February 8 Writer Birthdays

0412 – Proclus, Constantinople-born Greek Neoplatonist philosopher, writer, mathematician, and mythographer. 1424 – Cristoforo Landino, Italian writer, poet, philosopher, academic, and humanist who was an important figure of the Florentine Renaissance; his remembered for his advocacy for the use of vernacular Italian in literature, though he also wrote in Latin, and for the support ofContinue reading “February 8 Writer Birthdays”

February 7 Writer Birthdays

1478 – Thomas More, English Renaissance writer and humanist who coined the term “utopia.” 1559 – Catherine de Bourbon, French Navarrese poet, writer, and princess who was the daughter of Queen Joan III and King Anthony of Navarre and who ruled the principality of Béarn in the name of her brother, King Henry III ofContinue reading “February 7 Writer Birthdays”

February 6 Writer Birthdays

1453 – Girolamo Benivieni, Italian Florentine poet, writer, philosopher, translator, and musician. 1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English playwright, poet, translator, and (probably) government spy of the Elizabethan era; he is sometimes credited with authorship of plays attributed to Shakespeare, but most scholars refute this. 1727 – Mary Coke, English Viscountess known for her letters andContinue reading “February 6 Writer Birthdays”

52 Ancestors, Week 6: Social Media

I have some lines of my paternal grandmother’s ancestry traced back to the 1500s and 1600s. I would like to say that is the result of hard work and multiple trips to Italy to comb through church and commune records. Yes, I have done a lot of research (the kind that, unfortunately, does not involvedContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 6: Social Media”

February 5 Writer Birthdays

1626 – Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné (widely known as Madame de Sévigné), French writer who is revered as one of the great icons of French 17th-century literature for her letters, which were celebrated for their wit and vividness; most were addressed to her daughter, Françoise-Marguerite de Sévigné. 1634 – Maria Antonia Scalera Stellini,Continue reading “February 5 Writer Birthdays”

If It’s February, This Must Be LetterMo!

We are a few days into February, and I have not mentioned the Month of Letters, affectionately abbreviated as LetterMo. Every day this month, those of us who’ve taken the challenge aim to send at least one piece of handwritten mail by old-fashioned snail mail, and to respond to anyone who writes to us. Bills,Continue reading “If It’s February, This Must Be LetterMo!”

February 4 Writer Birthdays

1447 – Ludovico Lazzarelli, Italian poet, philosopher, courtier, philosopher, translator, mystic, and reputed magician. 1688 – Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux (commonly referred to as simply Marivaux), French playwright, essayist, and novelist, he is best remembered for his comic plays, which are noted for their keen observations and literary excellence. 1691 – George Lillo,Continue reading “February 4 Writer Birthdays”

February 3 Writer Birthdays

1612 – Samuel Butler, English poet, satirist, translator, and artist; he is best known for the satirical novel Erewhon and the semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously in 1903, both of which are still in print, but he also examined subjects including Christian philosophy and Italian art, and made prose translations ofContinue reading “February 3 Writer Birthdays”

February 2 Writer Birthdays

2309 – Conrad of Megenberg (also known in Latin, as Conradus Megenbergensis), German writer, meteorologist, entomologist, and Catholic scholar. 1536 – Scévole de Sainte-Marthe, French writer, poet, and politician. 1551 – Nicolaus Reimers, German astronomer, writer, grammarian, tutor, mathematician, and university teacher who was imperial astronomer and mathematician to the court of Emperor Rudolf II.Continue reading “February 2 Writer Birthdays”

February 1 Writer Birthdays

1506 – George Buchanan, Scottish historian, writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, linguist, translator, and humanist scholar who has been called, “the most profound intellectual sixteenth century Scotland produced.” 1550 – Charlotte Duplessis-Mornay (née Arbaleste de la Borde) French writer of the Reformation, known for her first-person account of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre and for authoringContinue reading “February 1 Writer Birthdays”