November 11 Writer Birthdays

1821 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and journalist best known for his later novels, including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamozov; his literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. 1846 – Anna Katharine Green,Continue reading “November 11 Writer Birthdays”

November 10 Writer Birthdays

1483 – Martin Luther, German priest and theological scholar whose writings sparked the Protestant Reformation. 1577 – Jacob Cats, Dutch poet, humorist, autobiographer, and politician; in his time, he was enormously popular in his own country, where he is still referred to as Father Cats. 1730 – Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist and playwright, best knownContinue reading “November 10 Writer Birthdays”

November 9 Writer Birthdays

1721 – Mark Akenside, English poet and physician; renowned poet Alexander Pope called him, “no ordinary writer.” 1731 – Benjamin Banneker, African-American U.S. author, almanac editor, mathematician, inventor, and astronomer who was the son of an ex-slave and a former indentured servant; he corresponded with Thomas Jefferson. 1732 – Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse, FrenchContinue reading “November 9 Writer Birthdays”

November 8 Writer Birthdays

1342 – Julian (or Juliana) of Norwich, (also known as Dame Julian or Mother Julian), influential British Catholic nun, theologian, and mystic who wrote the earliest surviving English-language book to be written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love. 1491 – Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet who also used the name Merlino Coccajo (or Cocajo); heContinue reading “November 8 Writer Birthdays”

November 7 Writer Birthdays

1414 – Jami, prolific Iranian-born writer, poet, philosopher, music theorist, and writer of mystical Sufi literature. He is recognized for his eloquence and for his analysis of the metaphysics of mercy. (His full name was Nur ad-Din ‘Abd ar-Rahman Jami, but he was also known as Mawlana Nur al-Din ‘Abd al-Rahman or Abd-Al-Rahman Nur-Al-Din MuhammadContinue reading “November 7 Writer Birthdays”

November 6 Writer Birthdays

1494 – Suleiman I (also called Birinci Süleyman, Kanunî Sultan Süleyman, and Muhtesem Süleyman, and commonly known as Suleiman the Magnificent and Suleiman the Lawgiver), Turkish-born leader who was the tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire; he was a distinguished poet and goldsmith who became a great patron of culture, overseeing the GoldenContinue reading “November 6 Writer Birthdays”

November 5 Writer Birthdays

1463 – Antonio Tebaldeo, Italian poet and writer who was born Antonio Tebaldi but changed his family name to Tebaldeo, in keeping with the practice of the Humanists, who sought to Latinize their names; he wrote verse in both Latin and Italian. His Italian verse is remarkable for diction and style rather than for anyContinue reading “November 5 Writer Birthdays”

November 4 Writer Birthdays

1310 – Song Lian (also called Jinglian), Chinese writer, teacher, politician, historian, painter, calligrapher, and politician who was a literary and political advisor and one of the principal figures in the school of Neo-Confucianism. 1568 – Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane, Italian Florentine poet, librettist, and man of letters; he became known as “the Younger” toContinue reading “November 4 Writer Birthdays”

November 3 Writer Birthdays

0039 – Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (better known in English as Lucan), Roman poet, writer, and historian who is considered one of the outstanding figures of the Imperial Latin period, known in particular for his epic Pharsalia. 1500 – Benvenuto Cellini, Florentine Italian writer, poet, autobiographer, painter, sculptor, and goldsmith; his best-known extant works include theContinue reading “November 3 Writer Birthdays”

November 2 Writer Birthdays

1758 — Ryokan Taigu, eccentric Japanese poet and calligrapher who was a Zen Buddhist monk. 1847 — Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist whose ideas about the power of myth influenced Marxists and Fascists. 1906 — Daniil Leonidovich Andreyev, German-born Russian writer, poet, and Christian mystic. 1911 — Odysseas Elytis, Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet, essayist,Continue reading “November 2 Writer Birthdays”