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 1 H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 20, 1890
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: March 15, 1937

HP Lovecraft was a writer of weird and horror fiction and is known for his creation of Cthulhu Mythos, which has inspired a large body of games and music. His stories focused on his interpretation of humanity's place in the universe. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime, but is now considered a significant 20th-century author of supernatural horror fiction.

 2 James Baldwin

James Baldwin
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 1, 1987

Amongst the greatest writers of the 20th century and a leading literary voice in the civil rights movement, James Baldwin extensively explored issues like race, sexuality and humanity in his work. His best known work include his debut novel Go Tell It on the Mountain and his books of essays Notes of a Native Son and Nobody Knows My Name.

 3 Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 24, 1802
Birthplace: Villers-Cotterêts, France
Died: December 5, 1870

One of the most widely read French authors of all time, Alexandre Dumas was prolific in several genres. He joined the army as a young man and later became a full-time writer. Starting his writing career as a playwright, he moved on to writing novels. His novels have been adapted into nearly 200 films in the past century.

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 4 Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 26, 1894
Birthplace: Godalming, England
Died: November 22, 1963

English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley wrote countless books, including novels, short stories, non-fiction, and poems. He is best remembered for his science-fiction novels Brave New World and Island. The seven-time Nobel Prize nominee was also a Companion of Literature of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vedanta believer.

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 5 George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 26, 1856
Birthplace: Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 2, 1950

Nobel Prize-winning playwright and author George Bernard Shaw was best known for his realism and his support for women’s rights and socialism. His ideas gave rise to the word “Shavian.” His drama Pygmalion inspired the musical My Fair Lady. His other notable works include Candida and Man and Superman.

 6 P B Shelley

P B Shelley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 4, 1792
Birthplace: Horsham, Sussex, England
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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 7 Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski
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Famous As: Poet
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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 8 Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 22, 1920
Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Died: June 5, 2012
Ray Bradbury is best remembered for his writings in the science-fiction, mystery, and horror genres, the most notable being the short story anthology Martian Chronicles and the novel Fahrenheit 451. He also contributed to the screenplays of various series and films, and won an Emmy for writing The Halloween Tree.

 9 Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë
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Famous As: Novelist
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.

 10 Herman Melville

Herman Melville
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Famous As: Writer
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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 11 Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes
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Famous As: Poet and Children's Writer
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.   

 12 Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 2, 1942
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Chilean author Isabel Allende is known for her bestselling Spanish-language novels The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts. The Chilean National Literature Prize-winner explores women’s perspectives and includes magic realism and autobiographical aspects in her works. She has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 13 Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant
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Famous As: Novelist & Short Story Writer
Birthdate: August 5, 1850
Birthplace: Tourville-sur-Arques, France
Died: July 6, 1893

Guy de Maupassant was a French author who wrote 300 short stories during his illustrious career. Widely regarded as the father of the modern short story, Maupassant's stories are characterized by economy of style and depicted human lives in pessimistic terms,

 14 Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler
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Famous As: Novelist and Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 23, 1888
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 26, 1959

 15 J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling
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Famous As: Author of Children's Fantasy Series, 'Harry Potter'
Birthdate: July 31, 1965
Birthplace: Yate, England

JK Rowling’s story is that of rags-to-riches. She is the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, which have sold more than 500 million copies and is the best-selling book series in history. She also writes crime fiction albeit under a pen name. Rowling supports many charities and has founded Lumos, an international NGO, working for children.

 16 Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States

Actor Woody Harrelson has been active in the entertainment world for over 40 years now. The son of a convicted hit-man, he had a difficult childhood and grew up in poverty. However, he was determined to build a good life for himself and earned a BFA in theater before venturing into acting. He is a vegan and an environmental activist.

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 17 Steve Martin

Steve Martin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1945
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States

A man of many talents, Steve Martin is a successful comedian, actor, and musician. In 2004, he was ranked sixth in Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comics list. Despite achieving great fame and success as a comedian and actor, Steve decided to pursue a career in music and began appearing seldom in films to record and tour with bluegrass acts.

 18 Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 9, 1922
Birthplace: Radford, Coventry, United Kingdom
Died: December 2, 1985
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 19 David Duchovny

David Duchovny
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 7, 1960
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

David Duchovny is best known for his Golden Globe-winning roles of FBI Agent Fox Mulder in the sci-fi series The X-Files and Hank Moody in Californication. He is an environment enthusiast and advocates for the use of electric cars. He has released music albums, written books, and recorded audiobooks.

 20 Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis
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Famous As: Chef, TV personality, Writer
Birthdate: August 22, 1970
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian-American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and writer. She won the Gracie Award under the Best Television Host category for hosting Giada at Home. The founder of a catering business called GDL Foods, Giada De Laurentiis has been an influential figure in the American culinary business over the last few years.

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 21 Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 24, 1987
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

Mara Wilson stole the hearts of many with her performance as a child actress in films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. After growing up, she decided to pursue a career as a writer. In one of her interviews, she spoke about her mental illnesses, including OCD, depression, and anxiety. She also came out as bisexual.

 22 Robert Graves

Robert Graves
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Famous As: Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: July 24, 1895
Birthplace: Wimbledon, England
Died: December 7, 1985
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 23 Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 17, 1958
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Belinda Carlisle is an American singer, author, and musician. She was part of the Go-Go's where she was the lead singer; during the first half of the 1980s, the Go-Go's was one of the most successful and popular all-female bands. In 2011, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a member of The Go-Go's.

 24 Jonah Falcon

Jonah Falcon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
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 25 Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald
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Famous As: Novelist, Socialite
Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

 26 Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 28, 1866
Birthplace: Kensington
Died: December 22, 1943
Born into an affluent English family, Beatrix Potter grew up amidst nature and developed a love for animals. She grew up to be a natural scientist, conservationist, and illustrator, and is best remembered for her children's books such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which featured animals.

 27 David Walliams

David Walliams
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 20, 1971
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England

Best known as Matt Lucas from Rock Profile, David Williams has judged Britain's Got Talent; written bestselling children’s books, such as The World's Worst Children series; and swum across the English Channel to raise funds for the charity Sport Relief. His philanthropic efforts won him the OBE in 2017.

 28 Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009
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 29 Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry
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Birthdate: August 19, 1921
Birthplace: El Paso
Died: October 24, 1991
TV writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, who created the original Star Trek series of the 1960s, also produced its spin-offs. He was the first TV writer to have a Hollywood Walk of Fame star and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His ashes were flown into space.

 30 Christopher Robin Milne

Christopher Robin Milne
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 21, 1920
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 20, 1996

 31 Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Birthplace: Watford

Geri Halliwell is a British singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as part of the popular girl group, The Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Also a well-known philanthropist, Geri Halliwell has worked closely with the United Nations Population Fund, becoming its goodwill ambassador in 1998. She is widely regarded as a girl power icon.

 32 Mae West

Mae West
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1893
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 22, 1980
Mae West began her career as a child actor in vaudeville. She later appeared in films such as You Done Me Wrong and Go West, Young Man. She became famous for her signature double entendres and sexual liberty she projected on screen. She also wrote books and plays later.

 33 P. L. Travers

P. L. Travers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Birthplace: Maryborough, Australia
Died: April 23, 1996

Australian-British author and Shakespearean actor Pamela Lyndon Travers, known by her pseudonym, P. L. Travers, soared to fame with her Mary Poppins series of children's books. Disney later bought the rights to her Mary Poppins series and released a film version. It was later made into a Broadway play, too.

 34 Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Author
Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Richard Belzer is best known as John Munch from the series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: SVU. He continued to play the role in several other series and a TV movie. He has also written several books on conspiracy theories, of which two became bestsellers.

 35 Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton
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Famous As: Children's writer
Birthdate: August 11, 1897
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England
Died: November 28, 1968
Author Enid Blyton is best remembered for her iconic children’s book series such as Famous Five, Malory Towers, and Secret Seven, majorly focusing on mystery-based plots. Her works have made her the fourth-most-translated writer. She had supported animal and paediatric charities. Her story inspired the BBC film Enid.

 36 Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: April 23, 1915

 37 Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 38 Lady Colin Campbell

Lady Colin Campbell
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Birthplace: St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica

Jamaican-born British writer, socialite, and TV personality, Lady Colin Campbell, is known for publishing four books about the British royal family, including a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. While her books about the royal family made her popular, she also faced criticism for some of her claims. She once kindled controversy for supporting sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, on TV.

 39 Alton Brown

Alton Brown
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Alton Brown soared to fame as the creator of the Food Network culinary show Good Eats. He has also hosted shows such as Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt. He has authored several bestselling cookbooks. He also created two culinary shows on YouTube during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 40 Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 30, 1939
Birthplace: Kingston, New York, USA

 41 Stanley A McChrystal

Stanley A McChrystal
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Famous As: Retired Armed Force Officer
Birthdate: August 14, 1954
Birthplace: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States

Retired United States Army general, Stanley A McChrysta,l is best known for his command of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) during the 2000s. He was described as "perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I ever met" by Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Following his retirement, he began teaching courses in international relations at Yale University.

 42 Leigh Anne Tuohy

Leigh Anne Tuohy
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Famous As: Interior Designer, Entrepreneur, Writer
Birthdate: August 9, 1960
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Interior designer Leigh Anne Tuohy is also known as the adoptive mother of former NFL footballer Michael Oher. Their story inspired the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and its movie adaptation, The Blind Side. She co-owns several food franchises, has co-written a book, and owns a non-profit.

 43 Walter Scott

Walter Scott
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Famous As: Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake
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.

 44 Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick
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Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: August 6, 1963
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States

First a convicted hacker and then a computer security consultant, Kevin Mitnick’s life is all about how ingenuity can be used negatively and positively. Currently a security consultant for top-notch companies and the FBI, the American also teaches government agencies on social engineering. His sentencing for wire fraud is controversial and often considered excessive by some quarters.

 45 V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1932
Birthplace: Trinidad and Tobago
Died: August 11, 2018

Born to Indian descendants in Trinidad, V. S. Naipaul grew up to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The author of iconic novels such as Half a Life and A House for Mr. Biswas, Naipaul was also knighted. His realistic depiction of developing countries and their miseries won hearts worldwide.

 46 Valerie Plame

Valerie Plame
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.

 47 Tony Lip

Tony Lip
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1930
Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: January 4, 2013

 48 Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 49 Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1844
Birthplace: London
Died: June 8, 1889

 50 Thomas Lennon

Thomas Lennon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1970
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA