September 26 Writer Birthdays

1820 – Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, Indian Bengali writer, philosopher, academic educator, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer, and philanthropist; his efforts to modernize Bengali prose resulted in a more rational and simplified Bengali alphabet. 1872 – Max Ehrmann, American poet most known for his 1927 work “Desiderata.” 1888 – T.S. Eliot, Nobel Prize-winning American-born British poetContinue reading “September 26 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: Reading Raccoon

Recently I posted about our new motion-activated camera that takes photos of wildlife in our backyard. We’ve been getting foxes and raccoons every night, and sometimes during the day as well. Last week’s Photo Friday featured a fox exploring the yard. The raccoons demanded equal time, so this week’s photo shows a raccoon that stoppedContinue reading “Photo Friday: Reading Raccoon”

September 25 Writer Birthdays

1860 – Charles Edward Russell, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, editor, columnist, and activist. 1881 – Lu Xun (魯迅), pen name for Zhou Shuren, leading Chinese poet, novelist, editor, literary critic, translator, and short-story writer. 1897 – William Faulkner, American writer of Southern literature, Nobel Laureate, and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize “for his powerfulContinue reading “September 25 Writer Birthdays”

September 24 Writer Birthdays

1717 – Horace Walpole, English author, art historian, and politician who is now best known for his Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto and for and his 8-volume Letters, which are of significant social and political interest. 1856 – Pratap Narayan Mishra, Indian Hindi essayist who is famous for exhorting all Indians to chant andContinue reading “September 24 Writer Birthdays”

September 23 Writer Birthdays

480 BC – Euripides, Greek playwright who was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens; his theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times include representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. 1863 – Mary Church Terrell, writer, journalist, educator, politician, suffragist, and civil-rights activist whoContinue reading “September 23 Writer Birthdays”

September 22 Writer Birthdays

1837 – Lady Anne Blunt (full name, Anne Isabella Noel Blunt, 15th Baroness Wentworth, née King-Noel), English-born writer, explorer, artist, and vastly influential horse breeder who was the was the daughter of William King, 1st Earl of Lovelace, and Augusta Ada Byron, the world’s first computer programmer, the granddaughter of the poet Lord Byron, andContinue reading “September 22 Writer Birthdays”

September 20 Writer Birthdays

1878 – Upton Sinclair, Pulitzer Prize-winning muckraking novelist, nonfiction author, politician, and journalist. 1884 – William Maxwell Evarts Perkins (better known as Maxwell Perkins), well-known book editor whose authors included Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe. 1899 – Leo Strauss, German-born Jewish-American political philosopher and professor. 1922 – Edie Kerouac-Parker, American memoirist whoContinue reading “September 20 Writer Birthdays”