August 14 Writer Birthdays

1802 – Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet, novelist, and literary critic who wrote under her initials, L.E.L. and was highly regarded in her time. For example, Novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote that, as a young college student, he and his classmates would “rush every Saturday afternoon for the Literary Gazette, [with] an impatient anxiety to hastenContinue reading “August 14 Writer Birthdays”

August 12 Writer Birthdays

1774 – Robert Southey, English poet and biographer. 1831 – Helena Blavatsky, Russian-German occultist who founded the Theosophical Society. 1859 – Katharine Lee Bates, prolific American writer, poet, essayist, novelist, travel writer, children’s author, editor, college professor, scholar, and social activist; today she is primarily remembered as the author of the poem “America the Beautiful,”Continue reading “August 12 Writer Birthdays”

August 11 Writer Birthdays

1823 – Charlotte Mary Yonge, English novelist who wrote religious books that helped spread the influence of the Oxford Movement. 1885 – Sophia Parnok, Russian poet, writer, journalist, linguist, and translator whose work explores her own sense of Russianness, Jewish identity, and lesbianism; she has been called “Russia’s Sappho,” for writing openly about her lesbianContinue reading “August 11 Writer Birthdays”

August 8 Writer Birthdays

1640 – Amalia Katharina of Waldeck-Eisenberg (Countess of Erbach-Erbach), German poet and composer. 1863 – Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey, American ornithologist, naturalist, zoologist, and writer who wrote nature guides, including the first modern field guide to birds; she also organized early Audobon Society chapters and was an activist for bird protection. 1884 – Sara Teasdale,Continue reading “August 8 Writer Birthdays”

August 7 Writer Birthdays

1831 – Frederic William Farrar, Indian-born cleric, schoolteacher, author, and poet; he was a pallbearer at the funeral of Charles Darwin in 1882. 1848 – Alice James, American diarist; she was the daughter of theologian Henry James, Sr., and sister of psychologist William James and novelist Henry James, 1890 – Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, labor leader,Continue reading “August 7 Writer Birthdays”

August 6 Writer Birthdays

1644 – Louise de La Vallière, French writer, autobiographer, duchess, and lady-in-waiting who was the mistress of Louis XIV. 1735 – Lady Hyegyeong, Korean author and queen who was the wife of Crown Prince Sado and mother of King Jeongjo; she is best known for her book, The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyeong, detailing her lifeContinue reading “August 6 Writer Birthdays”

August 5 Writer Birthdays

1647 – Anne Le Fèvre Dacier (better known during her lifetime as Madame Dacier), French scholar, translator, linguist, commentator. and editor of the classics, including the Iliad and the Odyssey; she championed ancient literature and used her great capabilities in Latin and Greek for this purpose as well as for her own financial support, producingContinue reading “August 5 Writer Birthdays”

August 4 Writer Birthdays

1792 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet who is considered one of the finest lyric and epic poets in the English language; he was married to novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who is best known as the author of Frankenstein. 1839 – Walter Horatio Pater, English essayist, literary and art critic, fiction writer, and humanistContinue reading “August 4 Writer Birthdays”

August 3 Writer Birthdays

1548 – Pari Khan Khanum (also spelled Parikhan Khanum) Safavid poet, writer, and princess who was the daughter of the Safavid king (shah) Tahmasp I and an influential figure in the Safavid state, even becoming de facto ruler for a short period; eventually she was strangled to death because her influence and power were perceivedContinue reading “August 3 Writer Birthdays”

August 2 Writer Birthdays

1865 – Irving Babbitt, American academic and literary critic; a founder of the New Humanism movement. 1867 – Ernest Christopher Dowson, English poet, novelist, and short-story writer associated with the Decadent movement. 1870 – Marianne Weber (born Marianne Schnitger), German writer, legal historian, sociologist, women’s rights activist, and politician; she married well-known social theorist MaxContinue reading “August 2 Writer Birthdays”