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“Within the chambers of a quivering heart”: Celebrating Virgo Writers

Posted by Sarah Bofenkamp on

Within the chambers of a quivering heart, Virgo authors hold many things: jeweled memories and alphabetized archives, boxes of old love letters, battered rule books, and promises of perfection. It is where, as Terry Tempest Williams writes, their “beauty and bravery meet.” Further, it is where their words come from… books and books of them, tumbling out like stones from the polisher or like geodes freshly cracked and turned to the sun. 

Virgos are the authors of the earth. As wise as William Least Heat-Moon, as precise as Mary Shelley, and as enduring as Jean Rhys, they have carved their work from the world for centuries. Take Agatha Christie, who wrote her non-stop bestselling mysteries in the half-hour increments she could whittle away from domestic life. Or Richard Wright, who penned his famous Native Son on the same everyday, all-weather bench in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. Steadfast and sustaining, Virgos are the healers, candle holders, and compasses of the zodiac.

They are the authors who keep us pointed northward and the only ones who will guide us, by celestial hand, through the heart of literature. A place where Rita Dove works in one chamber, and Jorge Luis Borges in another. A place where adrienne maree brown and Mary Oliver live: Julio Cortázar and H.D. and William Saroyan too. A place where nothing is done halfway and where no word is wasted. 

Sarah J. Bofenkamp is a reader, writer, and librarian living in Palouse, Washington. Her partner, Mary, is a Virgo.

Famous Virgo Authors

Edgar Lee Masters - August 23, 1868
Jean Rhys - August 24, 1890
Jorge Luis Borges - August 24, 1899
A.S. Byatt - August 24, 1936
Charles Wright - August 25, 1935
Martin Amis - August 25, 1949
Guillaume Apollinaire - August 26, 1880
Christopher Isherwood - August 26, 1904
Julio Cortázar - August 26, 1914
Theodore Dreiser - August 27, 1871
Ira Levin - August 27, 1929
William Least Heat-Moon - August 27, 1939
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - August 28, 1749
Rita Dove - August 28, 1952
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - August 30, 1797
William Saroyan - August 31, 1908
Sarah Orne Jewett - September 3, 1849
Mary Renault - September 4, 1905
Richard Wright - September 4, 1908
Robert M. Pirsig - September 6, 1928
adrienne maree brown - September 6, 1978
Edith Sitwell - September 7, 1887
Jennifer Egan - September 7, 1962
Ann Beattie - September 8, 1947
Terry Tempest Williams - September 8, 1955
Leo Tolstoy - September 9, 1828
Mary Hunter Austin - September 9, 1868
Sonia Sanchez - September 9, 1934
Georgia Douglas Johnson - September 10, 1880
H.D. - September 10, 1886
Mary Oliver - September 10, 1935
Alison Bechdel - September 10, 1960
O. Henry - ​​September 11, 1862
D.H. Lawrence - September 11, 1885
H.L. Mencken - September 12, 1880
Michael Ondaatje - September 12, 1943
Sherwood Anderson - September 13, 1876
Alain LeRoy Locke - September 13, 1885
Roald Dahl - September 13, 1916
Adrienne Kennedy - September 13, 1931
Kate Millett - September 14, 1934
James Fenimore Cooper - September 15, 1789
Claude McKay - September 15, 1890
Agatha Christie - September 15, 1890
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - September 15, 1977
John Knowles - September 16, 1926
James Alan McPherson - September 16, 1943
Henry Louis Gates Jr. - September 16, 1950
William Carlos Williams - September 17, 1883
Ken Kesey - September 17, 1935
William Golding - September 19, 1911
Upton Sinclair - September 20, 1878
George R. R. Martin - ​​September 20, 1948
Hanya Yanagihara - September 20, 1974
H.G. Wells - September 21, 1866
Fannie Flagg - September 21, 1944
Stephen King - September 21, 1947
Fay Weldon - September 22, 1931

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