May 7 Writer Birthdays

1426 – Giovanni Pontano (later known as Giovanni Gioviano or, in Latin, Ioannes Iovianus Pontanus), poet, writer, humanist, and politician from the Duchy of Spoleto, now in Umbria in central Italy. 1711 – David Hume, Scottish historian, economist, and essayist; a key figure in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. 1748 –Continue reading “May 7 Writer Birthdays”

May 6 Writer Birthdays

1856 – Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and the founding father of psychoanalysis. 1868 – Gaston Leroux, French journalist and author of detective fiction, best known for the novel The Phantom of the Opera. 1885 – Yaeko Nogami (birth name Kotegawa Yae), Japanese writer, novelist, essayist, and translator. 1902 – Harry Lewis Golden, Jewish-American journalist andContinue reading “May 6 Writer Birthdays”

May 5 Writer Birthdays

1588 – Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher whose work Leviathan set the foundations of western political philosophy. 1813 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, and social critic widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. 1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist, and socialist revolutionary who was the founder ofContinue reading “May 5 Writer Birthdays”

May 4 Writer Birthdays

1006 – Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, Persian Sufi poet known as the “Sage of Herat” for his oratory and poetic talents. 1749 – Charlotte Turner Smith, English Romantic poet, novelist, and children’s writer who initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility; scholars creditContinue reading “May 4 Writer Birthdays”

May 3 Writer Birthdays

1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian, politician, philosopher, and writer who is widely considered the founder of modern political science and is best known for his handbook for unscrupulous politicians, The Prince. 1533 – Cheng Dawei, Chinese writer and mathematician who is known as “the most illustrious Chinese arithmetician,” mainly because he was the authorContinue reading “May 3 Writer Birthdays”

May 2 Writer Birthdays

1362 – Empress Xu, Chinese Ming dynasty empress and writer whose work focused on virtuous women. 1551 – William Camden, leading English historian who is best known as author of Britannia, the first chorographical survey of the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Annales, the first detailed account of the reign of ElizabethContinue reading “May 2 Writer Birthdays”

May 1 Writer Birthdays

1672 – Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. 1751 – Judith Sargent Murray, American essay writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, and influential advocate for women’s rights. 1848 – James Ford Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning American industrialist, historian, and author whose work includes a seven-volume history of the United States. 1855 – Mary Mackay (also knownContinue reading “May 1 Writer Birthdays”

April 30 Author Birthdays

1830 – Sardar Ghulam Muhammad Khan Tarzi, Afghanistani Pashtun poet, scholar, soldier, politician, and military leader. 1864 – Juhan Liiv, Estonian writer, teacher, and journalist who was also one of Estonia’s greatest poets. 1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American-born member of the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde literary scene and lifelong companion of Gertrude Stein;Continue reading “April 30 Author Birthdays”

April 29 Writer Birthdays

1764 – Ann Julia Hatton (née Kemble) popular British novelist and poet; she also published as Ann of Swansea. 1780 – Charles Nodier, influential French author, poet, librarian, translator, journalist, entomologist, literary critic, novelist, and lexicographer who introduced a younger generation of Romanticists to the conte fantastique, gothic literature, and vampire tales. 1815 – AntunContinue reading “April 29 Writer Birthdays”

April 28 Writer Birthdays

1402 – Nezahualcoyotl (meaning “Coyote who fasts”), poet, philosopher, warrior, and architect who ruled the city-state of Texcoco in pre-Columbian era Mexico; he is best remembered for his poetry. 1541 – Mustafa Âlî (full name Gelibolulu Mustafa Âlî bin Ahmed bin Abdülmevlâ Çelebi), Ottoman Turkish poet, historian, bureaucrat, and major literary figure. 1669 – AuroraContinue reading “April 28 Writer Birthdays”