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. 1541 – Mustafa Âlî (full name Gelibolulu Mustafa Âlî bin Ahmed bin Abdülmevlâ Çelebi), Ottoman Turkish poet, historian, bureaucrat, and major literary figure. 1669 – AuroraContinue reading “April 28 Writer Birthdays”

Postcards From the World: Feminist Books

I received a great Postcrossing postcard today. This came from a Postcrosser here in the U.S., in Tacoma, Washington. Diane is a brand new Postcrosser, having joined only a few weeks ago. On the card, she wrote about wanting to travel more. She saw in my profile that I have visited all 50 U.S. states,Continue reading “Postcards From the World: Feminist Books”

April 27 Writer Birthdays

1682 – Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin (Baroness of Saint-Martin-de-Ré), French novelist, writer, and salonnière. 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 who was also the mother ofContinue 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”

April 24 Writer Birthdays

1804 – Cho Koran, Japanese poet, artist, and educator, known for her study of Chinese arts and specialization in bunjinga ink paintings, and for founding a private school for teaching Chinese poetry to women. 1815 – Anthony Trollope, popular Victorian-era English novelist, known for books set in fictional Barsetshire. 1825 – R.M. Ballantyne, prolific ScottishContinue reading “April 24 Writer Birthdays”

April 23 Writer Birthdays

1564 – William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet, and actor widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest playwright, and is often called the Bard of Avon. (April 23 is a probable birthdate, based on his April 26 baptism.) 1852 – Edwin Markham, American poet, nonfiction writer, essayist, and educatorContinue reading “April 23 Writer Birthdays”

April 22 Writer Birthdays

1707 – Henry Fielding, English novelist and playwright known for his earthy humor and satire; his most famous novel is Tom Jones. 1724 – Immanuel Kant, German philosopher whose major work was Critique of Pure Reason; he is well known for synthesizing early modern rationalism and empiricism, and continues to exercise significant influence in metaphysics,Continue reading “April 22 Writer Birthdays”