March 6 Writer Birthdays

1483 – Francesco Guicciardini, Italian writer, historian, politician, diplomat, and philosopher. 1486 – Francysk Skaryna (or Francisk Skorina), Belarusian humanist, physician, and translator who was one of the first book printers in Eastern Europe, laying the groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language. 1619 – Cyrano de Bergerac, Pen name of Hercule-Savinein de Cyrano deContinue reading “March 6 Writer Birthdays”

March 5 Writer Birthdays

1840 – Constance Fenimore Woolson, American poet, novelist, and short-story writer whose great uncle was novelist James Fenimore Cooper; her fiction focused on the Great Lakes region, the American South, and American expatriates in Europe. 1853 – Howard Pyle, American author and illustrator of books for young people, and founder of a school for aspiring illustrators.Continue reading “March 5 Writer Birthdays”

March 4 Writer Birthdays

1856 – Toru Dutt, Indian Bengali poet and translator who wrote in English and French. 1881 – T.S. Stribling, Pulitzer Prize-winning American lawyer, short-story writer, novelist, and journalist who wrote about the American South. 1906 – Meindert DeJong, Dutch-American author of children’s books who won multiple Newbery Medals. 1914 – Barbara Newhall Follett, American childContinue reading “March 4 Writer Birthdays”

March 3 Writer Birthdays

1606 – Edmund Waller, English poet and member of Parliament. 1746 – Princess Izabela Dorota Czartoryska (née Fleming), Polish noblewoman, writer, and art collector who was a key figure in Enlightenment-era Poland; she founded of Poland’s first museum, the Czartoryski Museum. 1756 – William Godwin, English political philosopher, journalist, novelist, and anarchist who was theContinue reading “March 3 Writer Birthdays”

March 2 Writer Birthdays

1578 – George Sandys, English writer, poet, politician, translator, travel writer, explorer, and colonizer 1800 – Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet who was lauded by Alexander Pushkin as the finest Russian elegiac poet. 1817 – Janos Arany, Hungarian poet, translator and journalist who has been called “the Shakespeare of ballads.” 1820 – Eduard Douwes Dekker, DutchContinue reading “March 2 Writer Birthdays”

March 1 Writer Birthdays

1837 – William Dean Howells, American author and literary critic; creator of the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham. 1880 – Lytton Strachey, British author and critic, most known for his biographies and for his association with Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group of English writers, artists, and philosophers. 1892 – Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Japanese writerContinue reading “March 1 Writer Birthdays”

February 29 Writer Birthdays

1848 – Adele Zay, Romanian/Hungarian writer, teacher, pedagogue, school administrator, and women’s rights activist. 1908 – Dee Brown, American novelist and historian whose most famous work is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. 1920 – Howard Nemerov, Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning American poet, novelist, and critic who was U.S. Poet Laureate twice. 1936Continue reading “February 29 Writer Birthdays”

February 28 Writer Birthdays

1533 – Michel de Montaigne, influential French Renaissance writer and philosopher who popularized the essay as a literary genre. 1814 – William Henry Giles Kingston, British writer of historical novels and travel books, who was best known for his popular tales for boys; often known as “W.H.G.” Kingston. 1824 – Karl-Maria Kertbeny (also called KárolyContinue reading “February 28 Writer Birthdays”

February 27 Writer Birthdays

1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, author, educator, and translator; one of the Fireside Poets, he is best known for “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The Song of Hiawatha.” 1814 – Maria Susanna Kübler, Swiss writer, teacher, and translator who is remembered for her housekeeping guides and cookbooks. 1837 – Francesca Alexander, Tuscan-based American expatriateContinue reading “February 27 Writer Birthdays”

February 26 Writer Birthdays

1722 – Mary Leapor, English poet of the working class. 1802 – Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and playwright of the Romantic movement, best known internationally for his novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. 1808 – Elise Averdieck, German writer, nurse, social activist, and deaconess. 1818 – Katharina Prato, (Katharina Pratobevera, née Polt),Continue reading “February 26 Writer Birthdays”