(Complete list of September authors here.)

Featured Authors

Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, playwright, and poet, c. 29 Sept. 1547 - 23 April 1616

Cervantes, originally named Alcala de Henares, served as a soldier and in the navy, was captured by the Turks and imprisioned for 5 years, became a government tax collector who was again imprisoned, this time for fraud. While in prison, he began writing Part I of El Ingenioso Hidalgo [The Ingenious Gentleman] Don Quixote de la Mancha, which was widely read and pirated when published in 1605; Part II was published in 1615.

Cervantes also wrote Novelas ejemplares, which were twelve cautionary tales, Viaje del Parnaso (Journey from Parnassus), and several other pieces.

Cervantes' works in Spanish are offered at a number of sites, and a nice English version of Don Quixote, translated by John Ormsby, is available on-line through The Don Quixote Web Page (Spanish and English); a weblog for people reading Don Quixote, and a website called Reading Don Quixote, with articles, papers, and other resources for studying the book, thanks to Professor Salvador Fajardo. The Cervantes Project offers a number of biographies, text details, and more. Fred Jehle provides an extensive, annotated list of Cervantes WWW Links.

Note: The exact date of Cervantes birth is not known. It is known that he was christened on October 9, 1547.

Sarah Orne Jewett, Maine novelist, 3 Sept. 1849 - 24 June 1909

Jewett was born and died in South Berwick, where the Jewett House can be toured from June 1 through October 15. Most famous in Maine for The Country of the Pointed Firs, she also wrote A Country Doctor (1884; summary and commentary available at this site), which she based on the life of her late father, and numerous other novels and short stories, including her first published story, 'Jenny Garrow's Lovers' (1868), Deephaven (1877), 'The Dulham Ladies' (1886), the much-anthologized and much-analyzed story, 'The White Heron' (1886), Tales of New England (1890), and The Tory Lover (1901). A complete list of Jewett's published and unpublished novels and short stories is available through The Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project (Coe College, Iowa), as is a short biography.

Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett (1988) contains an excellent introductory article on Jewett's writings. For biographical information, read Sarah Orne Jewett: A Writer's Life, by Elizabeth Silverthorne (1993).

Many of Jewett's stories are available at Donna Campbell's website at Washington State University.

Kate Douglas Wiggin, Maine novelist and children's writer, Sept. 28, 1856 - 1923

Born in Philadelphia but a resident for years of Hollis, Maine, Wiggin is best known for her children's books, such as The Birds' Christmas Carol (1889), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903), and The New Chronicles of Rebecca (1907). She was also editor of many other children's anthologies, including Hymns for Kindergarteners (18??), Arabian Nights, Their Best Known Tales (1909), The Posy Ring - A Book of Verses for Children (1903), and Pinafore Palace: A Book of Rhymes for the Nursery (1907). And she wrote books for adults, including The Village Watch-Tower (1895; set in Hollis, ME), Mother Carey's Chickens (1911), and The Story of Waitstill Baxter (1913). Rebecca, however is the only book of Wiggin's that's still in print.

In 1925, her sister, Nora Archibald Smith, published a book about Wiggin called As Her Sister Knew Her. Wiggin herself published My Garden of Memory in 1923. More at the Maine Writers Index. Bowdoin College awarded Wiggin an honorary degree in 1904 and provides an online collection guide to Wiggin's personal papers.

Robert McCloskey, children's book author, Sept. 15, 1914 - 30 June 2003

McCloskey is the winner of several Caldecott Medals and Honors. His books include: Lentil (1940, takes place in Ohio), Make Way for Ducklings (1941; locale is Boston's Public Garden; won 1942 Caldecott Medal), The Man Who Lost His Head (1942), Homer Price (1943), Blueberries for Sal (1948), Centerburg Tales (1951), One Morning in Maine (1952; about family life on an island; Caldecott Honor book), Journey Cake, Ho! (1953; Caldecott Honor book), Time of Wonder (1957; a Penobscot island summer; 1958 Caldecott Medal), Henry Reed, Inc (1958; takes place in New Jersey), Burt Dow, Deep Water Man: A Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition (1963), Henry Reed's Journey (1963), Henry Reed's Babysitting Service (1966), Henry Reed's Big Show (1970).

Stephen King, Maine thriller/horror/suspense writer, Sept. 21, 1947 -

aka Richard Bachman, Stephen King is the pre-eminent Maine modern popular fiction writer. He was born in Portland (ME), graduated from the University of Maine-Orono with a degree in English in 1970, and married another Maine writer, Tabitha Spruce (now King), in 1971.

King's official Web site has sections on rumors, news, the man, the past, the future, and now, as well as links, contact info, and downloads of e-books.

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