December 18 Writer Birthdays

1828 – Abraham Viktor Rydberg, important Swedish novelist described as “primarily a classical idealist” and as “Sweden’s last Romantic.” 1856 – Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist, orator, propagandist, and revolutionary, best known for his written work, La Solidaridad.  1870 – Saki, Pen name of British writer Hector Hugh Munro, known for his witty short stories.Continue reading “December 18 Writer Birthdays”

The Library Book

Tonight my book club is discussing The Library Book, by Susan Orlean. It’s a fascinating account of a fire that devastated the central branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, destroying a million or so books. The describes the fire in breathtaking prose, and then recounts the author’s investigation into its causes. TheContinue reading “The Library Book”

December 17 Writer Birthdays

1807 – John Greenleaf Whittier, American Quaker poet and abolitionist. 1873 – Ford Madox Ford, English writer best known for his novel, The Good Soldier. 1903 – Erskine Caldwell, American Southern author who wrote about poverty and racism. 1916 – Penelope Fitzgerald, Booker Prize-winning British author of historical fiction; the Times included her in itsContinue reading “December 17 Writer Birthdays”

December 16 Writer Birthdays

My own birthday is December 16, and while it’s silly to feel pride about something over which I had no control, I am proud to share my birthday with some pretty wonderful writers. In fact, I have yet to find a date with a better array of writer birthdays (though tomorrow’s list will have someContinue reading “December 16 Writer Birthdays”

December 15 Writer Birthdays

1867 – Georges Polti, French writer best known for his list of thirty-six dramatic situations. 1896 – Ann Nolan Clark, American children’s writer, who won a Newbery Medal for Secret of the Andes. 1896 – Betty Smith, American author best known for her novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 1897 – Zenta Mauriņa, Latvian writer,Continue reading “December 15 Writer Birthdays”

December 14 Writer Birthdays

1503 – Nostradamus, author, astrologist, and alleged seer, credited with foreseeing many world events (possibly born on Dec. 21; accounts vary). 1777 – Juan N. Gallego, Spanish poet, priest & interpreter. 1895 – Paul Éluard, French poet who helped found the surrealist movement. 1916 – Shirley Jackson, influential mystery and horror writer of novels, memoirs,Continue reading “December 14 Writer Birthdays”

December 13 Writer Birthdays

1797 – Christian Johann Heinrich Heine, German journalist, essayist, and literary critic who was also one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century; some of his early lyric poetry was set to music by such composers as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. 1871 – Emily Carr, Canadian artist and writer who wasContinue reading “December 13 Writer Birthdays”

December 12 Writer Birthdays

1821 – Gustave Flaubert, influential French author of literary realism best known for the classic novel Madame Bovary. 1905 – Mulk Raj Anand, Indian writer who wrote in English about the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society; a pioneer of Indo-Anglian fiction, he was one of the first India-based writers in EnglishContinue reading “December 12 Writer Birthdays”

December 11 Writer Birthdays

1725 – George Mason, American planter, politician, statesman, writer, and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution. His writings, including substantial portions of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774 and his Objections to this Constitution of Government, have greatly influenced American political thought; he is calledContinue reading “December 11 Writer Birthdays”