May 25 Writer Birthdays

1803 – Edward Bulwer-Lytton, English novelist, poet, playwright, and Member of Parliament who coined several phrases that are still used today, including “the great unwashed”, “pursuit of the almighty dollar,” and “the pen is mightier than the sword.” He is best known for the opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night,” which inspiredContinue reading “May 25 Writer Birthdays”

May 24 Writer Birthdays

1855 – Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, English playwright and actor who specialized in farces and drawing-room comedies but also wrote an opera libretto and “problem plays” that addressed “the double standard of morality, applied unequally to men and women.” 1878 – Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist, writer, industrial and mechanical engineer, teacher, inventor, and businessperson;Continue reading “May 24 Writer Birthdays”

May 23 Writer Birthdays

1707 – Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician who formalized binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms, and is known as the “father of modern taxonomy.” 1810 – Margaret Fuller, American journalist, poet, social reformer, feminist, critic, and foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune; she died in 1850 in a boat fire.Continue reading “May 23 Writer Birthdays”

Friday Photo: Prairie Dog 2

Oops. When I scheduled this week’s Friday Photo, I hit the wrong date and it posted yesterday. Is Thursday the new Friday? With the pandemic shutdown in effect, sometimes it’s hard to tell. You can check out yesterday’s post if you’d like to see the photo I posted of this prairie dog’s cousin. And hereContinue reading “Friday Photo: Prairie Dog 2”

May 22 Writer Birthdays

1009 – Su Xun, Chinese Song dynasty poet and essayist. 1790 – Bianca Milesi, Italian writer, painter, and educator who studied the philosophy of the Enlightenment. 1808 – Gérard de Nerval, pen name of French writer, translator, essayist, and Romantic poet Gérard Labrunie. 1846 – Rita Cetina Gutiérrez, influential Mexican poet, writer, educator, and feministContinue reading “May 22 Writer Birthdays”

May 21 Writer Birthdays

1688 – Alexander Pope, English poet and translator best known for his use of satirical verse; he is considered one of the foremost poets of his time. 1901 – Suzanne Lilar, Flemish Belgian novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher, and lawyer who wrote in French. 1913 – Oloori Kofoworola “Kofo” Aina Ademola (Lady Ademola,Continue reading “May 21 Writer Birthdays”

May 20 Writer Birthdays

1799 – Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright who is considered one of the founders of European realism. 1830 – Hector Malot, French novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and theatre critic. 1882 – Sigrid Undset, Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist, known for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages. 1890 – Allan Nevins, American historian and biographer, winner of the 1933Continue reading “May 20 Writer Birthdays”

May 19 Writer Birthdays

1771 – Rahel Antonie Friederike Varnhagen, German author, essayist, and letter writer who hosted one of the most prominent salons in Europe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries; in addition to her own writings, she is the subject of a celebrated biography, Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess, written by Hannah Arendt,Continue reading “May 19 Writer Birthdays”