March 30 Writer Birthdays

1820 – Anna Sewell, English novelist whose only published work was the book Black Beauty, told from the point of view of a horse; it is one of the most popular children’s classics, though it was originally intended for adults who worked with horses. 1844 – Paul Verlaine, French poet associated with the Symbolist andContinue reading “March 30 Writer Birthdays”

March 29 Writer Birthdays

1831 – Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, prolific British novelist, autobiographer, and teacher, much of whose fiction was set in Scotland and England. 1865 – Stephen Bonsal, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, war correspondent, author, translator, and diplomat. 1901 – Andrija Maurović, Croatian comic book author and illustrator who is considered the father of Croatian and YugoslavContinue reading “March 29 Writer Birthdays”

March 28 Writer Birthdays

1868 – Maxim Gorky, Russian Soviet writer and founder of the Socialist Realism literary movement; he was a four-time nominee for the Nobel Prize. 1887 – Dimcho Debelianov (Димчо Дебелянов), Bulgarian poet 1909 – Nelson Algren, National Book Award-winning American novelist and short-story writer. 1924 – Byrd Baylor, American novelist, essayist, and picture-book author whoseContinue reading “March 28 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: Homemade Bagels

With the pandemic having shut down so much of society outside our homes, many of us are spending some of our newfound free time in the kitchen. Generally, I am not what anyone would call domestic, but I do like to bake. In fact, I frequently bake bread. But for years, I’ve wanted to attemptContinue reading “Photo Friday: Homemade Bagels”

March 27 Writer Birthdays

1770 – Eleonora Charlotta d’Albedyhll, née Wrangel, Swedish countess, poet, writer, and salon holder. 1770 – Sophie Friederike Mereau, novelist, poet, translator, publisher, and short-story writer associated with German Romanticism. 1883 – Marie Under, Estonian writer, poet, translator, and archivist who is considered one of Estonia’s greatest poets; she was nominated eight times for theContinue reading “March 27 Writer Birthdays”

March 26 Writer Birthdays

1859 – A.E. Housman (Alfred Edward Housman), English classical scholar and poet, best known for his lyrical “A Shropshire Lad” poems, which evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English countryside. 1819 – Louise Otto-Peters, German journalist, suffragist, and women’s rights activist who wrote novels, poetry, essays, and libretti. 1874 – Robert Frost,Continue reading “March 26 Writer Birthdays”

March 25 Writer Birthdays

1347 – Saint Catherine of Siena, a laywoman associated with the Dominican Order who was a mystic, activist, and author who had a great influence on Italian literature and the Catholic Church. 1625 – Ann Fanshawe, English memoirist and cookbook author; in her 1665 book of recipes, she published the first known written recipe forContinue reading “March 25 Writer Birthdays”

Update to the End of High School

I posted yesterday about the Virginia governor’s announcement that schools are closed through the end of the school year. And today, it was no surprise that the high-school principal confirmed in an email to parents what I’d already assumed: that my son and other seniors will not have a graduation ceremony or prom. I’m sureContinue reading “Update to the End of High School”

March 24 Writer Birthdays

1775 – Muthuswami Dikshitar, Indian poet, author, and legendary composer of Indian classical music. 1826 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American author, editor, journalist, lecturer, abolitionist, suffragist, and activist for women’s rights and Native American rights who ran an Underground Railroad station out of her home and wrote prolifically against oppression of all kinds; her son-in-law,Continue reading “March 24 Writer Birthdays”