August 5 Writer Birthdays

1647 – Anne Le Fèvre Dacier (better known during her lifetime as Madame Dacier), French scholar, translator, linguist, commentator. and editor of the classics, including the Iliad and the Odyssey; she championed ancient literature and used her great capabilities in Latin and Greek for this purpose as well as for her own financial support, producingContinue reading “August 5 Writer Birthdays”

August 4 Writer Birthdays

1792 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet who is considered one of the finest lyric and epic poets in the English language; he was married to novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who is best known as the author of Frankenstein. 1839 – Walter Horatio Pater, English essayist, literary and art critic, fiction writer, and humanistContinue reading “August 4 Writer Birthdays”

August 3 Writer Birthdays

1548 – Pari Khan Khanum (also spelled Parikhan Khanum) Safavid poet, writer, and princess who was the daughter of the Safavid king (shah) Tahmasp I and an influential figure in the Safavid state, even becoming de facto ruler for a short period; eventually she was strangled to death because her influence and power were perceivedContinue reading “August 3 Writer Birthdays”

August 2 Writer Birthdays

1865 – Irving Babbitt, American academic and literary critic; a founder of the New Humanism movement. 1867 – Ernest Christopher Dowson, English poet, novelist, and short-story writer associated with the Decadent movement. 1870 – Marianne Weber (born Marianne Schnitger), German writer, legal historian, sociologist, women’s rights activist, and politician; she married well-known social theorist MaxContinue reading “August 2 Writer Birthdays”

August 1 Writer Birthdays

0845 – Sugawara no Michizane, Japanese Kanshi poet, writer, and diplomat who is today revered in Shinto as the god of learning, Tenman-Tenjin. 1779 – Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and poet who authored the lyrics to the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” 1815 – Richard Henry Dana, Jr., American lawyer and politician, andContinue reading “August 1 Writer Birthdays”

July 31 Writer Birthdays

1875 – Kunio Yanagita, Japanese writer, folklorist, linguist, Esperantist, university teacher, agronomist, anthropologist, and lexicographer who is considered the father of Japanese native folkloristics, or minzokugaku. 1880 – Premchand (pen name for Dhanpat Rai Shrivastava), prolific Indian writer, screenwriter, novelist, essayist, translator, and short-story author who wrote in Hindi and Urdu and also used theContinue reading “July 31 Writer Birthdays”

Postcards From the World: Bookish

I’m a sucker for a bookish postcard, so I had to share this Postcrossing card I received from a Postcrosser named Paula in Texas. Paula loves to read and to travel, as I do. Though she didn’t have room to say a lot in her card, I got the feeling we’d be friends, if weContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Bookish”

July 30 Writer Birthdays

1511 – Giorgio Vasari, Italian writer, historian, painter, and architect who wrote Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, considered the ideological foundation of art-history writing; he was also the first to use the term “Renaissance” in print. 1818 – Emily Brontë, English author and poet whose only novel, Wuthering Heights, published underContinue reading “July 30 Writer Birthdays”