July 18 Writer Birthdays

1635 – Robert Hooke, English author, astronomer, professor, physicist, surveyor, and scientist who often argued with Isaac Newton over scientific theories. 1811 – William Makepeace Thackeray, Indian-born English journalist, illustrator, editor, and author, best known for his satirical novel Vanity Fair; as a journalist, he often wrote under such absurd pen names as George SavageContinue reading “July 18 Writer Birthdays”

July 17 Writer Birthdays

1888 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon (published in Hebrew under the acronym Shai Agnon and in English as S.Y. Agnon) Nobel Prize-winning Ukrainian-born author whose work explores conflicts between the modern world and traditional Jewish life and language; he is considered a central figure in modern Hebrew literature and has been called “one of the greatContinue reading “July 17 Writer Birthdays”

July 15 Writer Birthdays

1779 – Clement C. Moore, American professor who wrote the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” which later became famous as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” 1796 – Thomas Bulfinch, American writer and banker best known as the author of Bulfinch’s Mythology. 1886 – Jacques Rivière, French writer, critic, and editor who was a majorContinue reading “July 15 Writer Birthdays”

July 14 Writer Birthdays

1634 – Pasquier Quesnel, French theologian. 1860 – Owen Wister, American author credited with inventing the western novel, with the publication of his iconic book, The Virginian; he also wrote nonfiction and biographies. 1903 – Thomas Dionysius Clark, historian, professor, and author of a landmark history of Kentucky; he was a champion for historic preservation,Continue reading “July 14 Writer Birthdays”

July 13 Writer Birthdays

1793 – John Clare, English poet, essayist, and violinist, known especially for his poetry about nature and preserving the environment in the face of the agricultural revolution. 1894 – Isaak Babel, Russian journalist, translator, dramatist, and short-story writer who was arrested and executed during Stalin’s purges. 1918 – Marcia Brown, American children’s author, illustrator, andContinue reading “July 13 Writer Birthdays”

July 12 Writer Birthdays

1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American author, essayist, poet, and philosopher, best known for his works Walden and Civil Disobedience. 1876 – Max Jacob, French poet, painter, writer, and critic whose work is seen as an important link between the symbolism and surrealism; despite the fact that the Jewish-born Jacob had converted to Catholicism decadesContinue reading “July 12 Writer Birthdays”

July 10 Writer Birthdays

1509 – John Calvin, French theologian, pastor, and reformer who wrote bible commentaries, treatises, and many of the foundation documents for reformed churches. 1856 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian/Austrian/American scientist, inventor, and engineer who wrote books and articles about his work, including an autobiography; he is best known for his work with electricity; among his discoveries:Continue reading “July 10 Writer Birthdays”

July 9 Writer Birthdays

1764 – Anne Radcliffe, English author and pioneer of the Gothic novel; she was the most popular author of her day, but not much is known about her life because she was so reclusive. Poet Christina Rossetti tried to write her biography but abandoned the project because so little information was available. 1775 – MatthewContinue reading “July 9 Writer Birthdays”

July 8 Writer Birthdays

1621 – Jean de la Fontaine, French fabulist poet whose collections of fables and poems are still widely read and who also wrote books of stories whose sexual content led to them being were banned by French authorities; before his death he re-embraced Catholicism and publicly denounced his work, going so far as to burnContinue reading “July 8 Writer Birthdays”