Authors and their April birthdays

With the drudgery of winter nearly over, we can look at the pleasantly cool (and sometimes warm) spring mornings that are offered up like so many hors d’oeuvres on a plate. April is a fine month, and those who were born in it are (and were) blessed with a fertile month of burgeoning plants and new life. Gray skies may still be present, but so are the green hues of trees and grass. 

In today’s post, I am going to provide a list of authors who were born this fine, and flowery, month of annuals, perennials, and biennials. If you were perhaps looking for something to read, this would be a great month to check out some of the authors on the list! 

A list of authors born this month

The following list is definitely not definitive, but it does have quite a few famous names, and quite a few famous works. I did not put all of each author’s works, but wrote down some of the most popular works by each individual. Please let me know if I looked over any major names or titles that need to be added! 

·        William Shakespeare (1564) – Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and the rest. 

·        William Wordsworth (April 7th, 1770) – “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” “Composed upon Westminster Bridge,” and The Prelude.

·        Washington Irving (April 3rd, 1783) – “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”

·        Hans Christian Anderson (April 2nd, 1805) – “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Little Match Girl.”

·        Charlotte Bronte (April 21st, 1816) – Jane Eyre, Shirley, and Villette

·        Booker T. Washington (April 5th, 1856) – “Up from Slavery,” “Character Building,” and “My Larger Education.” 

·        Samuel Beckett (April 13th, 1906) – Waiting for Godot, Endgame, 

·        Beverly Cleary (April 12th, 1916) – Romona Quimby and Runaway Ralph 

·        Robert Boch (April 5th, 1917) – Psycho and “Sweets to the Sweet”

·        Maya Angelou (April 4th, 1928) – “And Still I Rise,” “I Shall Not Be Moved.” 

·        Sue Grafton (April 24th, 1940) – Kinsey Millhone books