December 14 Writer Birthdays

1503 – Nostradamus, author, astrologist, and alleged seer, credited with foreseeing many world events (possibly born on Dec. 21; accounts vary). 1777 – Juan N. Gallego, Spanish poet, priest & interpreter. 1895 – Paul Éluard, French poet who helped found the surrealist movement. 1916 – Shirley Jackson, influential mystery and horror writer of novels, memoirs,Continue reading “December 14 Writer Birthdays”

December 13 Writer Birthdays

1797 – Christian Johann Heinrich Heine, German journalist, essayist, and literary critic who was also one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century; some of his early lyric poetry was set to music by such composers as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. 1871 – Emily Carr, Canadian artist and writer who wasContinue reading “December 13 Writer Birthdays”

December 12 Writer Birthdays

1821 – Gustave Flaubert, influential French author of literary realism best known for the classic novel Madame Bovary. 1905 – Mulk Raj Anand, Indian writer who wrote in English about the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society; a pioneer of Indo-Anglian fiction, he was one of the first India-based writers in EnglishContinue reading “December 12 Writer Birthdays”

December 11 Writer Birthdays

1725 – George Mason, American planter, politician, statesman, writer, and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution. His writings, including substantial portions of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774 and his Objections to this Constitution of Government, have greatly influenced American political thought; he is calledContinue reading “December 11 Writer Birthdays”

Winter (Concert) Is Coming

The T.C. Williams H.S. Orchestra concert is coming! Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., we will all be in the high school auditorium to hear the three orchestras (9th Grade, Concert, and Chamber) perform the music they’ve been working on this fall. My son is a first violinist in the Chamber Orchestra, but on one piece, he’llContinue reading “Winter (Concert) Is Coming”

December 10 Writer Birthdays

1783 – Maria Benitez, Puerto Rican poet. 1830 – Emily Dickinson, beloved and prolific American poet, most of whose work was not discovered until after her death. 1891 – Nelly Sachs, Nobel Prize-winning Jewish German poet and playwright who escaped to Sweden to avoid being sent to a forced-labor camp; in her work, she gave voice to the suffering ofContinue reading “December 10 Writer Birthdays”

December 9 Writer Birthdays

1608 – John Milton, English epic poet who penned Paradise Lost. 1848 – Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist, fiction writer, and folklorist; collector and reteller of the African-American folktales that became known as the Uncle Remus stories. 1899 – Jean de Brunhoff, French author of children’s books, best known for creating Babar the Elephant. 1899 – Leonie Fuller, U.S. Poet Laureate.Continue reading “December 9 Writer Birthdays”

Boston or Busk

In my role as high-school orchestra parent/roadie/groupie, I often accompany groups of violin-toting teenagers as they perform in various venues. One of the activities of the T.C. Williams High School orchestra is busking. Don’t know what it means to busk? Here’s a definition: busk1 /bəsk/ verb 1. perform music or other entertainment in the streetContinue reading “Boston or Busk”

December 8 Writer Birthdays

65BC – Horace, Roman satirist & lyric poet. 1832 – Björnstjerne Björnson, Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist. 1862 – Georges Feydeau, Belle Epoque playwright and a forerunner of absurdist theater. 1881 – Padraic Colum, Irish poet, novelist and dramatist who was a leading figure of the Irish literary revival. 1894 – James Thurber, author, journalist and cartoonist; especially known for workContinue reading “December 8 Writer Birthdays”