March 23 Writer Birthdays

1814 – Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, Cuban-born Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright who sometimes used the pseudonym La Peregrina (The Pilgrim); her most famous work is the antislavery novel Sab, about a slave who is deeply in love with his mistress Carlota, who is entirely oblivious to his feelings for her. 1881 –Continue reading “March 23 Writer Birthdays”

March 22 Writer Birthdays

1712 – Edward Moore, English dramatist and poet. 1771 – Heinrich D. Zschokke, German/Swiss author and reformer. 1846 – Randolph Caldecott, British artist and illustrator; influential in children’s book art; the Caldecott Medal is named for him. 1901 – Gabrielle Roy, influential and critically acclaimed French-Canadian author. 1908 – Louis L’Amour, popular novelist of theContinue reading “March 22 Writer Birthdays”

March 21 Writer Birthdays

1893 – Geoffrey Dearmer, British poet whose works dealt with the brutality of war. 1902 – William Downie Forrest, Scottish journalist, editor, and war correspondent. 1905 – Phyllis McGinley, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of children’s books and poetry. 1919 – Geoffrey Pinnington, British reporter and editor. 1928 – Peter Hacks, German playwright, author, and essayist.Continue reading “March 21 Writer Birthdays”

Update From the Land of Social Distancing

It’s the end of the first week of The End of Life as We Know It, as we all try to adjust to our new, Coronavirus-induced reality. Everything is weird and tense and depressing, but you already know that. Virginia does not yet have a statewide order to close businesses, but many have closed anyway;Continue reading “Update From the Land of Social Distancing”

Photo Friday: Cherry Blossom Time

It’s cherry blossom season in and around Washington, D.C.! Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is keeping people at home, so many of us will not be heading to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms in person. Predictions for peak bloom time range this year from March 18 to March 30, so this seems like aContinue reading “Photo Friday: Cherry Blossom Time”

March 20 Writer Birthdays

43 BC – Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid, Ancient Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses. 1828 – Henrik Willem Ibsen, Norwegian playwright and poet, considered the “Father of Realism.” 1845 – Lucy Myers Wright Mitchell, classical historian and archaeologist. 1904 – B.F. Skinner, influential American psychologist and author. 1907 – John Hugh MacLennan,Continue reading “March 20 Writer Birthdays”

March 19 Writer Birthdays

1084 – Li Qingzhao, Chinese writer, poet, essayist, artist, and lyricist; she is considered one of the greatest poets in Chinese history. 1721 – Tobias Smollett, Scottish poet and author best known for his picaresque novels and for his work’s influence on Charles Dickens. 1821 – Sir Richard Francis Burton, British explorer, translator, and travelContinue reading “March 19 Writer Birthdays”

March 18 Writer Birthdays

1652 – Anne Margrethe Qvitzow, Danish poet, writer, memoirist, and translator. 1634 – Madame de La Fayette, French writer, novelist, historian, lady-in-waiting, and correspondent; her novel La Princesse de Clèves was France’s first historical novel and one of the earliest novels in all of literature. 1829 – Mary Ann Harris Gay, American writer and poetContinue reading “March 18 Writer Birthdays”

St Patrick’s Day

The legend says that Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. For Saint Patrick’s Day this year, can we get him to drive away the coronavirus? Seriously, the world needs a whole lot of luck right now. Good public health policy would help even more, and so far, that’s in short supply here inContinue reading “St Patrick’s Day”

March 17 Writer Birthdays

1819 – Sarah Carter Edgarton Mayo, American author, editor, and poet. 1820 – Jean Ingelow, English poet, novelist, and children’s writer. 1826 – Oscar Ferdinand Peschel, German geographer and anthropologist, most remembered for his book The Races of Man and Their Geographical Distribution, which classifies humans into seven races. 1832 – Moncure Daniel Conway, clergyman,Continue reading “March 17 Writer Birthdays”