February 20 Writer Birthdays

1713 – Anna Maria Elvia, Swedish feminist writer who was renowned for her academic abilities and regarded intellectual development as not just a right but a duty of women. 1805 – Angelina Emily Grimké, American author, pamphlet writer, lecturer, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist who grew up in a white, slave-owning family and, as aContinue reading “February 20 Writer Birthdays”

February 19 Writer Birthdays

1717 – David Garrick, English playwright, poet, actor, and theatrical producer. 1869 – Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet, writer, translator, literary critic, journalist, and public activist who is considered the national poet of Armenia; his work was mostly realistic, focusing on everyday life. 1888 – José Eustasio Rivera Salas, Colombian lawyer and author primarily known forContinue reading “February 19 Writer Birthdays”

Take a Book, Leave an Argument

About a week ago I wrote of the surprising level of contentiousness on an online forum for people who love their old houses. That’s not the only group I belong to that seems innocuous but is sometimes the site of bitter arguments. The other group that gets weirdly argumentative is a discussion site for LittleContinue reading “Take a Book, Leave an Argument”

February 18 Writer Birthdays

1718 – Søren Abildgaard, Norwegian writer, illustrator, artist, draftsman, geologist, and naturalist who traveled throughout Denmark to create drawings of its tombstones, runes, and other historic monuments; he was also an illustrator and painter on historian Jacob Langebek’s tour to Sweden and the Baltic provinces, and is remembered for his studies of topographical and geologicalContinue reading “February 18 Writer Birthdays”

February 17 Writer Birthdays

1836 – Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (born Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida), Spanish Romanticist poet, short-story author, playwright, literary columnist, and artist; one of the most important figures in Spanish literature, he is considered the most-read Spanish writer after Cervantes. 1864 – Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson, Australian bush poet, journalist, and author who wrote many balladsContinue reading “February 17 Writer Birthdays”

February 16 Writer Birthdays

1927 – Luísa Dacosta (born Marie Louise Pinto Saraiva dos Santos), Portuguese short story writer, poet, and anthologist. 1927 – David Bryon Davis, American historian and authority on slavery and abolition in the Western world. 1927 – Shahidullah Kaiser, Bangladeshi novelist and writer. 1944 – Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, best known for hisContinue reading “February 16 Writer Birthdays”

February 15 Writer Birthdays

1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, mathematician, and writer who played a major role in the Renaissance’s scientific revolution; called the “father of observational astronomy,” the “father of modern physics,” and the “father of science,” he is known for confirming the phases of Venus, discovering the four largest satellites of Jupiter (theContinue reading “February 15 Writer Birthdays”

The Subtle Science and Exact Art of Potion-Making

“I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death,” said Professor Snape at the first session of Harry Potter’s potion-making class, and then added, “If you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.” I hope I was not a dunderhead last night, as I attendedContinue reading “The Subtle Science and Exact Art of Potion-Making”

February 14 Writer Birthdays

1404 – Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance humanist author, playwright, poet, artist, architect, priest, linguist, philosopher, mathematician, musicologist, and cryptographer. 1760 – Richard Allen, African-American writer, educator, and minister; one of America’s most active and influential Black leaders, in 1794, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the first independent Black denomination in theContinue reading “February 14 Writer Birthdays”

Still Going Postal

A few days ago I posted about the Month of Letters, also known as LetterMo. This is a challenge I undertake every year; it encourages participants to write and mail at least one letter or postcard per day (every day that the mail runs) during the month of February. It’s time for an update. SinceContinue reading “Still Going Postal”