May 23 Writer Birthdays

1606 – Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer, mathematician, and Catholic philosopher. 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.” 1729 – Giuseppe Parini, Italian Neoclassical poet, writer, and satirist. 1802 – Mary Hennell, BritishContinue reading “May 23 Writer Birthdays”

May 22 Writer Birthdays

1009 – Su Xun, Chinese Song dynasty poet and essayist. 1772 – Ram Mohan Roy, Indian writer, translator, philosopher, religious and social reformer, and humanitarian known for efforts to abolish child marriage and the practice of sati (the sacrifice of a widow on her deceased husband’s pyre); he is considered the “father of the IndianContinue reading “May 22 Writer Birthdays”

May 21 Writer Birthdays

1546 – Madeleine de l’Aubespine, French writer, poet, literary patron, and lady in waiting to Catherine de Medici; l’Aubespine was one of the earliest female erotic poets and was one of the few female poets whose work was praised by “the prince of poets,” Pierre de Ronsard. 1688 – Alexander Pope, English poet and translatorContinue reading “May 21 Writer Birthdays”

Postcards From the World: London, 1958

Today’s featured postcard shows a photo taken in London, but the card comes to me from a Postcrosser in New York. The photograph is dated 1958; unfortunately, there is no other information on the card, except for the name of the photographer: Frank Horvat. He was an Italian photographer who spent much of his careerContinue reading “Postcards From the World: London, 1958”

May 20 Writer Birthdays

1470 – Pietro Bembo, Venetian Italian writer, poet, librarian, historian, essayist, translator, and Catholic cardinal; he influential in the development of the Italian language, specifically Tuscan, as a literary medium, codifying the language for standard modern usage. 1505 – Levinus Lemnius, Dutch writer, physician, astrologer, and Catholic priest. 1754 – Elisabeth “Elisa” Charlotte Constanzia vonContinue 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”

May 18 Writer Birthdays

1048 – Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician; known for his collection of poetry that translator Edward FitzGerald titled The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám. 1452 – Henry the Younger of Poděbrady, Czech poet, writer, and translator who was Prince of Bohemia and Duke of Münsterberg. 1711 – Roger Joseph Boscovich, Croat-Italian writer, poet,Continue reading “May 18 Writer Birthdays”

May 17 Writer Birthdays

1155 – Jien, Japanese historian, poet, and Buddhist monk. 1723 – Bianca Laura Saibante, Italian poet and playwright who was one of the founders of the cultural institution, the Accademia Roveretana degli Agiati. 1792 – Isabella Noel Byron (11th Baroness Wentworth and Baroness Byron, née Milbanke), English writer, poet, memoirist, and mathematician who was marriedContinue reading “May 17 Writer Birthdays”