December 4 Writer Birthdays

0034 – Persius (full name Aulus Persius Flaccus), Ancient Tuscan poet, writer, philosopher, and satirist of Etruscan origin; in his poems and satires he shows a stoic wisdom and a strong criticism for what he considered to be the stylistic abuses of his poetic contemporaries. His work enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the MiddleContinue reading “December 4 Writer Birthdays”

December 3 Writer Birthdays

1560 – Jan Gruter (also spelled Gruytère, and Latinized as Janus Gruterus), Flemish-born Belgian writer, poet, philologist, professor, and librarian. 1714 – Anica Boškovic, Ragusan writer, songwriter, and translator whose work, The Dialogue, was the first known literary work written by a female author in the literature of Ragusa, former republic that is now aContinue reading “December 3 Writer Birthdays”

December 2 Writer Birthdays

1728 – Ferdinando Galiani, influential Italian economist and writer who was a leading figure of the Enlightenment. 1820 – Elizaveta Niklaevna Akhmatova (pen name Leila), Russian writer, publisher, and translator who is remembered most today for her translations of English and French writers into Russian. 1868 – Francis Jammes, French poet whose poems are knownContinue reading “December 2 Writer Birthdays”

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

1724 – Saviour Bernard, Maltese medical practitioner, scientist, author, and major philosopher. 1781 – Andrés Bello (also known as Andrés de Jesús María y José Bello López), Venezuelan poet, humanist, educator, philologist, diplomat, and scholar whose political and literary works constitute an important part of Spanish American culture. 1799 – Amos Bronson Alcott, U.S. teacher,Continue 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”