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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Author birthdays--March 9

Mickey Spillane, 1918
The creator of Mike Hammer who was also a circus performer who was shot out of cannons and who indulged in stock car racing, flying, and diving for sunken treasure. In 1995, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Allen Poe Awards.

While critics were tough on his books, they loved him as an actor and he was able to star in movies as his own creation, Mike Hammer.

Victoria Sackville-West, 1892
A poet who wrote 13 novels, Victoria Sackville-West led a dramatic life filled with adventure. She was best known as Vita. She was born in Kent, England and her first work--a verse drama written when she was 17--was published privately. She married a diplomat, but both of them had homosexual affairs throughout their long marriage. Her longest companion was Violet Trefusis, though she also had relationships with Virginia Woolf, Hilda Matheson, and Mary Campbell.

She was made a Companion of Honour for her services to literature and she and her husband created the garden at Sissinghurst Castle. She died of cancer in 1962.


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