Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989. Swift is a singer and songwriter who began as a teenage country singer with pop crossover appeal and has become one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.
Olivier Messiaen was born on December 10, 1908. The French composer wrote primarily keyboard and orchestral music, often focused on his two primary devotions—the mysteries of his Catholic faith, and birds.
Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832. Alcott was a writer of novels and short stories whose most enduring work is Little Women, the story of the four March sisters and their journey from childhood to adulthood.
Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic best known for her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
Johnny Mercer was born on November 18, 1909. For a quarter-century, Mercer was one of America’s most successful songwriters, writing more than 1,200 songs; he was primarily a lyricist, but occasionally wrote the music as well.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born on November 11, 1922. Vonnegut’s accessible style, dry humor, and anti-war politics made him one of the most popular novelists of the late 1960s and early 1970s.