Born This Day

A Book of Birthdays and Quotations of Prominent People Through the Centuries, 2d ed.


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About the Book

This paperback reprint of the 2007 second edition (a few reviews above) lists 12 significant people born on each day of the year (including February 29), and includes a quotation from each person that allows a glimpse of their personality. For each date, a diverse dozen speakers were chosen, based on: prominence; quality of the quotation; uniqueness of the speaker (gender, time period, nationality, vocation); and conflicting social, political, religious or philosophical background. In addition to those quoted, each entry lists other significant individuals born on that day.

About the Author(s)

Robert A. Nowlan is a scholar, researcher, teacher, writer, storyteller and lecturer, and the author of two dozen books and numerous articles. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and Marco Island, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Robert A. Nowlan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 519
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2012 [2007]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6435-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi
Preface     1
Birthdays     3
Index of People     463

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “an eclectic range selected from different time periods and widely disparate types of fame…much more comprehensive [then the competition]…a fine ready-reference volume offering unique information. Recommended”—Booklist
  • “will warm even the most jaded reader’s (and librarian’s) heart…well organized, lists hundreds of accurate and obscure references, has broad appeal, and combines the best qualities of a reference book a with a coffee-table book. Highly recommended. All levels”—Choice
  • “libraries…cannot have enough such books”—Rettig on Reference
  • “The quotations … reflect and encompass the contradictions, complexities, wisdom, humor, pleasure, and prejudices of human life”—American Reference Books Annual