January 21 Writer Birthdays

1895 – Davíð Stefánsson, Icelandic poet, novelist, playwright, and librarian. 1904 – Richard P. Blackmur, American poet and literary critic. 1905 – Wanda Wasilewska, Polish writer, screenwriter, politician, and journalist. 1908 – Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (commonly known as Beypore Sultan), award-winning Indian independence activist, freedom fighter, and writer of Malayalam novels and short stories; heContinue reading “January 21 Writer Birthdays”

January 20 Writer Birthdays

1719 – Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer best known for his work The Travels of Anarchis the Younger in Greece. 1804 – Eugène Sue, French author whose novel Mathilde contains the first recorded use of the phrase, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” 1806 – Nathaniel Parker Willis (also known as N. P. Willis), AmericanContinue reading “January 20 Writer Birthdays”

January 19 Writer Birthdays

1803 – Sarah Helen Power Whitman, American poet, essayist, transcendentalist, and Spiritualist, and a romantic interest of Edgar Allan Poe. 1809 – Edgar Allen Poe, American author, poet, editor, and literary critic who was a central figure in the Romantic movement and in all of American literature and who is considered one of the country’sContinue reading “January 19 Writer Birthdays”

January 18 Writer Birthdays

1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British thesaurus developer and physician. 1867 – Rubén Darío, born Félix Rubén Garcia-Sarmiento, Nicaraguan poet and short-story writer. 1882 – A.A. Milne, British playwright, screenwriter, humor writer, and children’s author, best known for his Winnie the Pooh books and other children’s poetry. 1886 – Clara Nordström, maiden name and pseudonymContinue reading “January 18 Writer Birthdays”

Photo Friday: 18 Years

Eighteen years ago yesterday, my husband was on the phone trying to get someone to fix a burst pipe when I hurried in from an ultrasound appointment, three weeks before my due date. “Cancel the plumber. We’re having a baby today.” We rushed to the hospital, and Jonathan Morgan Petrini was born an hour andContinue reading “Photo Friday: 18 Years”

January 17 Writer Birthdays

1600 – Pedro Calderón de la Barca (full name Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño!), a dramatist, poet, and writer of the Spanish Golden Age who was also a soldier and a Roman Catholic priest. 1814 – Ellen Wood, bestselling English novelist, better known as Mrs.Continue reading “January 17 Writer Birthdays”

College Craziness, Part 3

Another college application has been submitted! This one went to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I would like to say that my son is a well-organized and forward-thinking teen who planned ahead and sent this one off days or even weeks before the last possible moment. But no. He hit “submit” with 20 minutesContinue reading “College Craziness, Part 3”

January 15 Writer Birthdays

1622 – Molière (real name Jean-Baptiste Polian), French playwright who is considered one of the masters of comedy in Western literature. 1711 – Sidonia Hedwig Zäunemann (known as die Zäunemännin), German poet who became Poet Laureate of Göttingen at the age of 24. 1850 – Mihai Eminescu (born Mihail Eminovic), Romantic poet, novelist, editor, journalist,Continue reading “January 15 Writer Birthdays”

January 14 Writer Birthdays

1875 – Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Prize-winning French theologian, writer, organist, philosopher, and physician whose name has become synonymous with humanitarianism. 1882 – Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Dutch-American historian, journalist, and children’s book writer, known for his world history for children, The Story of Mankind, which 1n 1922 won the first Newbery Award. 1886 – HughContinue reading “January 14 Writer Birthdays”