June 7 Writer Birthdays

1402 – Ichijo Kaneyoshi (also known as Ichijo Kanera), writer, kugyo (Japanese court noble), regent, and renowned scholar who was known for owning one of the finest libraries of his time”; his best known book was Bummei itto-ki (On the Unity of Knowledge and Culture), which deals with political ethics and the duties of aContinue reading “June 7 Writer Birthdays”

June 6 Writer Birthdays

1236 – Wen Tianxiang, Chinese poet and politician who is a popular symbol of patriotism and righteousness in China. 1539 – Catherine Vasa, Swedish writer, poet, and Princess who was also Regent of East Frisia. 1606 – Pierre Corneille, French playwright who has been called the father of French tragedy; he also wrote many comedies.Continue reading “June 6 Writer Birthdays”

June 5 Writer Birthdays

1640 – Pu Songling , Chinese short-story writer, best known as the author of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. 1646 – Elena Piscopia (also known in English as Helen Cornaro), Italian mathematician, writer, philosopher, translator, and musician who was the first woman to receive a doctoral degree. 1884 – Ivy Compton-Burnett, award-winning English novelist whoseContinue reading “June 5 Writer Birthdays”

Houseguests and Turtles

I’ve barely posted on this blog in the past week or so, except for quick, general stuff like lists of writers’ birthdays and photos in honor of the occasional weird holiday. That’s because we’ve been busy here with houseguests. I’ve managed to find some time to edit chapters of the science-fiction book I’m working on,Continue reading “Houseguests and Turtles”

June 4 Writer Birthdays

1656 – Anne Blencowe (Lady Blencowe, née Anne Wallis), British food writer and compiler of recipes whose book was first published more than 200 years after her death. 1845 – Žemaite, pen name of Julija Beniuševiciute-Žymantiene, Lithuanian Samogitian writer who was a major participant in the Lithuanian National Revival; she wrote about peasant life inContinue reading “June 4 Writer Birthdays”

June 3 Writer Birthdays

1534 – Hosokawa Fujitaka (also known as Hosokawa Yusai), Japanese writer and poet. 1625 – Filippo Baldinucci, Italian writer, historian, art historian, biographer, painter, and politician. 1771 – Sydney Smith, English wit, writer, lecturer, editor, and Anglican cleric who was known to American homemakers through his rhyming recipe for salad dressing. 1793 – Antoni Malczewski,Continue reading “June 3 Writer Birthdays”

June 2 Writer Birthdays

1740 – Donatien Alphonse François (Marquis de Sade), French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer famous for his libertine sexuality; his works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts, but he is remembered especially for his erotica. 1840 – Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet of the Victorian realist school who was alsoContinue reading “June 2 Writer Birthdays”

June 1 Writer Birthdays

1594 – Carlo Ridolfi, Italian writer, art historian, and painter. 1727 – Diego José Abad, Mexican writer, poet, philosopher, translator, and Jesuit theologian. 1800 – Caroline Lee Hentz, U.S. writer, novelist, and educator who was a major literary figure in her day; she is best known for her book The Planter’s Northern Bride, a rebuttalContinue reading “June 1 Writer Birthdays”

May 31 Writer Birthdays

1773 – Johann Ludwig Tieck, German poet, translator, editor, novelist, writer, and critic; he was one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 1819 – Walt Whitman, influential U.S. poet, essayist, and journalist whose best-known collection is Leaves of Grass, which breaks the boundaries of poeticContinue reading “May 31 Writer Birthdays”

May 30 Writer Birthdays

1811 – Vissarion Belinsky, Finnish-born Russian writer, literary critic, journalist, and philosopher. 1874 – Nanna With, Norwegian writer, biographer, journalist, editor, and musician. 1873 – Fernando María Guerrero, Filipino writer, lawyer, poet, politician, and journalist who was a significant figure during the Philippines’ golden period of Spanish literature. 1876 – Vladimir Nazor, Croatian writer, poet,Continue reading “May 30 Writer Birthdays”