September 25 Writer Birthdays

1726 – Angelo Maria Bandini, Italian author, librarian, and priest. 1749 – Arnaud Berquin, French writer, playwright, and children’s author whose work depicted common everyday events in realistic ways. 1759 – Francisco de Borja Garção Stockler, Portuguese writer, poet, politician, mathematician, math historian, and military officer from the autonomous Portuguese region of Azores. 1784 –Continue reading “September 25 Writer Birthdays”

September 24 Writer Birthdays

1547 – Faizi (pen name for Shaikh Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak), Indian poet, writer, scholar, scientist, translator, diplomat, and calligrapher. 1550 – Tang Xianzu, Chinese writer, poet, and playwright who is known mostly for his plays and operas; Mudan Ting (The Peony Pavilion) is generally considered to be his masterpiece. 1717 – Horace Walpole, EnglishContinue reading “September 24 Writer Birthdays”

September 23 Writer Birthdays

480 BC – Euripides, Greek playwright who was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens; his theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times, include representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. 1605 – Daniel Czepko (full name Daniel Czepko von Reigersfeld), Polish poet, author, playwright,Continue reading “September 23 Writer Birthdays”

September 22 Writer Birthdays

1211 – Ibn Khallikan, Iraqi Islamic scholar and poet who compiled a celebrated biographical encyclopedia of Arab scholars. 1398 – Panfilo Castaldi, (also called Pamfilo or Pamphilo), Italian physician and “master of the art of printing,” to whom local tradition attributes the invention of moveable type. 1547 – Philipp Nicodemus Frischlin, German philologist, poet, playwright,Continue reading “September 22 Writer Birthdays”

Tuesday Twenty: September’s Best Weird Holidays

This was intended to be a Tuesday Ten, a list of ten items on any topic I choose. But I couldn’t narrow my list to only ten. Seeing as how the alliteration still works, I’m now calling it my Tuesday Twenty. Here are some of the best official offbeat holidays of this month. These areContinue reading “Tuesday Twenty: September’s Best Weird Holidays”

September 21 Writer Birthdays

1638 – Philippe de Courcillon (Marquis de Dangeau), French officer, author, memoirist, and diplomat who is most remembered for keeping a diary of his life at Versailles from 1684 until the year of his death, and using that diary to craft his 19 volumes of published memoirs; despite one critic’s opinion that his memoirs wereContinue reading “September 21 Writer Birthdays”

Stepping Up

I’ve been wearing a Fitbit lately, making a conscious effort to get more exercise, even if it’s just walking around the neighborhood. Everyone talks about taking 10,000 steps a day, but it turns out that there is absolutely no scientific evidence that 10,000 should be the goal. For most of us, 10,000 every day isContinue reading “Stepping Up”

September 20 Writer Birthdays

1614 – Martino Martini (called Wèi Kuangguó in China), Italian Jesuit missionary, cartographer, and historian whose work focused on ancient Imperial China. 1674 – Eustachio Manfredi, Italian mathematician, astronomer, and poet. 1803 – Catherine Crowe, English novelist, playwright, essayist, translator, children’s author, and short-story writer who was particularly known for her stories about the supernaturalContinue reading “September 20 Writer Birthdays”

September 19 Writer Birthdays

1861 – Anna Brigadere, Latvian writer, poet, playwright, children’s writer, and autobiographer whose work illuminated the lives of Latvian women in the late 19th century. 1889 – Sarah Louise “Sadie” Delany, African-American educator and civil rights pioneer who was coauthor and subject, along with her younger sister, Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany, of the bestselling biography, HavingContinue reading “September 19 Writer Birthdays”

September 18 Writer Birthdays

1709 – Samuel Johnson, English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer and who has been called, “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.” 1854 – Eufemia von Adlersfeld-Ballestrem, German novelist who was one of the few female writers inContinue reading “September 18 Writer Birthdays”