September 30 Writer Birthdays

1207 – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (sometimes called, simply, Rumi), Persian philosopher, poet, scholar, theologian, and mystic; most of his works were written in Persian, but he also sometimes wrote in Turkish, Arabic, and Greek; his Masnavi, an expensive poem that is sometimes called “the Quran in Persian,” is considered one of the greatest poemsContinue reading “September 30 Writer Birthdays”

September 29 Writer Birthdays

1547 – Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright whose major work, Don Quixote, is considered the first modern European novel. 1760 – William Beckford, reclusive and eccentric English novelist, travel book writer, and architect, best known for his romance, The History of the Caliph Vathek. 1810 – Elizabeth Gaskell, British novelist and nonfictionContinue reading “September 29 Writer Birthdays”

September 28 Writer Birthdays

0551 BCE – Confucius, Chinese philosopher and politician who was traditionally considered the paragon of Chinese sages and one of the most important and influential individuals in human history; his teachings and philosophy formed the basis of East Asian culture and society, and continue to remain influential. 1803 – Prosper Mérimée, French dramatist and short-storyContinue reading “September 28 Writer Birthdays”

September 27 Writer Birthdays

1696 – Alphonsus Liguori, Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, composer, musician, artist, poet, lawyer, scholastic philosopher, and theologian; one of the most widely read Catholic authors, he is the patron saint of confessors. 1719 – Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, German mathematician and epigrammatist who was well known for writing textbooks and compiling encyclopedias, but even betterContinue reading “September 27 Writer Birthdays”

September 26 Writer Birthdays

1593 – Cosme Gómez Tejada de los Reyes, Spanish writer, poet and dramatist. 1649 – Katharyne Lescailje, Dutch writer, poet, playwright, translator, and publisher; she is considered one of her country’s premier female poets of the 17th century. 1788 – Charles-Victor Prévot (Vicomte d’Arlincourt), French novelist, poet, and playwright who was known as “the princeContinue reading “September 26 Writer Birthdays”

September 25 Writer Birthdays

1726 – Angelo Maria Bandini, Italian author, librarian, and priest. 1749 – Arnaud Berquin, French writer, playwright, and children’s author whose work depicted common everyday events in realistic ways. 1759 – Francisco de Borja Garção Stockler, Portuguese writer, poet, politician, mathematician, math historian, and military officer from the autonomous Portuguese region of Azores. 1784 –Continue reading “September 25 Writer Birthdays”

September 24 Writer Birthdays

1547 – Faizi (pen name for Shaikh Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak), Indian poet, writer, scholar, scientist, translator, diplomat, and calligrapher. 1550 – Tang Xianzu, Chinese writer, poet, and playwright who is known mostly for his plays and operas; Mudan Ting (The Peony Pavilion) is generally considered to be his masterpiece. 1717 – Horace Walpole, EnglishContinue reading “September 24 Writer Birthdays”

September 23 Writer Birthdays

480 BC – Euripides, Greek playwright who was one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens; his theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times, include representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. 1605 – Daniel Czepko (full name Daniel Czepko von Reigersfeld), Polish poet, author, playwright,Continue reading “September 23 Writer Birthdays”

September 22 Writer Birthdays

1211 – Ibn Khallikan, Iraqi Islamic scholar and poet who compiled a celebrated biographical encyclopedia of Arab scholars. 1398 – Panfilo Castaldi, (also called Pamfilo or Pamphilo), Italian physician and “master of the art of printing,” to whom local tradition attributes the invention of moveable type. 1547 – Philipp Nicodemus Frischlin, German philologist, poet, playwright,Continue reading “September 22 Writer Birthdays”

September 21 Writer Birthdays

1638 – Philippe de Courcillon (Marquis de Dangeau), French officer, author, memoirist, and diplomat who is most remembered for keeping a diary of his life at Versailles from 1684 until the year of his death, and using that diary to craft his 19 volumes of published memoirs; despite one critic’s opinion that his memoirs wereContinue reading “September 21 Writer Birthdays”