June 3 Writer Birthdays

1876 – José Palma y Velásquez, Filipino poet and soldier. 1879 – Alla Nazimova, Russian (Crimean) author, screenwriter, producer, and actor who relocated to the U.S.; she is credited with originating the phrase “sewing circle” as a discreet code for lesbian or bisexual actresses. 1895 – Robert Hillyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and professor whoContinue reading “June 3 Writer Birthdays”

Frankly My Dear… A Response to GWTW

A friend recently read Gone With the Wind for the first time and was shocked by the racism. While I totally agree with everything she said about GWTW, I admit that I’ve always liked the book despite the fact that it’s racist propaganda. Of course it is. But I think of it as an interestingContinue reading “Frankly My Dear… A Response to GWTW”

June 2 Writer Birthdays

1840 – Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet of the Victorian realist school who was also influenced by Romanticism; he thought of himself as primarily a poet, but is most remembered as author of some of the most acclaimed novels in English literature, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, Far From the Madding Crowd, and TessContinue reading “June 2 Writer Birthdays”

June 1 Writer Birthdays

1861 – William Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet of the Confederation group who was considered the unofficial poet laureate of Canada. 1876 – Vidyagauri Nilkanth, Indian Gujarati author, politician, translator, social worker, and reformer. 1878 – John Masefield, English poet, author, and children’s writer who was U.K. Poet Laureate. 1889 – James Daugherty, Newbery Medal-winning AmericanContinue reading “June 1 Writer Birthdays”

May 31 Writer Birthdays

1773 – Johann Ludwig Tieck, German poet, translator, editor, novelist, writer, and critic; he was one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 1819 – Walt Whitman, influential American poet, essayist, and journalist whose best-known collection is Leaves of Grass, which breaks the boundaries of poeticContinue reading “May 31 Writer Birthdays”

May 28 Writer Birthdays

1743 – Johann David Wyss, Swiss author best remembered for his novel The Swiss Family Robinson, one of the most popular books of all time; he was inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, but Wyss wrote about a marooned family because he wanted the book to teach important lessons to children. 1873 – Olga Forsh,Continue reading “May 28 Writer Birthdays”

May 27 Writer Birthdays

1652 – Elizabeth Charlotte (Madame Palatine), German/French princess and writer who married Philippe I, Duke of Orléans; her vast, frank correspondence provides a detailed account of the personalities and activities at the court of her brother-in-law, Louis XIV, for half a century. 1819 – Julia Ward Howe, prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet whoContinue reading “May 27 Writer Birthdays”

May 26 Writer Birthdays

1887 – Leonard Bacon, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, translator, and literary critic who sometimes used the pen name “Autholycus.” 1905 – Ruth M. Arthur, Scottish children’s and YA novelist. 1915 – Antonia Forest, pseudonym of British children’s book author Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubenstein. 1917 – Harivallabh Chunilal Bhayani, Indian linguist, researcher, critic, and translator.Continue reading “May 26 Writer Birthdays”

May 25 Writer Birthdays

1803 – Edward Bulwer-Lytton, English novelist, poet, playwright, and Member of Parliament who coined several phrases that are still used today, including “the great unwashed”, “pursuit of the almighty dollar,” and “the pen is mightier than the sword.” He is best known for the opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night,” which inspiredContinue reading “May 25 Writer Birthdays”

May 24 Writer Birthdays

1855 – Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, English playwright and actor who specialized in farces and drawing-room comedies but also wrote an opera libretto and “problem plays” that addressed “the double standard of morality, applied unequally to men and women.” 1878 – Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American psychologist, writer, industrial and mechanical engineer, teacher, inventor, and businessperson;Continue reading “May 24 Writer Birthdays”