February 3 Writer Birthdays

1612 – Samuel Butler, English poet and satirist. 1763 – Caroline von Wolzogen (born Caroline von Lengefeld), German novelist and biographer of Friedrich Schiller, her brother-in-law. 1811 – Horace Greeley, influencial American editor who founded the New York Tribune. 1826 – Walter Bagehot, English economist and journalist whose father-in-law was the founder of the Economist,Continue reading “February 3 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Day 2

February 2 was a Sunday, but I sent two postcards anyway. These went out from a mailbox in Boston, Massachusetts, while I was there with my son over the weekend for one of his college interviews. These were both Postcrossing cards: To Rocca San Casciano, Italy, a card with a vintage beer ad. To Palencia,Continue reading “Month of Letters, Day 2”

February 2 Writer Birthdays

1745 – Hannah More, popular English novelist, religious writer, poet, and playwright. 1882 – James Joyce, Irish modernist author, novelist, short-story writer, poet, and critic, known for his command of the English language and his provocatively complex works of fiction; he is considered one of the most important and influential authors of his era. 1883Continue reading “February 2 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Day 1

February is the Month of Letters, also known as “LetterMo.” Every day this month, those of us who’ve taken the challenge aim to send at least one piece of mail by good, old-fashioned snail mail, and to respond to anyone who writes to us. Bills, junk mail, and other non-personal forms of mail don’t count.Continue reading “Month of Letters, Day 1”

Photo Friday: TC Williams Reflections Winners

Last week, T.C. Williams High School Reflections winners were honored in an awards ceremony at school. Ten students won awards for Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. It’s the only high school in Alexandria that participates in the PTA Reflections contest, so our 1st Place winners are also the 1st Place winnersContinue reading “Photo Friday: TC Williams Reflections Winners”

February 1 Writer Birthdays

1884 – Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin, Russian essayist, novelist, playwright, short-story writer, and science-fiction author. 1887 – Charles Nordhoff, English-born American novelist, nonfiction writer, journalist, and travel writer best known for the book, Mutiny on the Bounty, part of a trilogy written with co-author James Norman Hall. 1902 – Langston Hughes, African-American poet, novelist, playwright, columnist,Continue reading “February 1 Writer Birthdays”

January 31 Writer Birthdays

1624 – Arnold Geulincx, controversial Belgian author and philosopher who tried to work out more detailed versions of a generally Cartesian philosophy. 1735 – J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur (born Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur), French-American essayist famous for his book Letters from an American Farmer, which drew on his experience farming in OrangeContinue reading “January 31 Writer Birthdays”

January 30 Writer Birthdays

1590 – Lady Anne Clifford, English diarist, patron of the arts, women’s rights activist, and High Sheriff 1866 – Frank Gelett Burgess, artist, art critic, poet, author, and humorist; coined the term “blurb” for a quote about a book, printed on the cover to spur sales. 1878 – A.H. Tammsaare, writer whose work is among the most importantContinue reading “January 30 Writer Birthdays”