March 20 Writer Birthdays

0043 BC – Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovid, Ancient Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses. 1612 – Anne Bradstreet (née Dudley), the most prominent of early English poets in North America and the first writer in England’s American colonies to be published. 1770 – Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin, German schizophrenic lyric poet. 1828Continue reading “March 20 Writer Birthdays”

March 19 Writer Birthdays

1084 – Li Qingzhao, Chinese writer, poet, essayist, artist, and lyricist; she is considered one of the greatest poets in Chinese history. 1721 – Tobias Smollett, Scottish poet and author best known for his picaresque novels and for his work’s influence on Charles Dickens. 1821 – Sir Richard Francis Burton, British explorer, translator, and travelContinue reading “March 19 Writer Birthdays”

Thursday 13: Thirteen Books

I just noticed a Facebook Memory from 2010. It was a “Thursday 13,” a meme that asks participants to make a list of thirteen things on Thursdays. I chose that day, eleven years ago today, to compile a list of the last thirteen books I’d read. (I specified then that I was not including booksContinue reading “Thursday 13: Thirteen Books”

March 18 Writer Birthdays

1652 – Anne Margrethe Qvitzow, Danish poet, writer, memoirist, and translator. 1634 – Madame de La Fayette, French writer, novelist, historian, lady-in-waiting, and correspondent; her novel La Princesse de Clèves was France’s first historical novel and one of the earliest novels in all of literature. 1829 – Mary Ann Harris Gay, American writer and poetContinue reading “March 18 Writer Birthdays”

March 17 Writer Birthdays

1819 – Sarah Carter Edgarton Mayo, American author, editor, and poet. 1820 – Jean Ingelow, English poet, novelist, and children’s writer. 1826 – Oscar Ferdinand Peschel, German geographer and anthropologist, most remembered for his book The Races of Man and Their Geographical Distribution, which classifies humans into seven races. 1832 – Moncure Daniel Conway, AmericanContinue reading “March 17 Writer Birthdays”

March 16 Writer Birthdays

1657 – Susanna Elizabeth Zeidler, German Baroque poet and advocate for women’s rights, especially the right to participate in the public and literary world; her work Beglau-bigung der Jungfer Poeterey (Certification of the Maiden Poet) is considered a classic text on the defense of women’s right to authorship. 1751 – James Madison, author of theContinue reading “March 16 Writer Birthdays”

March 15 Writer Birthdays

1499 – Gjon Buzuku, Albanian writer, translator, and linguist who may have been a monk and probably lived in or near Venice, Italy. 1768 – Maria Czartoryska, Polish writer, philanthropist, and princess who was also known as Duchess Maria and the Duchess Louis of Württemberg. 1778 – Pauline Fourès, French novelist, writer, painter, and musicianContinue reading “March 15 Writer Birthdays”

March 14 Writer Birthdays

1844 – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy, British poet of Irish descent. 1866 – Ng Poon Chew, Chinese author, journalist, publisher, and activist who published the first Chinese language daily newspaper to be printed outside of China 1869 – Algernon Blackwood, English novelist and short story writer, known for ghost stories and weird fiction. 1879 –Continue reading “March 14 Writer Birthdays”

Friday Five (One Day Late): Reading List

I just saw yesterday’s Friday Five question, and it’s on a topic near and dear to my heart: Books! So I’m answering it a day late. Here are the five questions. 1) Have you read more books, or fewer books, this past year than usual?Slightly fewer, I guess, but really about the same. I readContinue reading “Friday Five (One Day Late): Reading List”

March 13 Writer Birthdays

1742 – Anne Hunter, Irish-born British poet, lyricists, and saloniere who is mostly remembered now for writing the texts to at least nine of Joseph Haydn’s 14 songs in English. 1822 – Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German lyric poet. 1848 – Patrocinio de Biedma y la Moneda, Spanish poet, novelist, and journalist; in addition toContinue reading “March 13 Writer Birthdays”