March 14 Writer Birthdays

1844 – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy, British poet of Irish descent. 1866 – Ng Poon Chew, Chinese author, journalist, publisher, and activist who published the first Chinese language daily newspaper to be printed outside of China 1869 – Algernon Blackwood, English novelist and short story writer, known for ghost stories and weird fiction. 1879 –Continue reading “March 14 Writer Birthdays”

March 13 Writer Birthdays

1742 – Anne Hunter, Irish-born British poet, lyricists, and saloniere who is mostly remembered now for writing the texts to at least nine of Joseph Haydn’s 14 songs in English. 1822 – Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German lyric poet. 1848 – Patrocinio de Biedma y la Moneda, Spanish poet, novelist, and journalist; in addition toContinue reading “March 13 Writer Birthdays”

March 12 Writer Birthdays

1799 – Mary Howitt, English poet, author, linguist, and translator best known for writing the poem The Spider and the Fly and for translating the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. 1836 – Isabella Beeton, influential English journalist, bestselling author, publisher, cookbook writer, magazine writer, translator, and businessperson whose name is most associated today with herContinue reading “March 12 Writer Birthdays”

March 11 Writer Birthdays

1544 – Torquato Tasso, Italian poet, author, and playwright who died a few days before the Pope was to crown him as The King of Poets; his work was widely translated and adapted, and until the 20th century, he remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe. 1549 – Henric Spieghel, Dutch RenaissanceContinue reading “March 11 Writer Birthdays”

March 10 Writer Birthdays

1627 – Catharina Wallenstedt (née Wallia), Swedish writer, courtier, and noblewoman known for about 350 letters she wrote to her husband and daughter; her letters have provided researchers with valuable historical information about life at the Swedish court, where she was maid of honor to Queen Christina. 1746 – Gajaman Nona (real name Donna IsabellaContinue reading “March 10 Writer Birthdays”

March 9 Writer Birthdays

1763 – William Cobbett, English writer, reformer, and publisher who, under the pen name Peter Porcupine, wrote political pamphlets and gazettes with strong radical viewpoints in both America and England. 1814 – Taras Shevchenko, Ukranian national poet, writer, painter, and politician whose writing is regarded as the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and language. 1892Continue reading “March 9 Writer Birthdays”

March 8 Writer Birthdays

1321 – Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi al-Gharnati, Spanish-born Moorish scholar, writer of poetry, history, travel literature, and law. 1707 – Mary Jones, modest but critically acclaimed English poet and postmistress of Oxford who had many friends who were well known in the literary world; some of her poems were written in private lettersContinue reading “March 8 Writer Birthdays”

March 7 Writer Birthdays

1715 – Ewald Christian von Kleist, German lyric poet and cavalry officer. 1785 – Alessandro Manzoni, Italian poet and novelist whose novel The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) is ranked among the masterpieces of world literature and is considered a symbol of Italian reunification, both for its patriotic message and because it was a milestone inContinue reading “March 7 Writer Birthdays”

March 6 Writer Birthdays

1483 – Francesco Guicciardini, Italian writer, historian, politician, diplomat, and philosopher. 1486 – Francysk Skaryna (or Francisk Skorina), Belarusian humanist, physician, and translator who was one of the first book printers in Eastern Europe, laying the groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language. 1619 – Cyrano de Bergerac, Pen name of Hercule-Savinein de Cyrano deContinue reading “March 6 Writer Birthdays”

March 5 Writer Birthdays

1145 – Baha ad-Din ibn Shaddad, Iraqi poet, writer, biographer, theologian, jurist and professor. 1840 – Constance Fenimore Woolson, American poet, novelist, and short-story writer whose great uncle was novelist James Fenimore Cooper; her fiction focused on the Great Lakes region, the American South, and American expatriates in Europe. 1853 – Howard Pyle, American author andContinue reading “March 5 Writer Birthdays”