November 26 Writer Birthdays

1436 – Catherine of Portugal (the Infanta Catarina), Portuguese princess who was the daughter of King Edward of Portugal and his wife Eleanor of Aragon; as a nun in the Convent of Saint Claire, she wrote many books on morality and religion. 1731 – William Cowper, English pre-Romantic poet, hymnist, translator, and letter-writer. 1803 –Continue reading “November 26 Writer Birthdays”

November 25 Writer Birthdays

1562 – Lope de Vega, Spanish playwright, poet, and novelist who was one of the key figures in the Spanish Golden Age of Baroque literature. 1620 – Avvakum Petrov (often called simply Avvakum), Russian writer, autobiographer, priest, and explorer whose autobiography and letters are considered masterpieces of 17th-century Russian literature. As leader of the oppositionContinue reading “November 25 Writer Birthdays”

November 24 Writer Birthdays

1394 – Charles d’Orléans (Duke of Orléans), French poet who wrote chansons, ballades, and rondeaux in French, Latin, and English. 1583 – Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar (also known as Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Hurtado de la Sal), Spanish poet, writer, scholar, translator, and painter. 1632 – Benedict [Baruch] de Spinoza, Dutch philosopher,Continue reading “November 24 Writer Birthdays”

November 23 Writer Birthdays

1798 – Klementyna Hoffmanowa, Polish novelist, children’s author, translator, magazine editor, and teacher who was one of the first Polish writers for children and the first known woman in Poland to support herself from writing and teaching; her best known work, the book The Diary of Countess Francoise Krasinska, is considered one of the firstContinue reading “November 23 Writer Birthdays”

November 22 Writer Birthdays

1819 – George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Anne Evans) English novelist who was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era; she used her real name for her work as a journalist, editor, and critic. Her book Middlemarch has been called the greatest novel in the English language. 1869 – André Gide, Nobel Prize-winningContinue reading “November 22 Writer Birthdays”

November 21 Writer Birthdays

1631- Catharina Questiers, Dutch writer, poet, and playwright who was among the most successful Dutch poets of the second half of the 17th century; her brother David was also a poet. 1694 – Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet, prolific French Enlightenment writer, historian, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, history writer, science writer, pamphleteer, and philosopher;Continue reading “November 21 Writer Birthdays”

November 20 Writer Birthdays

1752 – Thomas Chatterton, English poet of the Romantic era who typified a commitment to the life of imagination; referring to Chatterton’s suicide at the age of 17, poet William Wordsworth described him as, “the marvellous Boy, The sleepless Soul that perished in his pride.” 1858 – Selma Lagerlöf, Nobel Prize-winning Swedish author and teacher;Continue reading “November 20 Writer Birthdays”

November 19 Writer Birthdays

1659 – Jacques Louis Valon (Marquis de Mimeure), French writer, poet, translator, linguist, and soldier. 1704 – Richard Pococke, Irish writer, archaeologist, Egyptologist, travel writer, anthropologist, and Anglican bishop; he is best known for his travel writings and diaries. 1781 – Anna Jane Vardill (also called by her married name Anna Niven, and by herContinue reading “November 19 Writer Birthdays”

November 18 Writer Birthdays

1611 – Andreas Tscherning, German writer, poet, translator, university teacher, hymn writer, and literary theorist. 1752 – Peter Harboe Frimann (often known as P.H. Frimann), Norwegian and Danish poet and writer. 1768 – José Marchena Ruiz de Cueto (also known as Abate Marchena), Spanish author, writer, poet, translator, journalist, professor, and literary critic. 1777 –Continue reading “November 18 Writer Birthdays”

November 17 Writer Birthdays

1587 – Joost van Den Vondel, German-born Dutch poet and playwright whose play Lucifer may have inspired John Milton’s Paradise Lost. 1785 – Julia Kristina Nyberg (née Svärdström), award-winning Swedish poet and song writer who wrote poetry inspired by nature, often under the pseudonym Euphrosyne. 1809 – Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (born Elizabeth Rigby), British artContinue reading “November 17 Writer Birthdays”