December 1 Writer Birthdays

1083 – Anna Komnene (also spelled Comnena), a Greek princess, scholar, doctor, hospital administrator, and the daughter of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos of Byzantium; she wrote the Alexiad, a historical account of her father’s reign. 1722 – Anna Louisa Karsch, German writer and poet who was known in her day as “the German Sappho” andContinue reading “December 1 Writer Birthdays”

November 30 Writer Birthdays

0538 – Gregory of Tours (born Georgius Florentius), French-born Gallo-Roman historian and writer who was Bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of the area that has been referred to as Gaul; his work is the primary contemporary source for Merovingian history, including his most notable work, Decem Libri Historiarum (Ten Books ofContinue reading “November 30 Writer Birthdays”

November 29 Writer Birthdays

1531 – Johannes Letzner, German writer, historian, and Protestant priest. 1724 – Saviour Bernard, Maltese medical practitioner, scientist, author, and major philosopher. 1770 – David Hess, Swiss writer, politician, caricaturist, and painter. 1781 – Andrés Bello (also known as Andrés de Jesús María y José Bello López), Venezuelan poet, humanist, educator, philologist, diplomat, and scholarContinue reading “November 29 Writer Birthdays”

November 28 Writer Birthdays

1628 – John Bunyan, English Christian writer and preacher who is known for his allegorical book The Pilgrim’s Progress, which is one of the most published books in the English language. 1695 – Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, French author noted for her original story of La Belle et la Bête, which is the oldest knownContinue reading “November 28 Writer Birthdays”

November 27 Writer Birthdays

1725 – Johanna Charlotte Unzer, award-winning German writer, poet, and philosopher, famed for her progressive views on women’s education and for her anacreontic poetry (poems written in the style of the ancient Greek poet Anacreon). 1758 – Mary Robinson (née Darby), English poet, dramatist, novelist, teacher, and actress who was known as “the English Sappho”Continue reading “November 27 Writer Birthdays”

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

1608 – Francisco Manuel de Mello, Portuguese writer, poet, and soldier who wrote in both Portuguese and Spanish; he is regarded as Portugal’s leading lyric poet and prose writer of the 17th century. 1703 – Louise Levesque (née Cavelier), French poet, writer, playwright, and librettist. 1755 – Sophie von Schardt (born Sophie von Bernstorff), GermanContinue reading “November 23 Writer Birthdays”

November 22 Writer Birthdays

1337 – Jeong Mong-ju, Korean writer, teacher, poet, politician, diplomat, philosopher, and scholar; he was also known by his pen name, Poeun. 1626 – John Saffin, English poet, writer, merchant, judge, and politician who emigrated to colonial New England and was best known for his A Brief and Candid Answer to Samuel Sewall’s The SellingContinue reading “November 22 Writer Birthdays”