January 24 Writer Birthdays

1776 – E.T.A. Hoffmann, German Romantic author whose novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was adapted into the ballet The Nutcracker. 1804 – Delphine de Girardin, German-born French writer, poet, journalist, and salonnière; she wrote under the pen name Vicomte Delaunay. 1862 – Edith Wharton, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and designer who drewContinue reading “January 24 Writer Birthdays”

January 23 Writer Birthdays

1729 – Clara Reeve, English writer, translator, and novelist best known for the Gothic novel The Old English Baron and an innovative history of prose fiction The Progress of Romance; her first work was a translation from Latin, then an unusual language for a woman to learn. 1783 – Stendahl (pen name for Marie-Henri Beyle),Continue reading “January 23 Writer Birthdays”

January 22 Writer Birthdays

1561 – Francis Bacon (1st Viscount St Alban), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England; he is one of the scholars credited with developing the scientific method, arguing for scientific knowledge based on inductive reasoning, careful observation, and a methodical approach; he has beenContinue reading “January 22 Writer Birthdays”

January 21 Writer Birthdays

1571 – Johannes Isacius Pontanus, Dutch historian, writer, and professor who is best known for writing histories of places. 1619 – Anders Christensen Bording, Danish poet, author, and journalist who is notable for his epigrams, ballads, and poems, as well as for writing and publishing the first Danish newspaper, the monthly Den Danske Mercurius, writtenContinue reading “January 21 Writer Birthdays”

January 20 Writer Birthdays

1562 – Ottavio Rinuccini, Italian poet and librettist; in collaborating with Jacopo Peri to produce the first opera, Dafne, he became the first opera librettist. 1719 – Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer best known for his work The Travels of Anarchis the Younger in Greece. 1804 – Eugène Sue, French author whose novel Mathilde contains theContinue reading “January 20 Writer Birthdays”

January 19 Writer Birthdays

1655 – Nalan Xingde (born Nalan Chengde; Manchu name Nara Singde), Qing dynasty Chinese poet, famous for his ci poetry. 1714 – Joseph de La Porte, French poet, playwright, and literary critic; he also wrote fictional travel books that were based on real voyages, though he never traveled himself. 1720 – Franciszek Bohomolec, Polish writer,Continue reading “January 19 Writer Birthdays”

January 18 Writer Birthdays

1779 – Peter Mark Roget, British thesaurus developer and physician. 1867 – Rubén Darío, born Félix Rubén Garcia-Sarmiento, Nicaraguan poet and short-story writer. 1882 – A.A. Milne, British playwright, screenwriter, humor writer, and children’s author, best known for his Winnie the Pooh books and other children’s poetry. 1884 – Elena Arizmendi Mejía, Mexican feminist leader,Continue reading “January 18 Writer Birthdays”

January 17 Writer Birthdays

1600 – Pedro Calderón de la Barca (full name Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño), a dramatist, poet, and writer of the Spanish Golden Age who was also a soldier and a Roman Catholic priest. 1706 – Benjamin Franklin, American philosopher, writer, newspaper editor, printer, statesman,Continue reading “January 17 Writer Birthdays”

January 16 Writer Birthdays

Today is my son’s birthday; he turns 20 today. It would be a bit of a stretch, but you could call him a published author. When he was 6, he entered a contest for Kids’ Letters to President Obama. He was one of the winners, and had his letter appear in the book of thatContinue reading “January 16 Writer Birthdays”

January 15 Writer Birthdays

1622 – Molière (real name Jean-Baptiste Polian), French playwright who is considered one of the masters of comedy in Western literature. 1711 – Sidonia Hedwig Zäunemann (known as die Zäunemännin), German poet who became Poet Laureate of Göttingen at the age of 24. 1781 – Pablo de Jérica, Spanish writer, poet, short-story writer, and journalistContinue reading “January 15 Writer Birthdays”