December 4 Writer Birthdays

0034 – Persius (full name Aulus Persius Flaccus), Ancient Tuscan poet, writer, philosopher, and satirist of Etruscan origin; in his poems and satires he shows a stoic wisdom and a strong criticism for what he considered to be the stylistic abuses of his poetic contemporaries. His work enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the MiddleContinue reading “December 4 Writer Birthdays”

December 3 Writer Birthdays

1560 – Jan Gruter (also spelled Gruytère, and Latinized as Janus Gruterus), Flemish-born Belgian writer, poet, philologist, professor, and librarian. 1714 – Anica Boškovic, Ragusan writer, songwriter, and translator whose work, The Dialogue, was the first known literary work written by a female author in the literature of Ragusa, former republic that is now aContinue reading “December 3 Writer Birthdays”

December 2 Writer Birthdays

1728 – Ferdinando Galiani, influential Italian economist and writer who was a leading figure of the Enlightenment. 1820 – Elizaveta Niklaevna Akhmatova (pen name Leila), Russian writer, publisher, and translator who is remembered most today for her translations of English and French writers into Russian. 1868 – Francis Jammes, French poet whose poems are knownContinue reading “December 2 Writer Birthdays”

December 1 Writer Birthdays

1083 – Anna Komnene (also spelled Comnena), a Greek princess, scholar, doctor, hospital administrator, and the daughter of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos of Byzantium; she wrote the Alexiad, a historical account of her father’s reign. 1722 – Anna Louisa Karsch, German writer and poet who was known in her day as “the German Sappho” andContinue reading “December 1 Writer Birthdays”

November 30 Writer Birthdays

0538 – Gregory of Tours (born Georgius Florentius), French-born Gallo-Roman historian and writer who was Bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of the area that has been referred to as Gaul; his work is the primary contemporary source for Merovingian history, including his most notable work, Decem Libri Historiarum (Ten Books ofContinue reading “November 30 Writer Birthdays”

What Is Wrong With People?

I read something online today about a couple of paramedics who were called to the scene where a young woman had drowned. She was in her 20s and wearing a bikini. One of the paramedics suggested to his partner that they turn over the body, because he thought the way she was lying was sexyContinue reading “What Is Wrong With People?”

November 29 Writer Birthdays

1724 – Saviour Bernard, Maltese medical practitioner, scientist, author, and major philosopher. 1781 – Andrés Bello (also known as Andrés de Jesús María y José Bello López), Venezuelan poet, humanist, educator, philologist, diplomat, and scholar whose political and literary works constitute an important part of Spanish American culture. 1799 – Amos Bronson Alcott, U.S. teacher,Continue reading “November 29 Writer Birthdays”