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”

October 6 Writer Birthdays

1565 – Marie de Gournay, French writer, poet, novelist, editor, translator, philosopher, essayist, alchemist, and feminist who often wrote about equality between women and men and the necessity for women to be educated. 1648 – Henrietta Catharina (Baroness von Gersdorff, maiden name von Friesen auf Roetha), German Baroque religious poet who was an advocate forContinue reading “October 6 Writer Birthdays”

October 5 Writer Birthdays

1703 – Jonathan Edwards, American theologian, educator, philosopher, scholar, and journalist whose writings helped shape the course of Protestantism; he is best known for his sermon about “sinners in the hands of an angry God.” 1713 – Denis Diderot, French philosopher, art critic, encyclopedia editor, and Enlightenment Era writer. 1817 – Catherine Cooper Hopley (alsoContinue reading “October 5 Writer Birthdays”

October 4 Writer Birthdays

1737 – Fanny de Beauharnais (née Marie-Anne-Françoise Mouchard), French writer, poet, playwright, novelist, woman of letters, and salon-holder whose descendants include the former royal families of Romania and Yugoslavia and the present royal families of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Monaco. 1836 – Juliette Adam, French novelist, political author, autobiographer, journal editor, and feminist activist. 1854 –Continue reading “October 4 Writer Birthdays”

October 3 Writer Birthdays

1554 – Fulke Greville (1st Baron Brooke), English poet, dramatist, biographer, and statesman who was one of the principal courtly writers of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras; he is remembered chiefly for his dark, thoughtful, and distinctly Calvinist views on art, literature, beauty, and other philosophical matters. 1814 – Mikhail Lermontov, influential Russian romantic poet,Continue reading “October 3 Writer Birthdays”

October 2 Writer Birthdays

1682 – Birgitte Christine Kaas Huitfeldt, Norwegian poet and translator of hymns; much of her original work was lost when her house burned down in 1746. 1710 – Françoise-Nicole Gravillon Hus, French playwright, writer, and actress. 1718 – Elizabeth Montagu, British social reformer, patron of the arts, literary critic, and writer. 1754 – Louis GabrielContinue reading “October 2 Writer Birthdays”

October 1 Writer Birthdays

0086 – Gaius Sallustius Crispus (usually called Sallust), Roman writer, poet, historian, and politician who is the earliest known Roman historian with surviving works to his name. 1550 – Ana García Manzanas (better known as Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew), Spanish Roman Catholic Carmelite nun and writer who was known for being a companion toContinue reading “October 1 Writer Birthdays”