October 16 Writer Birthdays

1605 – Charles Coypeau, French burlesque poet and musician who sometimes used the pen name D’Assouci or Dassoucy. 1745 – Olaudah Equiano, African writer, autobiographer, abolitionist, sailor, and merchant who was born in what is now Nigeria, enslaved as a child, and brought to the British West Indies and later to London, where he boughtContinue reading “October 16 Writer Birthdays”

October 15 Writer Birthdays

0070 BC – Virgil, influential Roman poet of the Augustan period, best known for his epic The Aeneid. 1801 – Rifa’a al-Tahtawi, Egyptian writer, economist, historian, translator, journalist, archaeologist, academic, teacher, and philosopher who was among the first Egyptian scholars to write about Western cultures in an attempt to bring about a reconciliation and anContinue reading “October 15 Writer Birthdays”

October 14 Writer Birthdays

1617 – Yun Hyu, South Korean writer, poet, politician, painter, philosopher, and autobiographer. 1644 – William Penn, English real-estate entrepreneur, philosopher, and founder of Pennsylvania; he wrote in favor of democracy and religious freedom and was noted for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Indians; he was imprisoned in the Tower ofContinue reading “October 14 Writer Birthdays”

October 13 Writer Birthdays

1621 – Giovanni Antonio Cavazzi da Montecuccolo, Italian writer, historian, memoirist, explorer, and Capuchin missionary, noted for his travels in Portuguese Angola and his lengthy account of the local history and culture, as well as a history of the Capuchin mission there. 1747 – Ange-François Fariau, French poet, writer, journalist, teacher, linguist, and translator whoContinue reading “October 13 Writer Birthdays”

October 12 Writer Birthdays

1580 – Hortensio Félix Paravicino y Arteaga, Spanish writer, poet, playwright, and Catholic monk. He was also an art critic and connoisseur of painting, but argued for the destruction of all paintings of nudes, writing, “The finest paintings are the greatest threat: burn the best of them”; his views on art were considered extreme evenContinue reading “October 12 Writer Birthdays”

October 11 Writer Birthdays

1723 – Hedvig Strömfelt, Swedish writer, psalm writer, church historian, and baroness who was an important leader in the Moravian Church Stockholm congregation. 1727 – Elizabeth Griffith (sometimes credited as Elizabeth Griffiths), Welsh-born, Irish-based dramatist, fiction writer, essayist, and actress. 1782 – Steen Steensen Blicher, Danish poet, short-story writer, and failed clergyman. 1825 – MariaContinue reading “October 11 Writer Birthdays”

October 10 Writer Birthdays

1834 – Aleksis Kivi, Finnish playwright, novelist, and poet. 1870 – Louise Mack, Australian poet, journalist, and novelist who is best known for her writings about World War I and her involvement in 1914 as the first woman war correspondent in Belgium. 1892 – Ivo Andric, Nobel Prize-winning Yugoslav novelist, poet, and short-story writer. 1892Continue reading “October 10 Writer Birthdays”

October 9 Writer Birthdays

1221 – Salimbene di Adam (often known as Salimbene of Parma), Italian Franciscan friar, theologian, and chronicler whose work is a key source for 13th century Italian history. 1741 – Gaspar de Molina y Zaldívar, Spanish writer, poet, architect, painter, and engineer. 1772 – Mary Tighe, Irish poet and novelist; poet John Keats was oneContinue reading “October 9 Writer Birthdays”

October 8 Writer Birthdays

1553 – Jacques Auguste de Thou, French writer, poet, historian, book collector, diplomat, and politician. 1712 – Alison Cockburn (also known as Alison Rutherford, or Alicia Cockburn), Scottish poet, satirist, lyricist, and wit who collected a circle of eminent friends in 18th-century enlightenment Edinburgh, including Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and David Hume. 1773 – SophieContinue reading “October 8 Writer Birthdays”

October 7 Writer Birthdays

1540 – Pantaleon Candidus, Austrian writer, historian, and theologian of the Reformed Church. 1773 – Caroline Philippine von Briest (better known as Caroline de la Motte Fouqué), prolific German writer of the Romantic period who was one of the most accomplished women of Germany of her time; she wrote novels, short stories, travelogues, fairy tales,Continue reading “October 7 Writer Birthdays”