July 5 Writer Birthdays

1803 – George Henry Borrow, English writer of novels and travel books based on his personal experiences in Europe; during his travels, he had developed a close affinity with the Romani people of Europe, and he featured them prominently in his work. 1857 – Clara Zetkin, German Marxist writer, theorist, communist activist, and advocate forContinue reading “July 5 Writer Birthdays”

July 4 Writer Birthdays

1780 – Gustafva Sofia Hjärne, Finnish writer, poet, novelist, translator, and salon holder. 1804 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and biographer who is known for his classic books The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, and Twice-Told Tales. Much of his writing centers on New England and features moral metaphors withContinue reading “July 4 Writer Birthdays”

July 3 Writer Birthdays

1517 – Li Shizhen, Chinese scientist, naturalist, writer, physician, pharmacist, and botanist whose major contribution to clinical medicine was his scientific book, Compendium of Materia Medica, which remains today the premier reference work for herbal medicine. 1799 – György Zádor, Hungarian writer and lawyer who wrote under the pen name Fenyéri Gyula. 1846 – PrincessContinue reading “July 3 Writer Birthdays”

July 2 Writer Birthdays

1865 – Lily Braun (born Amalie von Kretschmann), German feminist writer, memoirist, and politician. 1869 – Liane de Pougy, French and Romanian novelist, dancer, cabaret artist, and courtesan. 1877 – Herman Hesse, Nobel Prize-winning German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter; he is best known for his books Steppenwolf and Siddhartha. 1901 – Kalindi Charan Panigrahi, IndianContinue reading “July 2 Writer Birthdays”

July 1 Writer Birthdays

1579 – Johannes Messenius, Swedish historian, playwright, and university professor. 1633 – Johann Heinrich Heidegger, Swiss theologian, philosopher, and Hebrew professor who wrote in Latin, mainly against the Catholic church. 1646 – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German mathematician, philosopher, lawyer, geologist, physicist, historian, and logician, known for his Discourse on Metaphysics as well as his contributionsContinue reading “July 1 Writer Birthdays”

June 30 Writer Birthdays

1685 – John Gay, English playwright and poet best remembered for The Beggar’s Opera. 1798 – Alexander Dyce, Scottish scholar, clergyman, editor, biographer, and literary historian. 1839 – Sarah Maud Heckford (née Goff), Irish philanthropist, nonfiction writer, novelist, memoirist, hospital founder, traveler, and gold miner. 1864 – Christina Jamieson, Scottish writer and suffragist known forContinue reading “June 30 Writer Birthdays”

June 29 Writer Birthdays

1552 – Elizabeth Spencer (Baroness Hunsdon), English baroness, writer, poet, scholar, translator, and patron of the arts; Edmund Spenser used her as inspiration for his Muiopotmos and dedicated The Faerie Queene to her; her first husband was grandson of Mary Boleyn, elder sister of Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I. 1638 – Heinrich Meibom,Continue reading “June 29 Writer Birthdays”

June 28 Writer Birthdays

1585 – Baltasar Elisio de Medinilla, Spanish poet and author who was a friend of the playwright Lope de Vega. 1695 – Christiana Mariana von Ziegler, German poet, writer, salonnière, and librettist; she is best known for the texts of nine Bach cantatas. 1712 – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, influential Swiss philosopher, political theorist, writer, and composerContinue reading “June 28 Writer Birthdays”

June 27 Writer Birthdays

1350 – Manuel II Palaiologos (or Palaeologus), Byzantine emperor who was also the author of letters, poems, a Saint’s Life, treatises on theology and rhetoric, an epitaph for his brother Theodore I Palaiologos, and a “mirror of prince” for his son and heir John; this mirror of prince has special value, because it is theContinue reading “June 27 Writer Birthdays”

June 26 Writer Birthdays

1126 – Fan Chengda, Chinese poet, travel writer, geographer, cartographer, and politician who was one of the best-known Chinese poets of his time and one of the “Four Masters” of the Southern Song Dynasty poetry. 1786 – Phra Sunthonwohan (known as Sunthorn Phu), Thailand’s best-known royal poet; his epic poetry is still popular today. 1791Continue reading “June 26 Writer Birthdays”