September 23 Writer Birthdays

480 BC – Euripides, Greek playwright who was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens; his theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times include representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. 1863 – Mary Church Terrell, writer, journalist, educator, politician, suffragist, and civil-rights activist whoContinue reading “September 23 Writer Birthdays”

September 22 Writer Birthdays

1837 – Lady Anne Blunt (full name, Anne Isabella Noel Blunt, 15th Baroness Wentworth, née King-Noel), English-born writer, explorer, artist, and vastly influential horse breeder who was the was the daughter of William King, 1st Earl of Lovelace, and Augusta Ada Byron, the world’s first computer programmer, the granddaughter of the poet Lord Byron, andContinue reading “September 22 Writer Birthdays”

September 20 Writer Birthdays

1878 – Upton Sinclair, Pulitzer Prize-winning muckraking novelist, nonfiction author, politician, and journalist. 1884 – William Maxwell Evarts Perkins (better known as Maxwell Perkins), well-known book editor whose authors included Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe. 1899 – Leo Strauss, German-born Jewish-American political philosopher and professor. 1922 – Edie Kerouac-Parker, American memoirist whoContinue reading “September 20 Writer Birthdays”

September 19 Writer Birthdays

1861 – Anna Brigadere, Latvian writer, poet, playwright, children’s writer, and autobiographer whose work illuminated the lives of Latvian women in the late 19th century. 1894 – Rachel Field, Newbery Award Medal-winning American author best known for Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. 1900 – Wlodzimierz Slobodnik, Polish poet, translator, satirist, and author of numerous booksContinue reading “September 19 Writer Birthdays”

September 18 Writer Birthdays

1709 – Samuel Johnson, English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer and who has been called, “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.” 1854 – Eufemia von Adlersfeld-Ballestrem, German novelist who was one of the few female writers inContinue reading “September 18 Writer Birthdays”

September 17 Writer Birthdays

1783 – Nadezhda Durova, Russian author who was the first known female Army officer in the Russian military; she became a decorated cavalry soldier while disguised as a man. Her memoir, the Cavalry Maiden, is significant because it is one of the earliest autobiographies in the Russian language, and because few junior officers in theContinue reading “September 17 Writer Birthdays”

September 16 Writer Birthdays

1846 – Anna Kingsford, English physician, writer, poet, philosopher, novelist, suffragist, and activist for the rights of women and animals; she was only the second English woman to obtain a degree in medicine, and, as a staunch anti-vivisectionist, the only medical student at the time to graduate without having experimented on a single animal; herContinue reading “September 16 Writer Birthdays”

September 15 Writer Birthdays

1613 – François de La Rochefoucauld, French author of maxims and memoirs who was was one of the leading exponents of the ‘maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses a harsh or paradoxical truth with brevity. 1789 – James Fenimore Cooper, American writer of historical romantic fiction dealing with frontier and Indian life,Continue reading “September 15 Writer Birthdays”

September 14 Writer Birthdays

1728 – Mercy Otis Warren, poet, playwright, and political writer and propagandist of the American Revolution; in 1790, she published a collection of poems and plays under her own name, which was highly unusual for a woman at the time; in 1805, she published one of the earliest histories of the American Revolution, the three-volumeContinue reading “September 14 Writer Birthdays”

September 13 Writer Birthdays

1756 – Benedikt Naubert (born Christiana Benedicta Hebenstreit), prolific German writer who published anonymously more than 50 historical novels; she is considered a pioneer of the genre. 1830 – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian countess, novelist, and playwright who is known for her psychological novels and is considered one of the most important German-language writers ofContinue reading “September 13 Writer Birthdays”