January 24 Writer Birthdays

1287 – Richard de Bury (also known as Richard Aungerville or Aungervyle), English priest, teacher, bishop, writer, and bibliophile who was a patron of learning and one of the first English collectors of books. He is chiefly remembered for his Philobiblon, written to inculcate in the clergy the pursuit of learning and the love ofContinue reading “January 24 Writer Birthdays”

January 23 Writer Birthdays

1729 – Clara Reeve, English writer, translator, and novelist best known for the Gothic novel The Old English Baron and an innovative history of prose fiction The Progress of Romance; her first work was a translation from Latin, then an unusual language for a woman to learn. 1783 – Stendahl (pen name for Marie-Henri Beyle),Continue reading “January 23 Writer Birthdays”

52 Ancestors, Week 4: Mary’s Beauty Shoppe

For the fourth week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, the theme set by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow is Education. This was a hard one for me. I like to post something visual, and the thing that came to mind first was yearbook photos of my mother and father. But those didn’t seemContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 4: Mary’s Beauty Shoppe”

January 22 Writer Birthdays

1561 – Francis Bacon (1st Viscount St Alban), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England; he is credited with developing the scientific method, arguing for scientific knowledge based on inductive reasoning, careful observation, and a methodical approach; he has been called the father ofContinue reading “January 22 Writer Birthdays”

52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks, 52 Themes

Earlier in the month, I posted about the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, encouraging participants to explore something in our family tree each week, based on a weekly theme set by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. At the time, I listed the themes for the month of January, but I realize I have not yetContinue reading “52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks, 52 Themes”

January 21 Writer Birthdays

1571 – Johannes Isacius Pontanus, Dutch historian, writer, and professor who is best known for writing histories of places. 1619 – Anders Christensen Bording, Danish poet, author, and journalist who is notable for his epigrams, ballads, and poems, as well as for writing and publishing the first Danish newspaper, the monthly Den Danske Mercurius, writtenContinue reading “January 21 Writer Birthdays”

January 20 Writer Birthdays

1562 – Ottavio Rinuccini, Italian poet and librettist; in collaborating with Jacopo Peri to produce the first opera, Dafne, he became the first opera librettist. 1719 – Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer best known for his work The Travels of Anarchis the Younger in Greece. 1804 – Eugène Sue, French author whose novel Mathilde contains theContinue reading “January 20 Writer Birthdays”

January 19 Writer Birthdays

1655 – Nalan Xingde (born Nalan Chengde; Manchu name Nara Singde), Qing dynasty Chinese poet, famous for his ci poetry. 1714 – Joseph de La Porte, French poet, playwright, and literary critic; he also wrote fictional travel books that were based on real voyages, though he never traveled himself. 1720 – Franciszek Bohomolec, Polish writer,Continue reading “January 19 Writer Birthdays”

January 18 Writer Birthdays

1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British thesaurus developer and physician. 1867 – Rubén Darío, born Félix Rubén Garcia-Sarmiento, Nicaraguan poet and short-story writer. 1882 – A.A. Milne, British playwright, screenwriter, humor writer, and children’s author, best known for his Winnie the Pooh books and other children’s poetry. 1884 – Elena Arizmendi Mejía, Mexican feminist leader,Continue reading “January 18 Writer Birthdays”

52 Ancestors, Week 3: Out of Place

It’s time once again for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project! This is a challenge started by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, who sets a different theme for each week of the year. For Week 3, the theme is Out of Place. The ancestor I’ve chosen to highlight for this one is Giovanni DeRiggi, myContinue reading “52 Ancestors, Week 3: Out of Place”