March 27 Writer Birthdays

1770 – Eleonora Charlotta d’Albedyhll, née Wrangel, Swedish countess, poet, writer, and salon holder. 1770 – Sophie Friederike Mereau, novelist, poet, translator, publisher, and short-story writer associated with German Romanticism. 1883 – Marie Under, Estonian writer, poet, translator, and archivist who is considered one of Estonia’s greatest poets; she was nominated eight times for theContinue reading “March 27 Writer Birthdays”

March 26 Writer Birthdays

1859 – A.E. Housman (Alfred Edward Housman), English classical scholar and poet, best known for his lyrical “A Shropshire Lad” poems, which evoke the dooms and disappointments of youth in the English countryside. 1819 – Louise Otto-Peters, German journalist, suffragist, and women’s rights activist who wrote novels, poetry, essays, and libretti. 1874 – Robert Frost,Continue reading “March 26 Writer Birthdays”

March 25 Writer Birthdays

1347 – Saint Catherine of Siena, a laywoman associated with the Dominican Order who was a mystic, activist, and author who had a great influence on Italian literature and the Catholic Church. 1625 – Ann Fanshawe, English memoirist and cookbook author; in her 1665 book of recipes, she published the first known written recipe forContinue reading “March 25 Writer Birthdays”

Update to the End of High School

I posted yesterday about the Virginia governor’s announcement that schools are closed through the end of the school year. And today, it was no surprise that the high-school principal confirmed in an email to parents what I’d already assumed: that my son and other seniors will not have a graduation ceremony or prom. I’m sureContinue reading “Update to the End of High School”

March 24 Writer Birthdays

1775 – Muthuswami Dikshitar, Indian poet, author, and legendary composer of Indian classical music. 1826 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American author, editor, journalist, lecturer, abolitionist, suffragist, and activist for women’s rights and Native American rights who ran an Underground Railroad station out of her home and wrote prolifically against oppression of all kinds; her son-in-law,Continue reading “March 24 Writer Birthdays”

And Just Like That, High School Is Over

The governor of Virginia announced today that state K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year. I don’t fault him for making the decision. Our schools were already closed through the end of spring break in mid-April, but anyone who thinks this global coronavirus pandemic will be over by then is, well,Continue reading “And Just Like That, High School Is Over”

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”