her children started going to school, authoring more than forty books in her lifetime.

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Warsan Shire
(Writer)
Warsan Shire
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Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Birthplace: Kenya
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Sri Aurobindo
(Philosopher, Spiritual Leader)
Sri Aurobindo
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Birthdate: August 15, 1872
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: December 5, 1950

Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, poet, yogi, teacher, and nationalist. He was one of the most influential leaders of the Indian independence movement before becoming a spiritual reformer, focusing on spiritual evolution and human progress. He is credited with founding the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which continues to serve spiritual aspirants from all over the world.

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Arlo Parks
(Singer-songwriter, Poet)
Arlo Parks
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Birthdate: August 9, 2000
Birthplace: London, England
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Radclyffe Hall
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Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Birthplace: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Died: October 7, 1943
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Elizabeth Siddal
(Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model)
Elizabeth Siddal
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Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862
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Katharine Lee Bates
(poet, writer, university teacher, songwriter)
Katharine Lee Bates
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Birthdate: August 12, 1859
Birthplace: Falmouth
Died: September 28, 1929
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Chris Marker
(Film producer, Film critic, Film director, Photographer, Artist, Screenwriter, Film editor, Television producer, Multimedia artist, Journalist, Cinematographer, Teacher, Poet)
Chris Marker
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Birthdate: July 29, 1921
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died: July 29, 2012

Chris Marker was a French photographer, writer, multimedia artist, film director, and film essayist. He is considered an exponent of the Left Bank subgroup of the French New Wave that came into existence in the 1950s and 1960s. After starting his career by working with members of the Left Bank Film Movement, Marker went on to help popularize the genre.

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John Ashbery
(Poet, Writer, University teacher, Journalist)
John Ashbery
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Birthdate: July 28, 1927
Birthplace: Rochester
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Edward James
(Poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement)
Edward James
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Birthdate: August 16, 1907
Birthplace: West Dean House, West Dean, Sussex, England
Died: December 2, 1984
Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
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Birthdate: July 24, 1878
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 25, 1957

Edward Plunkett was a talented Irish author, known for his fantasy novels such as The King of Elfland's Daughter. Initially educated at Eton and then at Sandhurst, he had also been part of the British Army in World War I. He also designed chess puzzles and was a keen hunter.

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Mary Gilmore
(Journalist, Poet, Writer)
Mary Gilmore
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Birthdate: August 16, 1865
Birthplace: Goulburn
Died: December 3, 1962

Mary Gilmore was an Australian writer and journalist. She wrote both prose and poetry and is recognized for her tremendous contribution to Australian literature. As a young woman, she became a school teacher and held utopian socialist views. She eventually started writing and gained fame as an author and poet later in life. 

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Paul Claudel
(Playwright, Poet, Diplomat, Writer, Diarist, Poet lawyer, Translator)
Paul Claudel
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Birthdate: August 6, 1868
Birthplace: Villeneuve-sur-Fère
Died: February 23, 1955

Born into a family of farmers, Paul Claudel grew up to join the foreign service of France, thus serving in places such as the US, China, and South America. While he traveled the world as a French ambassador to French ambassador, he also enriched French literature with his poems, essays, and plays.

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Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
(Grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, and a poet)
Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
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Birthdate: August 22, 1858
Birthplace: Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 15, 1915
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Sugawara Michizane
(Scholar and statesman)
Sugawara Michizane
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Birthdate: August 1, 0845
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Died: March 26, 0903

A court scholar, Sugawara Michizane had held various significant posts, such as the governor of Sanuki and the minister of the right. He redefined Chinese literature, particularly Kanshi poetry, but was later exiled to an island for suspected treason. He is revered as the deity of learning and literature, Tenman-Tenjin.

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E. Nesbit
(Author)
E. Nesbit
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Birthdate: August 15, 1858
Birthplace: Kennington, London, United Kingdom
Died: May 4, 1924
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François Fénelon
(Catholic Archbishop and the Author of 'The Adventures of Telemachus')
François Fénelon
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Birthdate: August 6, 1651
Birthplace: Sainte-Mondane, France
Died: January 7, 1715

François Fénelon was a French writer, poet, theologian, and Catholic archbishop. He is best remembered for his book The Adventures of Telemachus, which was published in 1699. François Fénelon also served as a tutor of Louis, Duke of Burgundy, guiding the character formation of Louis, Grand Dauphin's eldest son.

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Ed Sanders
(Musician, Writer)
Ed Sanders
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Birthdate: August 17, 1939
Birthplace: Kansas City
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Tongayi Chirisa
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Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
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Conrad Aiken
(Writer)
Conrad Aiken
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Birthdate: August 5, 1889
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: August 17, 1973
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Ernest Dowson
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Birthdate: August 2, 1867
Birthplace: Lee, England
Died: February 23, 1900
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Robert Hayden
(Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1978, a role today known as US Poet Laureate.)
Robert Hayden
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Birthdate: August 4, 1913
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 25, 1980
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Antonio Machado
(Poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98)
Antonio Machado
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Birthdate: July 26, 1875
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: February 22, 1939

A leading member of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98, Antonio Machado was a legendary poet and playwright. He was educated at the Sorbonne and had also taught French. A proponent of eternal poetry, he penned masterpieces such as Soledades and Campos de Castilla.

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Hugh MacDiarmid
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Birthdate: August 11, 1892
Birthplace: Langholm, Scotland
Died: September 9, 1978

Christopher Murray Grieve, better known by his pseudonym, Hugh MacDiarmid, was one of the pillars of the 20th-century Scottish literary renaissance. Initially a journalist, he later focused on writing poetry, but rejected English and wrote in "synthetic Scots" instead. His best-known work remains A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.

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Felice Bryant
(Musician)
Felice Bryant
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Birthdate: August 7, 1925
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 22, 2003
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Edgar Guest
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Birthdate: August 20, 1881
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: August 5, 1959
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Jose Garcia Villa
(Filipino Poet, Short Story Writer, Literary Critic, and Painter)
Jose Garcia Villa
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Birthdate: August 5, 1908
Birthplace: Manila
Died: February 7, 1997

Jose Garcia Villa was a Filipino poet, short story writer, literary critic, and painter. Nicknamed the Comma Poet, Villa is credited with introducing and popularizing the extensive usage of punctuation marks, especially commas, in poems. Over the course of his career, José García Villa received several honors and awards, including the Order of National Artists of the Philippines.