March 3 Writer Birthdays

1606 – Edmund Waller, English poet and member of Parliament. 1746 – Princess Izabela Dorota Czartoryska (née Fleming), Polish noblewoman, writer, and art collector who was a key figure in Enlightenment-era Poland; she founded of Poland’s first museum, the Czartoryski Museum. 1756 – William Godwin, English political philosopher, journalist, novelist, and anarchist who was theContinue reading “March 3 Writer Birthdays”

March 2 Writer Birthdays

1578 – George Sandys, English writer, poet, politician, translator, travel writer, explorer, and colonizer 1800 – Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet who was lauded by Alexander Pushkin as the finest Russian elegiac poet. 1817 – Janos Arany, Hungarian poet, translator and journalist who has been called “the Shakespeare of ballads.” 1820 – Eduard Douwes Dekker, DutchContinue reading “March 2 Writer Birthdays”

March 1 Writer Birthdays

1837 – William Dean Howells, American author and literary critic; creator of the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham. 1880 – Lytton Strachey, British author and critic, most known for his biographies and for his association with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group of English writers, artists, and philosophers. 1892 – Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Japanese writerContinue reading “March 1 Writer Birthdays”

Book Review: Outlander

When I first read this book, years ago, I loved it. It’s filled with interesting, complex characters and raw, sometimes gut-wrenching emotion. OK, it may be a bit “trashy” at times, but it’s a fun read. The 18th-century Scottish (and French) setting is fascinating and feels authentic. Many of the plot twists turn normal genreContinue reading “Book Review: Outlander”

February 29 Writer Birthdays

1848 – Adele Zay, Romanian/Hungarian writer, teacher, pedagogue, school administrator, and women’s rights activist. 1908 – Dee Brown, American novelist and historian whose most famous work is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. 1920 – Howard Nemerov, Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning American poet, novelist, and critic who was U.S. Poet Laureate twice. 1936Continue reading “February 29 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Day 28

Wow, the Month of Letters challenge is almost over for 2020! I meant to mail some actual penpal-type letters on Friday, February 28, but we had some drama at home concerning my son’s desperate rush to complete an English assignment that absolutely, positively had to get submitted online to the teacher — and that requiredContinue reading “Month of Letters, Day 28”

Photo Friday: Yes, We Did

Virginia is one of the Super Tuesday states, with the Democratic presidential primary coming up in a few days. That should give me hope that we can sweep away the cruel and corrupt administration that is distorting everything this country is supposed to stand for. But recent campaign events — including the fiasco of aContinue reading “Photo Friday: Yes, We Did”

February 28 Writer Birthdays

1533 – Michel de Montaigne, influential French Renaissance writer and philosopher who popularized the essay as a literary genre. 1814 – William Henry Giles Kingston, British writer of historical novels and travel books, who was best known for his popular tales for boys; often known as “W.H.G.” Kingston. 1824 – Karl-Maria Kertbeny (also called KárolyContinue reading “February 28 Writer Birthdays”

Month of Letters, Day 27

Two outgoing letters today, the 27th day of February. So far I seem to have written to a lot more LetterMo participants than have written me back, so I’ll probably be inundated with replies these last few days of the month. To St. Petersburg, Russia, I sent a Postcrossing card that’s a reproduction of aContinue reading “Month of Letters, Day 27”