February 14 Writer Birthdays

1404 – Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance humanist author, playwright, poet, artist, architect, priest, linguist, philosopher, mathematician, musicologist, and cryptographer.

1818 – Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) American writer, orator, memoirist, social reformer, abolitionist, women’s suffragist, and statesman who escaped from slavery to became a leader of the abolitionist movement; he
described his experiences as a slave in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a bestseller and promoted the cause of abolition. He was the first African-American nominated for Vice President of the United States, as the running mate of Presidential nominee Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.

1869 – Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian Bolshevik who was a writer, librarian, teacher, and politician; she was the wife of Vladimir Lenin.

1861 – Andrew C. McLaughlin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian, best known for A Constitutional History of the United States.

1890 – Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist and writer who was an expert on sailors’ chanteys; she became known as the Queen of Bohemia.

1944- Carl Bernstein, American journalist and author, most famous for his reporting, with Bob Woodward of the Watergate scandal for the Washington Post and the book All the President’s Men that described the team’s work on uncovering the facts.

1952 – George Shannon, American teacher, librarian, storyteller, and popular author of children’s books.

1977 – Tow Ubukata, Japanese novelist, science-fiction writer, and anime screenwriter.

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