April 27 Writer Birthdays

1682 – Claudine Alexandrine Guérin de Tencin (Baroness of Saint-Martin-de-Ré), French novelist, writer, and salonnière. 1737 – Edward Gibbon, English historian and politician, known for his major work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 1759 – Mary Wollstonecraft, British writer and woman’s rights pioneer who was also the mother ofContinue reading “April 27 Writer Birthdays”

April 26 Writer Birthdays

121 – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and influential Stoic philosopher. 1711 – David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian, and essayist. 1711 – Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, French writer, journalist, children’s writer, and folklorist who wrote the best known version of Beauty and the Beast. 1785 – John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter, best known forContinue reading “April 26 Writer Birthdays”

April 25 Writer Birthdays

1873 – Walter De La Mare, English poet, novelist, and short-story writer best remembered for his children’s stories and ghost stories. 1892 – Maud Hart Lovelace, American author best known for her historical novels and for her Betsy-Tacy series for children. 1899 – Grace Rasp-Nuri, Turkish Cypriot-German novelist for children and adults whose work wasContinue reading “April 25 Writer Birthdays”

April 24 Writer Birthdays

1804 – Cho Koran, Japanese poet, artist, and educator, known for her study of Chinese arts and specialization in bunjinga ink paintings, and for founding a private school for teaching Chinese poetry to women. 1815 – Anthony Trollope, popular Victorian-era English novelist, known for books set in fictional Barsetshire. 1825 – R.M. Ballantyne, prolific ScottishContinue reading “April 24 Writer Birthdays”

April 23 Writer Birthdays

1564 – William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet, and actor widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest playwright, and is often called the Bard of Avon. (April 23 is a probable birthdate, based on his April 26 baptism.) 1852 – Edwin Markham, American poet, nonfiction writer, essayist, and educatorContinue reading “April 23 Writer Birthdays”

April 22 Writer Birthdays

1707 – Henry Fielding, English novelist and playwright known for his earthy humor and satire; his most famous novel is Tom Jones. 1724 – Immanuel Kant, German philosopher whose major work was Critique of Pure Reason; he is well known for synthesizing early modern rationalism and empiricism, and continues to exercise significant influence in metaphysics,Continue reading “April 22 Writer Birthdays”

April 21 Writer Birthdays

1488 – Ulrich von Hutten, German knight, scholar, poet, and satirist who became a follower of Martin Luther and a Protestant reformer. 1816 – Charlotte Brontë, English novelist who wrote under the pseudonym Currer Bell; her Gothic romance Jane Eyre is one of the most popular novels of all time and revolutionized fiction by focusingContinue reading “April 21 Writer Birthdays”

April 20 Writer Birthdays

0660 – Empress Genmei (元明天皇, Genmei-tennō, also known as Empress Genmyō), poet who was the 43rd monarch of Japan and the fourth of eight women to take on the role of empress in her own right. 1826 – Dinah Craik (born Dinah Maria Mulock, and often credited as Miss Mulock or Mrs. Craik), English writer,Continue reading “April 20 Writer Birthdays”

April 19 Writer Birthdays

1666 – Sarah Kemble Knight, American teacher, businesswoman, and diarist who is especially remembered for her diary of a journey from Boston to New York in 1704–1705, which provides one of the few first-hand-accounts of travel conditions in Connecticut during colonial times. 1819 – Frances Parthenope Verney, Lady Verney (née Nightingale), Italian-born English essayist, novelist,Continue reading “April 19 Writer Birthdays”

April 18 Writer Birthdays

1446 – Ippolita Maria Sforza, Italian writer and poet of the Sforza family, which ruled the Duchy of Milan from 1450 until 1535; she married Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, who later reigned as King Alfonso II of Naples. 1734 – Elsa Beata Bunge, writer, physicist, agronomist, botanist, satirical poet, and countess who made her reputationContinue reading “April 18 Writer Birthdays”