July 14 Writer Birthdays

1634 – Pasquier Quesnel, French theologian. 1860 – Owen Wister, American author credited with inventing the western novel, with the publication of his iconic book, The Virginian; he also wrote nonfiction and biographies. 1903 – Thomas Dionysius Clark, historian, professor, and author of a landmark history of Kentucky; he was a champion for historic preservation,Continue reading “July 14 Writer Birthdays”

Postcards from the World: Still Life with Books

I haven’t posted lately about any Postcrossing cards I’ve received, but this one deserves to be shared. This postcard arrived from Jana in Czechia. She chose it because I wrote in my profile about how much I love reading books. There is no indication of the artist’s name or the title of the work, butContinue reading “Postcards from the World: Still Life with Books”

July 13 Writer Birthdays

1793 – John Clare, English poet, essayist, and violinist, known especially for his poetry about nature and preserving the environment in the face of the agricultural revolution. 1894 – Isaak Babel, Russian journalist, translator, dramatist, and short-story writer who was arrested and executed during Stalin’s purges. 1918 – Marcia Brown, American children’s author, illustrator, andContinue reading “July 13 Writer Birthdays”

July 12 Writer Birthdays

1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American author, essayist, poet, and philosopher, best known for his works Walden and Civil Disobedience. 1876 – Max Jacob, French poet, painter, writer, and critic whose work is seen as an important link between the symbolism and surrealism; despite the fact that the Jewish-born Jacob had converted to Catholicism decadesContinue reading “July 12 Writer Birthdays”

July 10 Writer Birthdays

1509 – John Calvin, French theologian, pastor, and reformer who wrote bible commentaries, treatises, and many of the foundation documents for reformed churches. 1856 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian/Austrian/American scientist, inventor, and engineer who wrote books and articles about his work, including an autobiography; he is best known for his work with electricity; among his discoveries:Continue reading “July 10 Writer Birthdays”

July 9 Writer Birthdays

1764 – Anne Radcliffe, English author and pioneer of the Gothic novel; she was the most popular author of her day, but not much is known about her life because she was so reclusive. Poet Christina Rossetti tried to write her biography but abandoned the project because so little information was available. 1775 – MatthewContinue reading “July 9 Writer Birthdays”

July 8 Writer Birthdays

1621 – Jean de la Fontaine, French fabulist poet whose collections of fables and poems are still widely read and who also wrote books of stories whose sexual content led to them being were banned by French authorities; before his death he re-embraced Catholicism and publicly denounced his work, going so far as to burnContinue reading “July 8 Writer Birthdays”

July 7 Writer Birthdays

1851 – Lillien Jane Martin, a pioneer in the field of psychology, especially in her work with children and the elderly; she wrote 12 books, but her contributions were ignored in her own time because women were not accepted in her field. 1893 – Herbert Feis, Pulitzer Prize-winning American nonfiction author, professor, and economic advisor.Continue reading “July 7 Writer Birthdays”