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THE
WRITE
STUFF
Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
www.northfloridawriters.org * Editor: Howard Denson * May 2012

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In This Issue:
NFW to hear memoirist/publicist at May 12 meeting at Willowbranch Library
“Open Mic” seeks short stories till June 1
‘True Blood’ creator Charlaine Harris at BookMark on May 3
Showalter offers free promotional program May 2-4
The Wrong Stuff – Howard Denson
Stuff from Hither and Yon
Stuff from a Writer's Quill – Umberto Eco
Meetings of NFW and Other Groups
Useful Links
The Write Staff
Membership Form
Writers Born This Month
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NFW to hear memoirist/
publicist at May 12 meeting
at Willowbranch library
The North Florida Writers members and guests will hear about "Dear Miss Schneider, Please Excuse Walter…” (Dog Ear Pub.) by Linda Schilling Mitchell and get a glimpse into the lives of Great Depression-era students and parents through a series of written excuses from mothers about why their children were absent from school. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the May 12 meeting at the Willowbranch library. The public is welcome to attend all meetings.
The third-grade teacher Miss Victoria Schneider collected the notes and preserved them in a scrapbook for more than 70 years. Eventually her daughter turned them into a book that includes photos of the notes. These notes provide insights into parenting styles and events of the time. For example, one note tells the teacher how to promote obedience in her son: “Take you a stick and give Clarence a good beating and he will mind you. That all it takes to make him mind.” Another shows the economic hardships families suffered: “Walter has been very sick with sore throat + toothache. i am not able to have his tooth pulled rite now or his Tonsills removed as my husband isint working study.”
Dear Miss Schneider reveals not only information about the students but also about their teacher, seen through photographs and memorabilia. Schneider began teaching at York Street School in Newport, Ky., in 1937 when she was just 19 years old after graduating from Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College in Richmond. She continued teaching until 1940. Weighing just 78 pounds and standing 5 feet 2 inches tall, she was barely taller than her third-grade charges.
Ms. Mitchell, born in Covington, Ky., has spent almost all of her life in Florida. She is retired and lives with her husband Jim in Middleburg. They have three children. She especially loves her role as “G-mo” to granddaughters Lydia and Abby.
Ms. Mitchell’s outgoing personality and talkative spirit served her well throughout her 30-year career in the hospitality industry. She has served on the Board of Directors for several Chambers of Commerce and as President of the Historic Main Street Association in Jensen Beach, FL.
Over the years she worked for several large national chain hotels in the Sales & Marketing Department. This allowed her an opportunity to experience people from various corporate levels and multiple cultures. Ms. Mitchell played a large part in designing, refining, and executing sales and marketing plans to increase the hotels' market share. She also brainstormed with employees to create new and unique methods and tactics.
She is the Promotion Manager for a local rock band, writes for the Pineapple Post newspaper, and talks to groups about "Dear Miss Schneider, Please Excuse Walter...". Ms. Mitchell especially depends on those years of experience in developing the marketing strategy for her new book. It's all about sales and marketing and "selling the sizzle," and it helps to think outside the box, she says.
For further information contact: Ray Robinson at 317.228.3656, via email at RayR@DogEarPublishing.net, or through the website at: www.dogearpublishing.net.
For the critiques that follow the speaker, someone other than the author of respective works will read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they may attach questions they would like answered (e.g., “Is the scene on the beach convincing?”). Authors should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.
Willowbranch is located in Riverside at 2875 Park St., Jax 32205, but, if you are unfamiliar with area, go to http://jpl.coj.net/lib/branches/wbb.html and use MapQuest to find the easiest route there. The WB phone is 904.381.8490.
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“Open Mic” seeks
short stories
till June 1
Submissions are now being accepted until June 1, 2012, for consideration of being included in “Open Mic Jacksonville II - Short Stories.” All ages, all genres are accepted. Material MUST be for a general audience. Stories can be a chapter from a current book either published or soon to be released. A short bio and photo from each author may also be submitted.
Submit your typed entries either short stories or poetry, via e-mail as a file attachment to Caryn@CDSPublicity.com. All proceeds from this book will be given to the Optimus Literacy Group of America which helps tutor local children with reading needs. The book will be published by Usher Press and available in print and E-book format.
For more information contact director and president of CDS Publicity, Caryn Day-Suarez, by e-mail at the above address or by phone at 904.428.4681. All participants selected will be notified if their story is selected. Please include with your information your name, phone number, address and e-mail address with each submission.
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‘True Blood’ creator
Charlaine Harris at
BookMark on May 3
Bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse books, Charlaine Harris, will be at The BookMark on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. to talk about and sign copies of the 12th book in the series,Deadlocked.”
It is vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie's heart. Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she had rather not know. And now that she is an adult, she realizes that some things she knows about, she had rather not see-like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. There is a thing or two she would like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet. Since Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana, is in town, it is the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric's front yard.
Now it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing to do with her. Unfortunately, she is wrong.
New York Times bestselling author, Charlaine Harris, has been writing for thirty years. After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, she launched the Aurora Teagarden books, followed by her Shakespeare mysteries.The first book in the urban fantasy Sookie Stackhouse series appeared in 2001. The HBO series “True Blood,” which is based on these books, is now in its fourth season.
Ms. Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas where she reads voraciously (when she is not writing). Her house is full of rescue dogs.
The Book Mark is located at 220 First St., Neptune Beach, FL 32266. For more information, call 904.241.9026 or send an e-mail to owner Rona Brinlee at bkmark@bellsouth.net.
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Showalter offers
free promotional
program May 2-4
Gary Showalter reports that he has had such great response to the Kindle Free Promotion program for his novels that he is going to offer another. This time, "The Big Bend," his best seller (and the first in the Terry Rankin series), will be FREE to all from 12 a.m. (PST) on May 2 through 11:59 p.m. on May 4
Again, interested readers do not need to own a Kindle to enjoy FREE Kindle books. There are plenty of Kindle Reader apps for the PC, the Mac, and various hand-held devices.
Here’s the link to the Kindle Free Reading Apps page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sv_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771
Be sure to verify that the 'Buy' price for the novel is listed as $0.00 when you go to “purchase” the book.
This is the "The Big Bend" Kindle book page at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Bend-ebook/dp/B0035G0722/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1335534438&sr=1-3. The FREE download offer for the “The Big Bend” will run from May 2 through May 4:

Critics have said, "Gary Showalter writes in the tradition of John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard,
James Grippando, and Carl Hiaasen." His novels have been called “impossible to put down.”
For more information, check out www.garyshowalter.com or his blog at www.garyshowalter.wordpress.com.
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THE
WRONG
STUFF – FORENSIC GRAMMAR
By HOWARD DENSON
Follow the link below to find where often sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:
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STUFF
FROM HITHER
AND YON
Kurt Vonnegut's
8 Tips on How to Write
a Great Story
Maria Popova, the editor of Brain Pickings, a curated inventory of “miscellaneous interestingness,” provides eight tips from Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a great story. Tip # 8 says, “Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.“ Here are links to advice from other writers: David Ogilvy's 10 no-b.s. tips, Henry Miller's 11 commandments, Jack Kerouac's 30 beliefs and techniques, John Steinbeck's 6 pointers, and other great writers.
Tape
Delay
Madeline Miller studied classics at Brown University and has been teaching Latin and Greek for the last ten years. Her first novel, “The Song of Achilles,” was published in March by Ecco. http://www.readability.com/read?url=http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/essays/tape-delay.php
FiveBooks Interviews:
Daniel Mendelsohn on
Updating the Classics
Alec Ash interviews author and critic Daniel Mendelsohn about how Homer is still relevant. He says that to engage with the classics on their own terms means to play with and adapt them. Ash and Mendelsohn both complain about Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles” (see above). According to Mendelsohn, “[Best-selling author] Mary Renault, a mentor of mine, said that descriptions of sex are the ketchup of literature – a really good dish doesn’t need ketchup. If I know who Achilles is, I don’t need to know what he did in bed.”
At least book reviewers
can still be
as nasty as they like

Allan Massie argues that the books page is one of the few remaining places where people can be mean to others without fear of prosecution. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/9188556/At-least-book-reviewers-can-still-be-as-nasty-as-they-like.html

A rose
by any other
name is –
The neighbors in Jacksonville’s Bo Peep Drive area might be uncomfortable with nursery rhyme names, but what if you lived on Dumpton Place (“a cobbled Victorian cul-de-sac in Primrose Hill, London, quiet enough, though next to the railway”). Actually Dumpton residents generally liked the name, but the property developers wanted the name changed to “Jasmin Mews.” A mews is defined as “a group of buildings originally containing private stables, often converted into residential apartments” or “a small street, alley, or courtyard on which such buildings stand.” As Queen Victoria might have said, the residents complained,“We are not a mews.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9188567/We-are-not-a-mews.html
Why are English
and American novels
today so gutless?

Aditya Chakrabortty, an economics writer for the Guardian’s editorial page, points out that the great Bengali thinker Rabindranath Tagore, born 150 years ago, was a passionate political author. Sadly, literary writers today seem to have no time for politics. Says he: “But literature … has been professionalised, so that authors now go from their creative-writing MAs to their novels to their relentless promotional work.

British police save words of blind author
who wrote 26 blank pages after pen ran out

A blind aspiring novelist in Dorset was in a dilemma after she continued writing for 26 pages after her pen ran out of ink. Over five months and working on their lunchtime, forensics experts of the police force used techniques to recover the words.

However, for a horrible story, John Stuart Mill was reading an entire history manuscript by Thomas Carlyle in a friend’s house and dropped each page to the floor as he finished reading it. The illiterate maid, assuming the pages were scrap, used them to start a fire. What did Carlyle do?http://lostmanuscripts.com/2010/04/30/the-french-revolution/

Language skills

are being lost
in translation
Charles Crawford, the former British Ambassador in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Warsaw, says belt-tightening in the U.K. is harming the schools’ foreign language programs. Result? Diplomats who are not fluent in the local tongue try to represent their country but run the risk of doing it a disservice. During his career he learnt Serbo-Croat, Afrikaans, Russian, and Polish. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9195725/Language-skills-are-being-lost-in-translation.html
Academic spring:
how an angry maths blog
sparked a scientific revolution
Alok Jha reports on how a Cambridge mathematician's protest has led to demands for open access to scientific knowledge. Tim Gowers “wrote an article on his blog declaring that he would henceforth decline to submit to or review papers for any academic journal published by Elsevier, the largest publisher of scientific journals in the world.” The U.K. universities are paying out about “£200m a year to access scientific journals, almost a tenth of the £2.2bn distributed to them by the government, via the funding councils, for the basic running costs of university research.” http://www.readability.com/read?url=http%3A//thelonggoodread.com/2012/04/12/academic-spring-how-an-angry-maths-blog-sparked-a-scientific-revolution/
Literary Obsessions:
The Riddle of Mark Twain's
Passion for Joan Of Arc
Daniel Crown, a freelancer from Brooklyn, looks into Mark Twain’s fascination with Joan of Arc. The article in The Awl opens with Twain’s being left speechless when a young girl dressed as Joan presents him with a wreath after he published “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.”
It was a bad day
when James Bond

gave up smoking

Allan Massie looks at Ian Fleming’s creation and how, like Sherlock Holmes, Bond has escaped the restrictions of his era, the Cold War. The latest writer to tackle 007, William Boyd, will change the secret agent's character even further.

Article on writing
made some good points
but was flawed
Two curmudgeons like to grouse about grammar and spelling. Are they wordmudgeons then? At any rate, Frank Green and Howard Denson pick apart an article on scientific writing. http://howarddenson.webs.com/apps/blog/show/14112862-article-on-writing-made-some-good-points-but-was-flawed
When Pineapple Races Hare,
Students Lose, Critics of
Standardized Tests Say
Anemona Hartocollis describes what happens when a nonsense story by Daniel Pinkwater is adapted for a standardized English test for eighth graders. The story was presented seriously and caused upset students to complain, “’Pineapples don’t have sleeves,’ as if it were the code for admission to a secret society.”We end up with a “psychometric” situation.
The Flight
From
Conversation
According to Sherry Turkle, we live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating via laptops, iPods, and multiple phones. When we put on earphones,“big ones, like pilots, “ we turn our desks into “cockpits.” With the young employees in their cockpits, the office is quiet, a quiet that does not ask to be broken. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.
The Strange
Politics of
Gertrude Stein
Barbara Will looks back at the curious collection of artists and writers who supported the Nazis or fascists during the 1930s and, with some, even into the war years. These included Gertrude Stein, along with Ezra Pound, William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, Knut Hamsun, Paul de Man, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Filippo Marinetti, Martin Heidegger, and Robert Brasillach. Alas, instead of merely commenting on pigeons on the grass, Ms. Stein was supportive of Phillipe Pétain of Vichy France. http://www.neh.gov/humanities/2012/marchapril/feature/the-strange-politics-gertrude-stein
Computers can grade
essay questions
as well as humans can
“[S]tandardized test essays are so formulaic that test-scoring companies can use algorithms to grade them. And before you get worried about machines giving you a bad score because they’ve never taken an English class, said algorithms give the essays the same scores as human graders do, according to a large study that compared nine such programs with humans readers.” Hmm, what’s computer code for “If I read another damned student essay, I’m going to die”?
Talking
With
Your Fingers
Linguist and editor John McWhorter maintains that text-writing really isn’t writing, but more like the choppy speech we use in everyday conversation.
Papa to Fitz:
Forget your
Personal tragedy
The Letters of Note website offers notable correspondence that deserves to be read again. Ernest Hemingway was offering feedback to his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald about FSF’s“Tender is the Night.” At times, Papa seems to tip-toe around; at other times, he is blunt in what he says.
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STUFF FROM
A WRITER'S QUILL
Usually the recipe for a bestseller is to give people what they want. My challenge is and was: Give them what they do not expect. Be severe with them. The world of media is full of easy answers, wash-and-wear philosophies, instant ecstasies, what-we-worry Epiphanies. Probably readers want a little more.
– Umberto Eco
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MEETINGS
OF NFW AND
OTHER GROUPS
BARD SOCIETY: Every Wednesday: 7 p.m.; Frank Green 410.5775; Email frankgrn@comcast.net
THE CDS PUBLICITY FREE WRITERS CRITIQUE GROUP: Meets twice monthly. The first Tuesday of each month at the Mandarin Library on Kori Road from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the third Saturday of the month at the Webb-Wesconnett Library at 103rd and Harlow from 2 until 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information see our website at http://CDSPublicity.com or call 904.343.4188.
FIRST COAST CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP: Every Thursday, 6:45 p.m. at Charles Webb-Wesconnett Library at the intersection of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard. Email: Dalyn_2@yahoo.com or Tlsl72@yahoo.com.
FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS: Second Saturday of each month; start time varies based on program; see website Chaffee Road Library; 1425 Chaffee Rd. S., Jacksonville. Info: www.firstcoastromancewriters.com
MANDARIN WRITERS WORKSHOP: Second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at S. Mandarin Library (corner of San Jose and Orange Picker Rd.). Larry Barnes at wordsandpics@bellsouth.net.
NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS: Second Saturday: 2 p.m. at Willowbranch Library; 2875 Park Street 32205; www.northfloridawriters.org
NORTHEAST FLORIDA CHAPTER OF FLORIDA WRITERS ASSN.: fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library (between Jacksonville and St. Augustine). Vic DiGenti, FWA regional director. For more information, check www.fwapontevedra.blogspot.com or www.windrusher.com.
SISTERS IN CRIME: First Saturday of each month: 10:30 a.m. at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256; Sherry Czerniejewski, president Email sherrycz@aol.com
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SOME
USEFUL
LINKS
100 EXTENSIVE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT ANYONE CAN ACCESS: https://maryandmacdesign.wordpress.com/
THE ATAVIST (original nonfiction storytelling): http://atavist.net/
BOOK COUNTRY (sponsored by Penguin Books): http://www.bookcountry.com/
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN: http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday
CLASSIC BOOKS FOR FREE DOWNLOADS: http://www.planetebook.com/
DAYS OF YORE (writers and artists’ struggles to succeed): http://www.thedaysofyore.com/
HOW LANGUAGE WORKS (the cognitive science of linguistics from Indiana University): http://www.indiana.edu/~hlw/
"MURDER YOUR DARLINGS" (Quiller-Couch on Style): http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetoricstyle/a/murderquiller.htm
THE PHRASE FINDER: http://www.phrases.org.uk/
PITCHERS & POETS: http://pitchersandpoets.com/
POETRY DAILY: http://poems.com/
PREDITORS & EDITORS (sort of a Consumer’s Report about agents, editors, etc.): http://pred-ed.com/
QUOTE INVESTIGATOR: http://quoteinvestigator.com/
THE RED ROOM – Where the authors are: http://redroom.com/
SHAKESPEARE SEARCHED: http://shakespeare.yippy.com/
SOME PLACES TO OBTAIN FREE E-BOOKS: http://www.freeliterature.org/index.html
STUFF JOURNALISTS LIKE: http://www.stuffjournalistslike.com/
TEN PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE WRITING (F.L. Lucas on Style): http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetoricstyle/a/lucastyle10.htm
THROW GRAMMAR FROM THE TRAIN: http://throwgrammarfromthetrain.blogspot.com/
TODAY IN LITERATURE: http://www.todayinliterature.com/
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THE
WRITE
STAFF
President: Howard Denson (hd3nson@hotmail.com)
Vice President: Joyce Davidson (davent2010@comcast.net)
Secretary: Kathy Marsh (kathygmarsh@bellsouth.net)
Treasurer: Richard Levine (RichieL@clearwire.net)
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MEMBERSHIP
APPLICATION
FOR NORTH FLORIDA WRITERS
Membership is only $15 for a year. (Make out checks to WRITERS.) Mail your check to WRITERS, c/o Richard Levine, 5527 Edenfield Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32277.
Name___________________________________________ ___________________________
Street or P.O address_________________________________ Apt. No. ___________
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E-mail address: __________________________________ _____________ ____________
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WRITERS
BORN
IN APRIL
1 -- John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647), Antoine François Prévost (1697), Joseph de Maistre (1753), Fredrik Cygnaeus (1807), Nikolai Gogol (1809), Arnold Aletrino (1858), Gaetano Mosca (1859), Marie Jungius (1864), Edmond Rostand (1868), Peter A. Egge (1869), Edgar Wallace (1875), Carl Sternheim (1878), Leonard Bloomfield (1887), Pola Gojawiczynska (1898), Roger Bastide (1898), Whittaker Chambers (1901), Maria Polydouri (1902), Juan Gil-Albert (1904), Abraham H. Maslow (1908), Evert H. "Bep" Bakhuys (1911), Toshiro Mifune (1920), William Manchester (1922), Anne (Inez) McCaffrey (1926), Dimitri Frenkel Frank (1928), Milan Kundera (1929), Rolf Hochhuth (1931), Samuel R[ay] Delany Jr. (1942), David Eisenhower (1947), Gill Scott-Heron (1949);
2--Onno Zwier van Haren (1713), Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725), Francisco Balagtas (1788), August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798), Hans Christian Andersen (1805), Émile Zola (1840), Sir John Squire (1884), Roberto Arlt (1900), Kurt Adler (1905), Helen Bevington (1906), Joeri German (1910), George MacDonald Fraser (1925), Catherine Gaskin (1929), Edward Dorn (1929), Peter Haining (1940), Joan [Carol] D[ennison] Vinge (1948), Thierry Le Luron (1952), Mark Shulman (1962);
3--Lieven van der Maude (Ammonius) (1485), George Herbert (1593), Mark Catesby (1683), George Edwards (1693), Washington Irving (1783), John Banim (1798), Ivan Kireevsky (1806), Edward Everett Hale (1822), John Burroughs (1837), Frederik W. van Eeden (1860), Jose Juan Tablada (1871), Margaret M.J. "Daisy" Ashford (1881), Douwe Kalma (1896), Peter Huchel (1903), Kathleen Tillotson (1906), Isaac Deutscher (1907), Herb Caen (1916), Jeff Barry (1938), Jonathan Lynn (1943), Arlette Cousture (1948);
4 --William Strachey (1572), Bettina von Arnim (1785), Dorothea Dix (1802), Thomas Mayne Reid (1818), Margaret Oliphant (1828), Jose Echegaray y Elizaguirre (1832), Comte de Lautréamont (1846), Remy de Gourmont (1858), George P. Baker (1866), Henry Bataille (1872), Zdzisław Żygulski Sr. (1888), Robert Sherwood (1896), Tristan Tzar (Samuel Rosenfeld) (1896), Louise L. de Vilmorin (1902), Stanley G. Weinbaum (1902), Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (1908), Jerome Weidman (1913), Marguerite Duras (1914), Jan Drda (1915), Lars G. Ahlin (1915), Emmett Williams (1925), Maya Angelou (Marguerite Johnson) (1928), Monty Norman (1928), Denis Frank Owen (1931), Trevor Griffiths (1935), Ian St. James (1937), Kitty Kelley (1942), Dan Simmons (1948), David E. Kelley (1956), Pamela Ribon (1975);
5-- Thomas Hobbes (1588), Nadar (Félix Tournachon) (1820), Sydney Thompson Dobell (1824), Alexander Muir (1830), Frank Stockton (1834), Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837), Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856), Richard Eberhart (1904), Mary Hemingway (1908), Frederick Angus Armstrong (1914), Robert (Albert) Bloch (1917), Rafique Zakaria (1920), Arthur Hailey (1920),Robert Q. Lewis (1921), Hugo Claus (1929), Larry Felser (1933), Ann (Elizabeth) Maxwell (1944);
6--Stjepan Gradić (1613), Jean-Baptiste Rousseau (1671), James Mill (1773), Philip Gosse (1810), Aasmund Olavsson Vinje (1818), Joseph Lincoln Steffens (1866), Erich Mühsam (1878), Mien Labberton (1883), Daniel Andersson (1888), Gabriela Mistral (1889), Lowell Thomas (1892), Leo Robin (1900), Willem Pelemans (1901), John Betjeman (1906), Willis Hall (1929), John Pepper Clark (1935), Homero Aridjis (1940), Vince Flynn (1966), Jack Canfora (1969);
7-- John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby (1648), Hugh Blair (1718), William Wordsworth (1770), William Ellery Channing (1780), Flora Tristan (1803), J. P. Jacobsen (1847), Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890), Gerald Brenan (1894), Walter Winchell (1837), Robert Charroux (1909), Johannes Mario Simmel (1924), James White (1928), Donald Barthelme (1931), David Frost (1939), Megas (Magnús Þór Jónsson) (1945), Artemis Gounaki (1967);
8-- Phienas Fletcher (1582), Jose B. da Gama (1741), Dionysios Solomos (1798), Margaret A. Barnes (1886), Hans Scherfig (1905), Helen B. M. Fennell Joseph (1905), Charles J. B. Jonckheere (1906), John Fante (1909), Emil Mihai Cioran (1911), Glendon Swarthout (1918), Frédéric Back (1924), Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley (1924), Renzo de Felice (1929), William K. Everson (1929), Seymour Hersh (1937), Eduard Visser (1942), Christoph Hein (1944), Barbara Kingsolver (1955), Jim Piddock (1956), Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (1924), Mehran Ghassemi (1977);
9--Philippe Néricault Destouches (1680), Fisher Ames (1758), Étienne Aignan (1773), Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1821), Gyula Reviczky (1855), J(ames) William Fulbright (1905), Lew Kopelew (1912), Johannes Bobrowski (1917), Carl Amery (1922), Paule Marshall (1929), Bill Gilbert (1931), Barrington J(ohn) Bayley (1937), Joolz Denby (1955), Kate Heyhoe (1955);
10—Balthazar Huydecoper (1695), Benjamin Heath (1704), William Hazlitt (1778), Lew Wallace (1827), Forceythe Willson (1837), Joseph Pulitzer (1847), Alfred Kubin (1877), Montague Summers (1880), Simon F. H. J. Berkelbach Van der Sprenkel (1882), Bernardo A Houssay (1887), Paul Sweezy (1910), Maurice Schumann (1911), Stefan Heym (1913), Leo Vroman (1915), Marcel van Maele (1931), Robert Rhodes James (1933), David Halberstam (1934), Vladimir Posner (1934), Bella Akhmadulina (1937), Paul Theroux (1941), Nick Auf der Maur (1942), Barry M. Riemer (1950), David Helvarg (1951), John M. Ford (1957);

11-- Antoine Coypel (1661), Christopher Smart (1722), Manuel Jose Quintana (1772), Nicolaas C. Kist (1793), Edward Everett (1794), Claude Tillier (1801), Henry Rawlinson (1810), Bernard O'Dowd (1866), Léo-Paul Desrosiers (1898), Caspar Neher (1897), Sandor Marai (1900), Glenway Wescott (1901), József Attila (1905), Leo Rosten (1908), David Westheimer (1917), Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber (1918), Marlen Haushofer (1920), Antoine Blondin (1922), Clive Exton (1930), Tony Brown (1933), Mark Strand (1934), John Milius (1944), Ellen Goodman (1941), James Patrick Kelly (1951), Jeremy Clarkson (1960), Walid Soliman (1975)
12 --Joachim Camerarius (Liebhard Kammerer)(1500), Muretus (Marc Antoine Muret)(1526), Caspar Burman (1695), Guillaume Thomas François Raynal (1713), Charles Burney (1726), Aleksandr Ostrovsky (1823), José Gautier Benítez (1848), William M. Conway (1856), Raul d'Avila Pompeia (1863), Frederick G. Melcher (1879), Hardie Gramatky (1907), Jorgen Rausch (1910), Emil (Theodore) Petaja (1915), Brian Connell (1916), Beverly Cleary (1916), Bryan Magee (1930), Leonid Derbenyov (1931), Jack Gelber (1932), Alan Ayckbourn (1939), Charles Ludlam (1943), Peter L. de Baan (1946), Tom Clancy (1947), Scott Turow (1949), Ralph Wiley (1952);
13--Peter Faber (1506), Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy (1618), Jonathan Carver (1710), Thomas Percy (1729), Thomas Jefferson (1743), Heinrich F. L. Rellstab (1799), Alphonse Wauters (1817), Thomas D'Arcy McGee (1825), Juan Montalvo (1832), A. Roda Roda (1872), Demjan Bednyi (1883), Nella Larsen (1891), Samuel Beckett (1906), Eudora Welty (1909), Albert L. F. ”Bert” Peleman (Dirk Dyckmans) (1915), Stephan Hermlin (1915), Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner (1916), Audrey Barker (1918), Roland Gaucher (1919), Maxwell Henley Harris (1921), John Braine (1922), Beverley Cross (1931), Michael Burchill (1931), Barney Simon (1932), Lanford Wilson (1937), Seamus Heaney (1939), Ataol Behramoglu (1942), Amy Robinson (1948);
14--Christian Huygens (1629), René Boylesve (René M. A. Tardiveau) (1867), Daniel Plooy (1877), James Branch Cabell (1879), Anton Wildgans (1881), Moritz Schlick (1882), Edward C. Tolman (1886), Ernst R. Curtius (1886), Martin Kessel (1901), Belinda Quirey (1912), William Darling (1923), Frank Daniel (1926), Fredric Jameson (1934), Erich von Däniken (1935), Steve Martin (1945), Tom Monteleone (1946), Bruce Sterling (1954), Peter Gibson (1971);
15--Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Claudius Salmasius [Claude Saumaise] (1588), Friedrich Bouterwek (1766), Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), John Lothrop Motley (1814), Wilhelm Busch (1832), Henry James (1843), Emile Durkheim (1858), Bliss Carman (1861), Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker (1875), Robert Walser (1878), Giovanni Amendola (1882), Nikolay Gumilyov (1886), Maximilian Kronberger (1888), Wallace Reid (1891), Corrie ten Boom (1892), Corrado Alvaro (1895), Fernando Pessa (1902), Erich Arendt (1903), Gerald Abrahams (1907), Ernest Borneman (1915), Meriol Trevor (1919), John Grigg (1924), Boris Strugatski (1933), Earl Russell (1937), Jeffrey Archer (1940), Heloise II (Kiah Michelle Cruse) (1951), Dolores Gordon-Smith (1958), Benjamin Zephaniah (1958), Emma Thompson (1959), Bobby Pepper (1963);
16--John Luyken (1648), Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax (1661), Georg Curtius (1820), Octave Crémazie (1827), Anatole France (1844), Herbert Baxter Adams (1850), Grace Livingston Hill (1865), John Millington Synge (1871), Robert Dean Frisbie (1895), John B. Glubb (1897), Polly Adler (1900), Bep (Elisa H.) Bakhuis (1906), Herman Uyttersprot (1909), Gerard McLarnon (1915), Peter Ustinov (1921), Christopher Samuel Youd (1922), Kingsley Amis (1922), Sarah Kirsch (1935), Ewald Vanvugt (1943), Margot Adler (1946), Ioan Mihai Cochinescu (1951), J. Neil Schulman (1953), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (1984);
17--John Ford (1586), Henry Vaughan (1622), Francois Valentijn (1666), Robert Blair (1699), Samuel Austin Allibone (1816), David Gravson (Ray Stannard Baker) (1870), Ian Hay (1876), Anton Wildgans (1881), Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen-Finecke) (1885), Antonius F. "Anton" Coolen (1897), Thornton N. Wilder (1897), Edward Chodorov (1904), Humphrey Sims Moore (1909), Ivan Goff (1910), Jean-Pierre Herve Bazin (1911), Bengt N. Anderberg (1920), Harry Reasoner (1923), Lloyd Biggle Jr. (1923), Norman Potter (1923), Cynthia Ozick (1928), Han J. A. Hansen (Jansen) (1932), Penelope Lively (1933), Peter Michalke (1955), Nick Hornby (1957);
18--Thomas Middleton (1580), Pieter 't Hoen (1744), George Henry Lewes (1817), Henry François Becque (1837), Henry Clarence Kendall (1839), Abraham Bredius (1855), Clarence S. Darrow (1857), Richard Harding Davis (1864), Didericus G. van Epen (1868), Oskar Ernst Bernhardt (1874), Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic (1875), Vicente Sotto (1877), Lord Leatherland (Charles Edward Leatherland) (1898), Clara Eggink (Ebbele) (1906), Stephen Longstreet (1907), Joy Gresham Lewis (1915), Leif Panduro (1923), Raf de Linde (Raphael van Hecke) (1924), Kathy Acker (1947), Conan Chris O'Brien (19663), Niall Ferguson (1964), Keith R.A. DeCandido (1969);
19--Jacques Lelong (1665), Francisco Albergati Capacelli (1728), Louis Amédée Achard (1814), Jose Echegaray y Eizaguirre (1832), Andrea Bezzola (1840), Lucien Levy-Bruhl (1857), Warden Oncle (Edward Vermeulen) (1861), Ricardo Bacchelli (1891), Richard Arthur Warren Hughes (1900), Walter Stewart (1931), Etheridge Knight (1933), Frits Castricum (1947), Barry Brown (1951), Steven H. Silver (1967), Craig McNeil (1968);
20--Jafar Sadiq (702), John Agricola (Schneider) (1494), John Eliot (1592), Louis Bertrand (1807), Dina M. Craik (1826), Charles L.P. "Philip" Zilcken (1857), Hermann Bang (1857), Maulvi Abdul Haq (1870), William Henry Davies (1871), Robert Lynd (1879), Adolph Hitler (1889), Hermann Ungar (1893), Martinus Nijhoff (1894), Bernard Verhoeven (1897), Dagmar Edqvist (1903), Soewarsil Djojopoespito (1912), Lindsay Oliver John Boynton (1934), Peter S. Beagle (1939), Jan Cremer (1940), Ian Watson (1943), Andrew Tobias (1947), Steve Erickson (1950), Toine van Benthem (1952), Sebastian Faulks (1953);
21--John Capgrave (1393), Ulrich von Hutten (1488), Catherine II, the Great (Sophia Augusta Frederica) (1729), Charlotte Bronte (1816), Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818), John Muir (1836), Benjamin A. Jesurun (1867), Henry de Montherlant (Henry Marie Joseph Frédéric Expedite Millon de Montherlant), (1896), Bernard J. H. "Ben" Stroman (1902), Rollo May (1909), Norman Panama (1914), John Mortimer 1923), Elaine May (1932), Helen Prejean (1939), Michael Zarnock (1958);
22 -- Henry Fielding (1707), Madame de Staël (1766), Georg Hermes (1775), Jurgen Engebretsen Moe (1813), Philip James Bailey (1816), Nikolai Lenin (Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov) (1870), Ludwig Renn (1889), Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899), Robert Choquette (1905), Ivan Efremov (1907), Indro Montanelli (1909), Charles Hubert Sisson (1914), Hans Baumann (1914), Jan de Hartog (1914), Leo Abse (1917), Paula Fox (1923), Louise Glück (1943), Jancis Robinson (1950), Ana María Shua (1951);
23--Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484), Alexander Alesius (Aless/Alane) (1500), Georg Fabricius (1516), William Shakespeare (1564), Friedrich von Hagedorn (1708), Thomas Wright (1810), James Anthony Froude (1818), Edwin Markham (1852), Simon Abramsz (1867), Arthur Moeller van den Bruck (1876), Marcel L'Herbier (1890), Minus van Looi (Benjamin van der Voort) (1892), Richard Huelsenbeck (1892), Ngaio Marsh (1895), Margaret Kennedy (1896), Edwin E. Dwinger (1898), Halldór Laxness (1902), Maria Arnoldo (Adrianus Broeders) (1906), Maurice Druon (Kessel) (1918), Margaret Avison (1918), Avram Davidson (1923), James Kirkup (1923), James Colin Ross Welch (1924), J. P. Donleavy (1926), Okke Jager (1928), Jim Fixx (1932), Rod McKuen (1933), Victoria Glendinning (1937), Richard Monaco (1940),Barry Hannah (1942), Pascal Quignard (1948), Pierre Labrie (1972);
24 -Nikolaj A Bestuzhev (1791), K. L. Immermann (1796), Vincente F. Lopez (1814), Anthony Trollope (1815), Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825), Carl Spitteler (1845), Marcus Clarke (1846), Eduardo Acevedo Diaz (1851), Jaroslav Hasek (1883), Kurt Pinthus (1886), Siegfried F. Nadel (1903), Robert Penn Warren (1905), Stanley Kauffmann (1916), Sir Clement Freud (1924), Pasqualino de Santis (1927), Patrick Bowles (1927), Patricia Bosworth (1933), Shirley MacLaine (1934), Sue Taylor Grafton (1940), Eric Kripke (1974), Siarhey Balakhonau (1977);
25 --Roger Boyle (1621), Giuseppe Marc' Antonio Baretti (1719), Georg Sverdrup (1770), Antonio Fogazzarro (1842), Clarín (Leopoldo Alas y Ureña) (1852), Walter De La Mare (1873), Elsa Maxwell (1883), Sally Salminen (1906), Claude Mauriac (1914), Ross Lockridge Jr. (1914), William Goyen (1915), Jean Mogin (1921), Jose Angel Valente (1929), Paul Mazursky (1930), Ted Kooser (1939), James Fenton (1949), Padgett Powell (1952), Dinesh D'Souza (1961), Darcey Steinke (1962), Chris Lilley (1975);
26 -- Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121), Giovanni P. Lomazzo (1538), David Hume (1711), Ludwig Uhland (1787), Martha Finley (1808), Alice Cary (1820), Frederick Law Olmsted (1822), Artemus Ward (Charles Farrar Browne) (1834), Wilhelm Scherer (1841), Arno Holz (1863), Robert Herrick, U.S. (1868), Otto zur Linde (1873), Ğabdulla Tuqay (1886), Anita Loos (1888), Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Vicente Aleixandre (1898), Niven Busch (1903), Theun de Vries (1907), Johan Doorn (1910), A. E. (Alfred Elton) van Vogt (1912), Bernard Malamud (1914), Horace Leonard Gold (1914), Morris L. West (1916), Dorothy Salisbury Davis (1916), Richard Mitchell (1929), Joanne Gobure (1982);

27-- Adamantios Korais (1748), Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1759), Herbert Spencer (1820), Gerben Colmjon (1828), Jules Lemaître (1853), Johan M. Skjoldborg (1861), Andre Baillon (1875), Hubert Harrison (1883), Frank Belknap Long (1903), Cecil Day-Lewis (1904), Ragnar Skrede (1904), Julian Stryjkowski (1905), Yórgos Theotokás (1906), Muriel C. Bradbrook (1909), Franz Weyergans (1912), Albert Soboult (1914), John Alfred Scali (1918), Edwin Morgan (1920), Martin Gray (1922), Gilbert Sorrentino (1929), Jennings Michael Burch (1941), August Wilson (1945), Russell T. Davies (1963), Jason Whitlock (1967), Talitha Cummins (1980);
28-- Charles Cotton (1630), James Monroe (1758), Ezra Abbot (1819), Karl Kraus (1874), Franz Arnold (1879), Bruno Apitz (1900), Johan Borgen (1902), Pierre (Louis) Boileau (1906), Kurt Gödel (1906), Paul Sacher (1906), Sam Merwin Jr. (1910), Lee Falk (Leon Harrison Gross) (1911), Joop Waasdorp (1917), Robert Woodruff Anderson (1917), Rowland Evans (1921), Alistair MacLean (1922), Harper Lee (1926), Lois Duncan (1934), Iryna Zhylenko (1941), Terry Pratchett (1948), Roberto Bolano (1953), Jeremy John Beadle (1956), Ian Rankin (1960);
29 -- Taliesin (534), John Arbuthnot (1667), Charles Nodier (1780), Henri Poincaré (1854), Edouard Rod (1857), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Louis William Stern (1871), Rafael Sabatini (1875), Egon E. Kisch (1885), Elisaveta Bagrjana (Beltsheva) (1893), Walter Mehring (1896), George Osborne Sayles (1901), Jack (Stewart) Williamson (1908), Daniel Raphael Mayer (1909), John Beavan (1910), Terence de Vere White (1912), Edward Blishen (1920), Walter Kempowski (1929), Jill Paton Walsh (1937), Olavo de Carvalho (1947), David Icke (1952), Robert J. Sawyer (1960), Kamran Jawaid (1982);
30 --William Lilly (1602), Mathurin Jacques Brisson (1723), Rosalie Amstein (1846), Alfred von Berger (1853), Frans Netscher (1864), Juhan Liiv (1864), Cyriel Verschaeve (1874), Trijntje "Nine" van de Schaaf (1882), John Crowe Ransom (1888), Watze Cuperus (1891), Humberto Mauro (1897), Jannetje Fisherman-Roosendaal (1899), John-Baptist J. Walgrave (Henricus/Humanus) (1911), Luise Rinser (1911), Edith Fowke (1913), Valeer (Valerius V) van Kerkhove (1919), George Byatt (1923), Edmund Cooper (1926), Hugh Hood (1928), Larry (Van Cott) Niven (1938), Annie Dillard (1945), Claude van de Berge (Rony M.F. Pauwels) (1945), Nicolas Hulot (1955), Aviva Chomsky (1957), Charles Berling (1958), Paul Gross (1959), W. Thomas Smith Jr. (1959), John Boyne (1971).