May 4 Writer Birthdays

1006 – Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, Persian Sufi poet known as the “Sage of Herat” for his oratory and poetic talents. 1825 – Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist and essayist who advocated for evolutionary theory; he was the grandfather of biologist Julian Huxley and novelist Aldous Huxley. 1905 – Boris J. Kochanowsky, Russian-American memoirist. 1916 –Continue reading “May 4 Writer Birthdays”

May 3 Writer Birthdays

1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian, politician, philosopher, and writer who is widely considered the founder of modern political science and is best known for his handbook for unscrupulous politicians, The Prince. 1843 – Edward Dowden, Irish critic and poet. 1849 – Jacob Riis, Danish-born “muck-raking” journalist, photographer, and social reformer who shocked his readersContinue reading “May 3 Writer Birthdays”

May 2 Writer Birthdays

1362 – Empress Xu, Chinese Ming dynasty empress and writer whose work focused on virtuous women. 1551 – William Camden, leading English historian. 1729 – Catherine the Great (Yekaterina Alexeevna, born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg), Empress of Russia, presiding over Russia’s Golden Age; also wrote memoirs, comedic plays, fiction and a book about pedagogy.Continue reading “May 2 Writer Birthdays”

May 1 Writer Birthdays

1672 – Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. 1751 – Judith Sargent Murray, American essay writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, and influential advocate for women’s rights. 1848 – James Ford Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning American industrialist, historian, and author whose work includes a seven-volume history of the United States. 1855 – Mary Mackay (also knownContinue reading “May 1 Writer Birthdays”

April 30 Author Birthdays

1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American-born member of the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde literary scene and lifelong companion of Gertrude Stein; Stein wrote the mock-memoir The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which became her bestselling book, and thirty years later Toklas wrote her own autobiography, What Is Remembered, which ends abruptly with the deathContinue reading “April 30 Author Birthdays”

April 29 Writer Birthdays

1764 – Ann Julia Hatton (née Kemble) popular British novelist and poet; she also published as Ann of Swansea. 1780 – Charles Nodier, influential French author, poet, librarian, translator, journalist, entomologist, literary critic, novelist, and lexicographer who introduced a younger generation of Romanticists to the conte fantastique, gothic literature, and vampire tales. 1815 – AntunContinue reading “April 29 Writer Birthdays”

April 28 Writer Birthdays

1402 – Nezahualcoyotl (meaning “Coyote who fasts”), poet, philosopher, warrior, and architect who ruled the city-state of Texcoco in pre-Columbian era Mexico. He is best remembered for his poetry. 1882 – L. Onerva (real name Hilja Onerva Lehtinen), Finnish poet, novelist, translatopr, critic, and short-story writer whose works often dealt with the tension in women’sContinue reading “April 28 Writer Birthdays”

April 27 Writer Birthdays

1737 – Edward Gibbon, English historian and politician, known for his major work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft, British writer and woman’s rights pioneer; mother of author Mary Shelley. 1898 – Ludwig Bemelmans, Austria-Hungary born American writer, known for the Madeline children’s books. 1904 –Continue reading “April 27 Writer Birthdays”

April 26 Writer Birthdays

121 – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and influential Stoic philosopher. 1711 – David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, and essayist. 1711 – Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, French writer, journalist, children’s writer, and folklorist who wrote the best known version of Beauty and the Beast. 1785 – John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter, best known forContinue reading “April 26 Writer Birthdays”

April 25 Writer Birthdays

1873 – Walter De La Mare, English poet, novelist, and short-story writer best remembered for his children’s stories and ghost stories. 1892 – Maud Hart Lovelace, American author best known for her historical novels and for her Betsy-Tacy series for children. 1899 – Grace Rasp-Nuri, Turkish Cypriot-German novelist for children and adults whose work wasContinue reading “April 25 Writer Birthdays”