February 7 Writer Birthdays

1478 – Thomas More, English Renaissance writer and humanist who coined the term “utopia.” 1812 – Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic; one of the major novelists of the Victorian age, his works are still widely read today. 1837 – James Murray, Scottish lexicographer, philologist, and primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. 1867Continue reading “February 7 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Days 4, 5, and 6

I’ve been continuing to write and snail mail at least one letter a day in the Month of Letters challenge. Here is what I’ve sent in the last few days: Tuesday, Feb. 4 — I wrote a long, newsy letter to a Month of Letters participant in Huntsville, Alabama. Wednesday, Feb. 5 — Just oneContinue reading “Month of Letters, Days 4, 5, and 6”

February 6 Writer Birthdays

1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English playwright, poet, translator, and (probably) government spy of the Elizabethan era; he is sometimes credited with authorship of plays attributed to Shakespeare, but most scholars refute this. 1753 – Évariste Desiré de Forges, vicomte de Parny, French poet who was extremely popular during his lifetime; Pushkin once called him, “MyContinue reading “February 6 Writer Birthdays”

February 5 Writer Birthdays

1813 – Jermain Wesley Loguen, American writer and abolitionist, known for The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman, a Narrative of Real Life. 1871 – Jovan Dučić, Bosnian Serb modernist poet, political writer, and diplomat. 1893 – William Earl Johns, English pilot and writer of adventure stories, usually under theContinue reading “February 5 Writer Birthdays”

February 4 Writer Birthdays

1820 – Božena Nemcová, Czech writer of the National Revival movement who wrote novels as well as books of fairy tales and legends; her image is featured on Czech banknotes. 1902 – Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, military officer, author, and environmental activist who wrote The Spirit of St. Louis about making the first solo transatlanticContinue reading “February 4 Writer Birthdays”

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”