February 27 Writer Birthdays

1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, author, educator, and translator; one of the Fireside Poets, he is best known for “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The Song of Hiawatha.” 1814 – Maria Susanna Kübler, Swiss writer, teacher, and translator who is remembered for her housekeeping guides and cookbooks. 1837 – Francesca Alexander, Tuscan-based American expatriateContinue reading “February 27 Writer Birthdays”

February 26 Writer Birthdays

1722 – Mary Leapor, English poet of the working class. 1802 – Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and playwright of the Romantic movement, best known internationally for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. 1808 – Elise Averdieck, German writer, nurse, social activist, and deaconess. 1818 – Katharina Prato, (Katharina Pratobevera, née Polt),Continue reading “February 26 Writer Birthdays”

February 25 Writer Birthdays

1814 – Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet, playwright, painter, anthropologist, and ethnographer. 1866 – Benedetto Croce, Italian writer, philosopher, politician, art historian, and literary critic. 1900 – Marina Yurlova, Russian child soldier and author who fought in World War I and later in the Russian Civil War; wounded several times, she won the Cross of SaintContinue reading “February 25 Writer Birthdays”

February 24 Writer Birthdays

1304 – Ibn Battuta, Moroccan-born Muslim Berber writer, scholar, geographer, cartographer, merchant, and explorer who widely traveled the medieval world; his account of his journeys was called, A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling. 1786 – Wilhelm Carl Grimm, German author, folklorist, librarian, and literary historian whoContinue reading “February 24 Writer Birthdays”

February 23 Writer Birthdays

1633 – Samuel Pepys, English diarist and member of Parliament; the detailed diary he kept during the 1660s was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important historical sources on the English Restoration period, including eyewitness accounts of such events as the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London.Continue reading “February 23 Writer Birthdays”

February 22 Writer Birthdays

1804 – William Whipper, American anti-slavery activist and essayist. 1819 – James Russell Lowell, American poet, social critic, journalist, essayist, and abolitionist. 1864 – Pierre-Jules Renard, French novelist, playwright, and nonfiction author, most famous for the works Poil de carotte (Carrot Top) and Les Histoires Naturelles (Nature Stories). 1871 – John Langalibalele Dube, South African essayist, philosopher, educator, politician,Continue reading “February 22 Writer Birthdays”

February 21 Writer Birthdays

1755 – Anne Grant (often called Mrs. Anne Grant of Laggan), Scottish poet and author best known for her collection of mostly biographical poems Memoirs of an American Lady as well as her earlier work Letters from the Mountains. 1817 – José Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet and dramatist whose work was part of theContinue reading “February 21 Writer Birthdays”

February 20 Writer Birthdays

1713 – Anna Maria Elvia, Swedish feminist writer who was renowned for her academic abilities and regarded intellectual development as not just a right but a duty of women. 1805 – Angelina Emily Grimké, American author, pamphlet writer, lecturer, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist who grew up in a white, slave-owning family and, as aContinue reading “February 20 Writer Birthdays”

February 19 Writer Birthdays

1717 – David Garrick, English playwright, poet, actor, and theatrical producer. 1869 – Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet, writer, translator, literary critic, journalist, and public activist who is considered the national poet of Armenia; his work was mostly realistic, focusing on everyday life. 1888 – José Eustasio Rivera Salas, Colombian lawyer and author primarily known forContinue reading “February 19 Writer Birthdays”

February 18 Writer Birthdays

1718 – Søren Abildgaard, Norwegian writer, illustrator, artist, draftsman, geologist, and naturalist who traveled throughout Denmark to create drawings of its tombstones, runes, and other historic monuments; he was also an illustrator and painter on historian Jacob Langebek’s tour to Sweden and the Baltic provinces, and is remembered for his studies of topographical and geologicalContinue reading “February 18 Writer Birthdays”