Postcards From the World, Part 4

Here is my favorite of the recent postcards I’ve received from Postcrossers around the world. This one is from the Netherlands. For more information on Postcrossing, see my earlier posts on the subject: Postcards From the World, Part 3 Postcards From the World, Part 2 Postcards From the World The 5000 Club

February 9 Writer Birthdays

1737 – Thomas Paine, English-born American writer, essayist, opinion journalist, politician, philosopher, and political activist known for Enlightenment Era ideals; his pamphlet Common Sense and other writings helped inspire the American Revolution. 1783 – Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet, translator, linguist, and literary critic. 1863 – Anthony Hope, English author and playwright best known for hisContinue reading “February 9 Writer Birthdays”

February 8 Writer Birthdays

1819 – John Ruskin, English art critic of the Victorian Era, best remembered for his five-volume work, Modern Painters. 1828 – Jules Verne, French novelist, poet, playwright, and pioneer in the science-fiction genre, known for such classics as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. 1850 – KateContinue reading “February 8 Writer Birthdays”

February 7 Writer Birthdays

1478 – Thomas More, English Renaissance writer and humanist who coined the term “utopia.” 1812 – Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic; one of the major novelists of the Victorian age, his works are still widely read today. 1837 – James Murray, Scottish lexicographer, philologist, and primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. 1867Continue reading “February 7 Writer Birthdays”

February 6 Writer Birthdays

1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English playwright, poet, translator, and (probably) government spy of the Elizabethan era; he is sometimes credited with authorship of plays attributed to Shakespeare, but most scholars refute this. 1753 – Évariste Desiré de Forges, vicomte de Parny, French poet who was extremely popular during his lifetime; Pushkin once called him, “MyContinue reading “February 6 Writer Birthdays”

February 5 Writer Birthdays

1813 – Jermain Wesley Loguen, American writer and abolitionist, known for The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman, a Narrative of Real Life. 1871 – Jovan Dučić, Bosnian Serb modernist poet, political writer, and diplomat. 1893 – William Earl Johns, English pilot and writer of adventure stories, usually under theContinue reading “February 5 Writer Birthdays”

February 4 Writer Birthdays

1820 – Božena Nemcová, Czech writer of the National Revival movement who wrote novels as well as books of fairy tales and legends; her image is featured on Czech banknotes. 1902 – Charles Lindbergh, American aviator, military officer, author, and environmental activist who wrote The Spirit of St. Louis about making the first solo transatlanticContinue reading “February 4 Writer Birthdays”