October 24 Writer Birthdays

1788 – Sara Josepha Hale, American novelist, editor, and poet, best known for writing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” 1868 – Alexandra David-Néel (born Louise David), Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist, and writer, best known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet, when it was forbidden to foreigners 1904 – Moss Hart, Broadway playwright andContinue reading “October 24 Writer Birthdays”

Friday Five: Old School

I don’t officially participate in Friday Five, a blog prompt that provides a list each week of five questions on one theme. But every now and then I hear about the questions and find them interesting. This is one of those times! These questions were the prompt for a few weeks ago. The topic: ThingsContinue reading “Friday Five: Old School”

October 23 Writer Birthdays

1844 – Robert Bridges, British Poet Laureate and physician whose daughter was the poet Elizabeth Daryush. 1897 – Marjorie Flack, American children’s author and illustrator, best known for her book The Story About Ping (some sources give her birthday as Oct. 22). 1904 – Harvey Penick, American golfer and author of a bestselling guide toContinue reading “October 23 Writer Birthdays”

October 21 Writer Birthdays

1772 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, philosopher, and literary critic, best known for his works The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan; he was one of the Lake Poets and is considered a founder (along with his friend, poet William Wordsworth) of the Romantic movement in English poetry. 1845 – William McKendreeContinue reading “October 21 Writer Birthdays”

October 19 Writer Birthdays

1835 – Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer, folklorist, and journalist who worked to preserve, catalog, and publish works of Latvian folk culture. 1835 – Amanda Theodosia Jones, American author, poet, and inventor who invented a vacuum method of canning called the Jones Process. 1856 – Elín Rannveig Briem (née Eiriksdóttir), Icelandic teacher and writer who publishedContinue reading “October 19 Writer Birthdays”

October 18 Writer Birthdays

1569 – Giambattista Marino, influential Italian poet; founder of the school of Marinism, characterized by the use of extravagant conceits. 1638 – Lars (Lasse) Johnstown, Swedish baroque poet, usually referred to by his pseudonym, Lucidor. 1701 – Charles le Beau, French historian, writer, and educator. 1741 – Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos, French generalContinue reading “October 18 Writer Birthdays”

October 17 Writer Birthdays

1517 – Amalia of Cleves (sometimes spelled Amelia), German writer, poet, and princess who was the sister of Anne of Cleves and was descended from the kings of both England and France. 1711 – Jupiter Hammon, poet and slave who was the first African-American to be a published writer in the United States. 1719 –Continue reading “October 17 Writer Birthdays”

October 16 Writer Birthdays

1745 – Olaudah Equiano, writer, autobiographer, abolitionist, sailor, and merchant who was born in what is now Nigeria, enslaved as a child, and brought to the British West Indies and later to London, where he bought his own freedom and became a leader in the movement to abolish slavery; his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative ofContinue reading “October 16 Writer Birthdays”

October 15 Writer Birthdays

70 BC – Virgil, influential Roman poet of the Augustan period, best known for his epic The Aeneid. 1801 – Rifa’a al-Tahtawi, Egyptian writer, economist, historian, translator, journalist, archaeologist, academic, teacher, and philosopher who was among the first Egyptian scholars to write about Western cultures in an attempt to bring about a reconciliation and anContinue reading “October 15 Writer Birthdays”

October 14 Writer Birthdays

1644 – William Penn, English real-estate entrepreneur, philosopher, and founder of Pennsylvania; he wrote in favor of democracy and religious freedom and was noted for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Indians; he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his controversial religious pamphlets. 1867 – Masaoka Shiki (pen-name of MasaokaContinue reading “October 14 Writer Birthdays”