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18 Persons in the New York State Writers Hall of Fame:

Allen Ginsberg

Real/Birth Name:
Irwin Allen Ginsberg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Poet associated witth the Beat Generation. A peace activist. Experimented with drugs. World traveler. Rainbow Honor Walk. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2015.

Dorothy Parker

Real/Birth Name:
Dorothy Rothschild
Also Known As:
Constant Reader
Nickname(s):
Dot
Dottie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Brief Facts:

On Hollywood Blacklist. Movies A Star Is Born (1937), A Star Is Born (1954) author of the screenplays. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2011.

E.B. White

Real/Birth Name:
Elwyn Brooks White
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Died in North Brooklin, Maine. Books Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Elements of Style (co-written.) Pulitzer Prize winner. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1963. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2010.

E.L. Doctorow

Real/Birth Name:
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow
Also Known As:
E. L. Doctorow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Books Billy Bathgate, Loon Lake, The March, Ragtime, The Book of Daniel. Bronx Walk of Fame 2001, New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012. New Rochelle Walk of Fame. National Humanities Medal 1998.

Edith Wharton

Real/Birth Name:
Edith Newbold Jones
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Brief Facts:

Pulitzer Prize for Novel 1921. Novel The Age of Innocence. National Women's Hall of Fame 1996. French Legion of Honor. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2010.

Edna Ferber

Real/Birth Name:
Edna Ferber
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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Novels So Big, Show Boat. Michigan Women's Hall of Fame 2009. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012.

Hart Crane

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Hart Crane
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Brief Facts:

Poems The Broken Tower, The Bridge, Repose of Rivers. Suicide, jumped overboard into the Gulf of Mexico from a steamship. Body never recovered. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012.

Isaac Asimov

Real/Birth Name:
Isaak Yudovich Ozimov
Also Known As:
Paul French
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Brief Facts:

Prolific science and science fiction writer, over 500 works published. Books Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation, I, Robot. Died of heart and kidney failure, which were due to complications of the HIV infection, contracted from a blood transfusion. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 1997. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2015.

Kurt Vonnegut

Real/Birth Name:
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
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Books Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions. Was a prisoner of war in Word War II in Dresden, Germany. Died of a head injury after a fall down stairs at home. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012.

Madeleine L'Engle

Real/Birth Name:
Madeleine L'Engle Camp
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
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Brief Facts:

Best known for science fiction/fantasy for children and adults. Book A Wrinkle in Time. Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame 1996. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2011. National Humanities Medal 2004.

Mary Higgins Clark

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins
Also Known As:
Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
90, 14 days before her 91st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Brief Facts:

Author of suspense / mystery novels. Book, adapted to film Where Are the Children?. Television movies adapted from her stories. Irish America Hall of Fame 2011. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2011. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2014.

Maurice Sendak

Real/Birth Name:
Maurice Bernard Sendak
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83, 33 days before his 84th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Brief Facts:

Children's book author and illustrator, wrote Where the Wild Things Are. National Medal of Arts 1996. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2013.

Nora Ephron

Real/Birth Name:
Nora Ephron
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Movies Julie & Julia, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally..., This Is My Life, You've Got Mail, My Blue Heaven. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2014.

Rex Stout

Real/Birth Name:
Rex Todhunter Stout
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Detective fiction, with character Nero Wolfe. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2014.

Richard Wright

Real/Birth Name:
Richard William Wright
Also Known As:
Rick Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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Keyboards. Founding member of band Pink Floyd. Albums Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2010 as a member of Pink Floyd.
London Avenue of Stars 2010 as a member of Pink Floyd.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1996 as a member of Pink Floyd.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2005 as a member of Pink Floyd.

Toni Morrison

Real/Birth Name:
Chloe Ardelia Wofford
Also Known As:
Chloe Anthony Wofford
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books (novels) The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Beloved. Movie Beloved. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1987. Nobel Prize in Literature 1993. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2012. Ohio Women's Hall of Fame 1982. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012. National Humanities Medal 2000.

Walt Whitman

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Whitman
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Wrote book Leaves of Grass. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2009. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2010.

Willa Cather

Real/Birth Name:
Wilella Sibert Cather
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Novels My Antonia, Sapphira and the Slave Girl. Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for her novel One of Ours. National Women's Hall of Fame 1988. Nebraska Hall of Fame 1962. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame 1986. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2011.
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