Nothing but writing rests me; only then do I seem completely myself!
Kate Douglas Wiggin
Kate Douglas Wiggin (born September 28, 1856) headed the first free kindergarten on the West Coast, in San Francisco, and a few years later helped establish a training school for kindergarten teachers. Her children’s books are still favorites today, especially Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, which was made into a 1917 film starring Mary Pickford and a 1938 film starring Shirley Temple. Her autobiography, My Garden of Memory, was published the year she died, in 1923.
A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism.
Will Self (born September 26, 1961) is an English novelist and TV personality who is married to the Scottish journalist Deborah Orr. He’s best known for his novel Dorian, which reimagines Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and his novel Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. As a journalist, his writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, and GQ, among other publications.
While most girls run away from home to marry, I ran away to teach.
Mary Church Terrell
The daughter of former slaves, Mary Church Terrell (born September 23, 1863) was a cofounder and the first president of the National Association of Colored Women as well as a charter member of the NAACP. She graduated from Oberlin College, taught school in Washington, D.C., and served on the District of Columbia Board of Education—the first African American woman to hold such a position. Her autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World, captures her lifetime of work as a civil rights activist and lecturer on women’s suffrage and social justice issues.
Food. Drink. Sleep. Books. They are all drugs.
Fay Weldon (born September 22, 1931) is a British novelist and playwright as well as a radio and TV writer, with credits including a BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and the popular 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs. Married three times, the mother of four has spent much of her career examining male-female relationships and the lives of contemporary women. Among her best-known works are The Fat Woman’s Joke, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Puffball, and Auto Da Fay (her autobiography).
Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.
Lynn Abbey (born September 18, 1948) studied astrophysics and European history in college before becoming a computer programmer. But encouraged by sci-fi writer Gordon Dickson, she returned to her childhood love—storytelling—and produced her first book, Daughter of the Bright Moon. The sci-fi/fantasy author went on to write for and coedit (with her then-husband, author Robert Asprin) the Thieves’ World series, and she has published many other novels.
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All My Best,
I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me.
Julia Donaldson (born September 16, 1948) is a British children’s author, playwright, and performer who has written nearly 200 books, including The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale, The Giants and the Joneses, and Room on the Broom. Rhyming stories are her specialty (she previously wrote songs for children’s television), and she’s been a tireless advocate for public libraries and the performing arts. She was named the U.K.’s Children’s Laureate from 2011 to 2013.
While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.
British literary critic Cyril Connolly (born September 10, 1903) was the founder and editor of Horizon, an influential literary magazine during World War II. His journalism career began with articles in popular periodicals like the New Statesman, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. He wrote just one novel, The Rock Pool, but he is best known for his collections of essays, including Enemies of Promise, The Condemned Playground, and The Unquiet Grave.
A great speech is literature.
Peggy Noonan (born September 7, 1950) is the author of bestselling books on American history, politics, and culture, including What I Saw at the Revolution, When Character Was King, and The Time of Our Lives. She was a special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan (Simply Speaking and On Speaking Well offer her tips and tricks), and she’s been a longtime columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
Find your quiet center of life and write from that to the world.
Sarah Orne Jewett
Sarah Orne Jewett (born September 3, 1849) was known for her regional fiction that focused on life in her native Maine. Her stories and vignettes—often about New England’s declining farms and seaports—appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and other periodicals. Critics consider her best book to be The Country of the Pointed Firs, which beautifully captured the flavor of an isolated seaport town, and she was a lasting influence on Willa Cather, who dedicated O Pioneers! to her.