June 19 Writer Birthdays

1623 – Blaise Pascal, French child prodigy who grew up to be a writer, mathematician, physicist, inventor, and Catholic theologian; he made important contributions to the study of fluids, clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum, and wrote in defense of the scientific method. 1782 – Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, French priest, writer, theologian,Continue reading “June 19 Writer Birthdays”

Friday Five: Heights

Apparently the Friday Five this weeks is called Heights because of a film that’s out with that name. I haven’t seen it and have no idea what it’s about. As much as I miss seeing movies in their natural habitat, I have no plans to be in a theater anytime soon with crowds of unmaskedContinue reading “Friday Five: Heights”

June 18 Writer Birthdays

1812 – Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov, Russian novelist and travel writer whose greatest work is Oblomov, a satire on Old World Russia. 1827 – Alexander Balloch Grosart, British author and editor. 1838 – Auberon Herbert, English writer, theorist, and philosopher. 1877 – Abraham Yahuda, Jewish Palestinian writer, linguist, and teacher who translated and interpreted many ancientContinue reading “June 18 Writer Birthdays”

June 17 Writer Birthdays

1797 – Alexandre Vinet, Swiss literary critic and theologian who advocated for religious freedom and the separation of church and state. 1808 – Everhardus Johannes Potgieter, Dutch writer, travel author, poet, and founder of a literary magazine, where he wrote under the initials W.Dg. 1808 – Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland, Norwegian poet, prolific playwright, historian,Continue reading “June 17 Writer Birthdays”

June 16 Writer Birthdays

1723 – Adam Smith, Scottish economist, author, and philosopher who is considered the Father of Economics; he is best known for his work The Wealth of Nations. 1880 – Alice Ann Bailey, English writer of books on theosophical and spiritual subjects who was one of the first writers to use the term New Age; sheContinue reading “June 16 Writer Birthdays”

June 15 Writer Birthdays

1727 – Justine Favart, influential French writer, playwright, opera singer, ballet dancer, and actor who was a bold reformer in theater scripts and costumes. 1763 – Marie-Adélaïde Hadot (née Richard) was an early 19th-century French novelist and playwright; she wrote under the pen name Barthélemy-Hadot. 1763 – Kobayashi Issawas, Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priestContinue reading “June 15 Writer Birthdays”

June 14 Writer Birthdays

1479 – Giglio Gregorio Giraldi, Italian scholar and poet; his Historia de deis gentium marked a step forward in the systematic study of classical mythology; other writings of his helped to bring about the reform of the calendar. 1796 – Mathilda Valeria Beatrix d’Orozco, Swedish poet, writer, composer, singer, salonist, actress, and harpsichordist. (By marriage,Continue reading “June 14 Writer Birthdays”

June 13 Writer Birthdays

1752 – Frances Burney, English satirical novelist, playwright, and diarist, more commonly known as Fanny Burney. 1865 – William Butler Yeats, Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet who is one of the key figures of 20th century literature and a driving force behind the Irish Literature Revival; he is remembered for his “always inspired poetry, which inContinue reading “June 13 Writer Birthdays”

June 12 Writer Birthdays

1524 – Achilles Statius (or Aquiles Estaço), Portuguese humanist and writer who moved to Rome, where he was a secretary to the Pope. 1819 – Charles Kingsley, English minister, historian, and novelist who wrote westerns but is best known for his children’s book The Water Babies; he was also one of the few clergymen ofContinue reading “June 12 Writer Birthdays”