December 18 Writer Birthdays

1567 – Cornelius à Lapide, Belgian writer, theologian, university teacher, and priest. 1626 – Christina, Queen of Sweden, Swedish queen who was a writer, autobiographer, mathematician, philosopher, patron of the arts, newspaper founder, and one of the most learned women of the 17th century; she was controversial for her masculine style of dressing, her refusalContinue reading “December 18 Writer Birthdays”

December 17 Writer Birthdays

1556 – Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, Indian Muslim poet and government minister, also known as simply Rahim; he was known for his Hindi dohe (couplets) and his books on astrology. 1706 – Émilie du Châtelet (full name Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Châtelet), French natural philosopher, mathematician, writer, and translator whose most recognizedContinue reading “December 17 Writer Birthdays”

December 16 Writer Birthdays

My own birthday is December 16, and while it’s silly to feel pride about something over which I had no control, I am proud to share my birthday with some pretty wonderful writers. In fact, I have yet to find a date with a better array of writer birthdays (though tomorrow’s list will have someContinue reading “December 16 Writer Birthdays”

December 15 Writer Birthdays

1754 – Shaihu Usman dan Fodio (also known as Usuman ɓin Foduye, Shehu Uthman Dan Fuduye, and Shaikh Uthman Ibn Fodio), prolific and influential Fulani scholar, religious teacher, revolutionary, military leader, writer, promoter of Sunni Islam, and founder of the Sokoto Caliphate; he wrote extensively on religion, government, culture, and society, critiquing existing Muslim elitesContinue reading “December 15 Writer Birthdays”

December 14 Writer Birthdays

1503 – Nostradamus, French author, astrologist, and alleged seer, credited with foreseeing many world events (possibly born on Dec. 21; accounts vary). 1546 – Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, author, poet, autobiographer, and alchemist who was known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical observations; he has been described as “the first competent mind in modern astronomyContinue reading “December 14 Writer Birthdays”

December 13 Writer Birthdays

1720 – Carlo Gozzi, Italian playwright, poet, memoirist, and champion of Commedia dell’arte. 1797 – Christian Johann Heinrich Heine, German journalist, essayist, and literary critic who was also one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century; some of his early lyric poetry was set to music by such composers as Robert SchumannContinue reading “December 13 Writer Birthdays”

December 12 Writer Birthdays

1742 – Anna Seward, English Romantic poet who is often called the Swan of Lichfield; she also wrote novels and a biography. 1746 – José de la Cruz (more popularly known as Huseng Sisiw), key Filipino writer during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines; he is known as “Hari ng makatang Tagalog” (King of TagalogContinue reading “December 12 Writer Birthdays”

O, Tannenbomb

I’m starting to get into the holiday mood, so I’m thinking about Christmas trees. We pulled ours down from the attic and hope to set it up tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m remembering some past trees. This was one I helped created a few years back, with the Del Ray Yarn Bombers group that IContinue reading “O, Tannenbomb”

December 11 Writer Birthdays

1725 – George Mason, Colonial American and U.S. planter, politician, statesman, writer, and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution (because it still lacked a bill of rights). His writings, including substantial portions of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774 and his Objections to this ConstitutionContinue reading “December 11 Writer Birthdays”